Packers: Five players key to victory in Week 2 vs. Lions

Green Bay Packers, Tyler Ervin (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Robert Tonyan
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3. Robert Tonyan

The Packers’ wide receivers had a big game against a young and inexperienced Vikings secondary.

Davante Adams had a record-tying day, Marquez Valdes-Scantling got deep a few times and came away with a touchdown. Allen Lazard showed why he looks like a breakout candidate, putting up a solid stat line. The running backs looked good, finding holes for solid gains on the ground and looked stronger and stronger as the game went on.

This Packers team gave a good foundation on which to build on going forward in the season.

In order for the offense to continue to grow and reach elite levels, someone from the tight end group is going to have to become at least a consistent threat.

For the past three years, Robert Tonyan has done enough to make the roster. He has also flashed some big-play potential. He has yet to offer anything on a consistent basis yet though.

If Tonyan can take the next step in his evolution this season, the Packers could make the 43-point output they had last week a regular occurrence.

It won’t be easy for Tonyan though. The Lions feature a veteran and athletic linebacker corps led by Jamie Collins, who won’t be suspended for his headbutt to a referee and will be available.

The Packers showed their desire to play multiple tight ends in week one. Now, let’s see someone from that group step up and become a contributor.