Packers: Top five performers vs. Chiefs in Week 8 victory
By Jesse Fry
5. Za’Darius Smith
A week after getting blanked in the sack column, Za’Darius Smith made up for lost time, getting the Packers’ only two sacks on the night.
Down to backups on the left side of the offensive line, Andy Reid knew the Packers’ Smith brothers would wreak havoc if he didn’t do something. So Reid’s game plan called for many three-step drops and quick throws.
When he called for something longer, Smith was in the face of Matt Moore, disrupting the play if not getting the sack.
The defense has taken a step back after a hot start to the season. But players like Smith show time and again they can come through with a big play when the team needs it. He is also proving to be a key leader for this team, getting voted as a captain in his first year with the team. He has also played through pain, taking only a handful of plays off though dealing with a knee injury since early in the season.
At the halfway point of the 2019 season, the Packers are 7-1 and in first place in the North. They have swept the first round of games against the division and have a chance to do the same against the AFC West with a win versus the Chargers next week.
Before we get there, the Packers have a chance to add to their team at the trade deadline. Whether they do or don’t, the Packers are building something special. This team is getting better every week and looks to be getting healthy. The battle is far from over, but the Packers are off to a great start.