What we learned from the Packers’ Week 7 win.
The Green Bay Packers bounced back in Week 7 despite having many of their starters out.
It was an important victory for the Packers, their fifth on the season, and showed some of the depth they have on the roster.
Here are three takeaways from Green Bay’s impressive win over the Houston Texans:
1. Davante Adams leads the way
Wow. What a performance.
When the Aaron Rodgers-Davante Adams connection gets going, defenses might as well give up. The result is the same. This was one of those days. And when Adams continues to get wide open, Rodgers has absolutely no problem throwing his way over and over until the defense stops it.
Well, the defense didn’t. Adams was targeted 16 times, catching 13 of them for 196 yards and two touchdowns. A career-best performance for Adams, who now has 449 yards and four touchdowns on the season despite only starting and finishing three games.
2. Another shutdown performance by Jaire Alexander
Equally as impressive on the other side of the ball was Jaire Alexander. For as easy as Adams makes getting open and dominating defenses, Alexander is as comfortable shutting down top receivers on the other team.
Alexander has already put in All-Pro performances when matched up against Calvin Ridley and Mike Evans. On Sunday, it was Will Fuller’s turn to visit Jaire Island.
According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Alexander covered Fuller on 68 percent of his routes. In his coverage, Fuller was targeted once but didn’t have a catch.
We can forget about “potential” or “talented young cornerback” when talking about Alexander. He’s arrived. And Alexander is possibly the best cornerback in the league. For the third game in a row, he’s shut down an excellent receiver.
3. Raven Greene steps up
Another defensive back who impressed on Sunday was safety Raven Greene.
With Kevin King and Darnell Savage out, Greene stepped up and made an impact, leading the team in tackles with eight while also making two pass defenses, and he almost had an interception.
It has been clear for the past couple of seasons that Greene is talented player. Staying healthy has been the concern. On Sunday, the Packers needed all the help they could get in the secondary given all of the injuries. And what a performance by Greene.