Here are the Green Bay Packers who had the best and worst performances in their victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
The Green Bay Packers moved to 10-3 on the season thanks to an incomplete victory over the Washington Redskins. All the game wasn’t pretty by any standards, Green Bay did what they came out to do and added another tally in their win column.
In the 20-15 victory, a couple of players stood out over the rest. A few were also eerily silent or made their names heard in a less desirable way. Let’s check out the studs and duds.
The Packers’ punt return game was historically bad. Or, at least until Tyler Ervin arrived. They claimed Ervin off waivers on Tuesday and he immediately resumed primary punt returning duties. And produced.
Ervin returned four punts for 51 yards on Sunday, an average of 12.8 per return. Green Bay got nothing from their return game so any positive yardage is a nice boost. If this trend continues, it will provide the offense with better field position and hopefully lead to more points in the future.
LaFleur doesn’t find himself on this list because of the gameplan he implemented against Washington. Rather, it’s for racking up his 10th win of the season-the most by a rookie coach in Packers’ history. He’s been a breath of fresh air for the franchise and has turned them around in his first season calling the shots.
Jones was one of the lone bright spots for the Packers’ offense. He carried the ball 16 times for 134 yards and added six receptions for 58 yards as well. The offensive playmaker had been quiet in recent weeks, but LaFleur and company re-involved him against Washington. It’s imperative they stick with that strategy moving forward.
The reason the passing game is the only dud is because it encompasses a little bit of everything; Aaron Rodgers, the wide receivers, the pass-blocking and the playcalling. None if it was very good.
Rodgers finished the game 18-for-28 for 195 yards and one touchdown. He posted a 43.4 QBR and was sacked four times. That’s not acceptable, especially against a porous Washington team. The Packers have a lot of work cut out if they want to make a deep run in the postseason and it might start with their passing game.