3 takeaways from Packers’ win vs. Steelers in Week 4

Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

Three takeaways from the Packers’ win over the Steelers.

Make it three in a row for the Green Bay Packers.

The disastrous start to the season against the New Orleans Saints now feels like a distant memory as the Packers have looked good in each of their past three games.

They entered as favorites and got the job done against the Steelers. What did we learn from the game?

1. Randall Cobb steps up

With Marquez Valdes-Scantling on injured reserve and Davante Adams continuing to see double teams, the Packers needed another wide receiver to step up.

Enter Randall Cobb, who caught five passes for a team-high 69 yards and two touchdowns. It’s like he never left. As ever, Cobb is always in the right place and can be trusted to make catches at important moments.

He even showed off his impressive defensive ability with a beautiful pass breakup on a pass intended for Adams. OK, that play didn’t go as intended, but it was the only mistake in an otherwise strong performance from Cobb.

2. Injury problems continue for Packers defense

Joe Barry’s defense entered the game without Za’Darius Smith and Kevin King. Now we can add Jaire Alexander and Preston Smith to the injury list.

Alexander suffered a shoulder injury in the second half, which is a real concern. Isaac Yiadom entered the game. Without Alexander and King, depth is an issue at cornerback.

The same is true with the pass rush. The good news is Smith was able to return, but his injury will be one to watch. The Packers can’t afford to lose too many starters at both cornerback and outside linebacker.

3. Eric Stokes continues to impress

It was far from a perfect afternoon for Eric Stokes. He’s a rookie cornerback so it’s almost a guarantee he’ll make mistakes. But once again, the signs are there that he can be a very good player.

Stokes made eight tackles and broke up two passes then, with Alexander out the game, he came up with his first NFL interception to seal the win.

There should be no doubt that Stokes is a starter even when King returns from injury.