Jclombardi reviews & grades Packers victory over Cardinals
Summary: Building upon an early 14-0 lead, the Packers dominated the Cardinals routing the Cardinals 33-7. WR Driver had over the 1,000 yard mark on the season making the Packers to be the only team to have back years with a 4,000 yard passer, a 1,200 yard rusher (RB Grant), and two 1,000 yard receivers (Driver & Jennings). The Packers are 11-5 facing the Cardinals again in a rematch playoff game.
Game Balls: 1. LB Matthews 2. CB Williams 3. QB Rodgers 4. CB Woodson.
Report Card–Good, Bad, & Ugly: LA vs SE.
Pass Offense—B vs B-. Playing for 3 quarters, QB “All Day” Rodgers had a solid game with solid protection completing 21 of 26 passes for 235 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions, and 117.1 passer rating. WR Driver had 6 receptions for 65. WR Nelson had 1 reception for 51 yards. TE Finley had 4 receptions for 34 yards and 1 touchdown. WR Jennings had 3 receptions for 29 yards.
Rush Offense—B- vs C. All three running backs played well. The Packers had 34 carries for a strong 109 yards. It’s great to see RB Green end his career back with the Packers.
Pass Defense—B+ vs B. The Packers defense had a stellar game. The 3-4 defense stopped the Cardinals with three big interceptions including CB Woodson’s one for a touchdown. The rookies have taken this new 3-4 defense to new heights. LB Matthews and LB Jones were solid at the edge. Yet, the pass rush must improve for the rematch game.
Rush defense—A- vs B+. The short-yardage defense continued their strong performance against the rush as the run defense set a new team record for least yardage allowed in a season. The Cardinals had 14 carries for only 48 yards.
Special teams—B+ vs B. The coverage team had a great day. PR/KR Nelson had 105 return yards. K Crosby kickoffs were solid. He hit a 26 yard field goal. P Kapinos had 2 punts averaging 49 gross yards.
Coaching—B+ vs B. Both the offense and the defense had a stellar game. On offense, the Packers had 24 first downs and 345 total yards. In 3rd down efficiency, they were a decent 5 for 12. In the red zone, they were a good 3 for 5. McCarthy’s decision was correct to play the starters for 3 quarters and to get a dominating win as a confidence builder for the coming playoff game rematch.
Overall Game—B+. In a quasi-exhibition away game against the Cardinals, the Packers won big setting the stage for the first round playoff game rematch.
Oates’ Grades: Offense—B. Defense—A. Special Teams—B+. Overall Game—B+.
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Commentary: The Packers rolled into playoffs setting the stage for a big playoff game rematch.
Preview: Next Sunday, a rematch road game against the Cardinals. With minor injuries, CB Woodson, LB Jones, & DT Pickett will be ready to play for the game.