Packers: Top five performers vs. Bears in season opener win
By Jesse Fry
1. Adrian Amos
How can you not start with Adrian Amos? For the first time in his career, Amos played in a new uniform. One of the key free agents signed by GM Brian Gutekunst, the spotlight was already on Amos. He was signed because of his steady and assignment-sound presence in the secondary.
Amos’ stats from last season were good but not great as he was only involved in two turnover plays. But he was always where he needed to be and made sure others were as well. That was no different in this game but for one exception, Amos was the difference in the game. Amos finished with only three tackles and one interception. But, that one interception was the turning point in the game.
In fact, it was the only turnover in the game.
And in a 10-3 ballgame, that one play was the difference between a win and a loss.
But, let’s look beyond that play. Amos was exactly the person the Packers wanted him to be. On very few occasions was the defense, especially the secondary, lined up late or in the wrong spot, if at all. Amos was quick to the play and although he didn’t always make the tackle, he made sure he slowed the runner down. If you think this isn’t important, think about how many times a missed tackle bled into a 14-yard gain (cough, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix).
One welcomed sight was with two minutes left in the game, and a deep pass by Mitch Trubisky that was overthrown. To the naked eye it would be an incomplete pass and overthrown, but what the All-22 will tell you is it was Amos, at the right place, at the right time, where he was supposed to be.