2. Adrian Amos
Stat line: 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass breakup
Raven Greene was really coming on strong when he went down with an injury last week versus the Eagles. He built a nice role for himself as the nickel linebacker for Mike Pettine. Considering how much Pettine likes to play nickel, it became a key position for him.
With Greene out, Pettine turned to his veteran leader in the secondary and played Adrian Amos more near the line of scrimmage. And the results were good. He also lined up in the slot and covered well despite a key holding call against him in the fourth quarter.
Amos was solid against the run, finishing second on the team in tackles.
What I love about Amos is he seems to take the Packers’ deficiencies in run defense personal. When the Vikings and Dalvin Cook were running all over the Pack, Amos was still playing hard doing his part to stop it.
Amos plays hard all game, every game. Amos and Darnell Savage are the perfect complements to each other and both made their share of plays in the last few weeks.
Pettine seems to have found something with Amos and Savage, playing both near the line of scrimmage in different situations, with Amos playing the part in run support and Savage using his speed on blitzes.
Considering the Packers haven’t used them this way till late this season, there are still a few wrinkles the defense can throw at opposing teams to keep them off guard.