The good, the bad and the ugly of the first 12 games of Green Bay Packers
With the Green Bay Packers on their week off, let’s go back and look back on the first 12 games of their season, reviewing the good, the bad and the ugly of what we’ve seen so far.
The Green Bay Packers Voucher
First of all, I’ll start by saying that at 9-3 there was certainly a lot of good. So good that there’s no way I can get through it all. But I tried to make sure I identified many of the main reasons for Green Bay’s early season success.
Week 1 was tough but from that point on that Joe Barry defense continued to improve every week and over the past month they were able to not only put in impressive performances but also performances. downright dominant. That includes a stretch against Kyler Murray, Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson where Green Bay limited those QBs to just 601 total passing yards with one touchdown and four interceptions.
In 12 games, Green Bay ranks fifth in points per game allowed, seventh in yards per game abandoned, and by DVOA-weighted Football Outsiders, a measure of efficiency, the Packers rank 11th. It’s a credit to Barry and his defense when so many players like Dean Lowry, De’Vondre Campbell, Chandon Sullivan and others are all having their best football seasons – it’s no coincidence.
In terms of player development, the third season in the NFL may be where we see the biggest leap forward, which Rashan Gary did. Despite missing one game, Gary still ranks seventh among edge rushers in total pressure, according to PFF ($$), and he ranks fourth in quarterback hits. He was also quite good against the race.
Gary has become the player that opposing attacks need to care about and over the year we’ve seen him gain more and more attention, but that doesn’t mean teams are slowing him down.
Pretty much since the start of the season, Kenny Clark has been a one-man demolition team from within. There are a number of flagship games where it simply intimidates its way into the backfield.
Clark’s 47 presses are tied for second among all inside defensive linemen and he’s also recorded three sacks. When Clarks plays at this level, the entire Green Bay defense benefits. The doubles that he draws help create for his teammates, and pressure in the middle is one of the best and fastest ways to blow up a game.
The Green Bay Packers have lost three of their five favorite starters along the offensive line and have had plenty of setups this season in an attempt to overcome injuries. But no matter who starts or where, that offensive line has held its own through it all.
Based on ESPN’s execution block and hit block success rate metrics, the Packers’ offensive line ranks seventh in both categories. While they are certainly not as dominant as they were a season ago and need to be factored into the game plan, for the most part the running game has been quite effective and Aaron Rodgers has had time in the game. pocket he needed.
Of course, the players deserve most of the credit, but being able to cope with injuries and constant reshuffles is a reflection of coaching as well.
Playmakers in attack
This offense isn’t in full swing like it was a season ago, but Green Bay’s big three – Rodgers, Davante Adams and Aaron Jones – have all played at high levels. After watching Rodgers and Adams for all these years, it can be easy to overlook what they do as Ordinary– because for these two, it is. However, their Ordinary is still the elite.
And as good as these two are, as I often say, this offense is at its best when Aaron Jones hits over 20 hits per game, whether on the ground or in the air. Jones’s sheer presence and versatility can really open up the passing game.
There are sure to be other players who have made and will make big plays, but this Green Bay Packers offense is all about the play of those three.
We have a gambler, folks.
Corey Bojorquez can do it all, explode 60-yard punters, pin returlers along the sideline or use his touch to pin the opponent inside his own 20-yard line. In 12 games, Bojorquez ranks eighth on average and second on net average.
The Green Bay Packers are in fourth place in terms of turnover margin, thanks to that defense for generating takeout, but also Rodgers, who is very good at not giving the ball away. The Packers’ 19 takeaways rank eighth, and during Matt LaFleur’s day, Green Bay was 28-0 when they won the sales battle.
In a tough year off the pitch for the Green Bay Packers, Brian Gutekunst handled it well. Despite Rodgers’ discontent earlier this year and the uncertainty surrounding his future, he looks genuinely happy in Green Bay right now.
Gutey also made a number of key additions including De’Vondre Campbell, Corey Bojorquez, Randall Cobb – okay, maybe Cobb was more so because of Rodgers – Rasul Douglas and Whitney Mercilus. His most recent draft is already paying off, with Eric Stokes, Royce Newman and Josh Myers all starting immediately, along with Amari Rodgers, Shemar Jean-Charles and Kylin Hill all contributing to special teams.
The Green Bay Packers offense has dominated possession time this season. On average, they hold the ball for 32:29, which is the second-highest number in the NFL. Relying on the running game, their third success, and generating turnovers in defense are all key contributors to their ability to control the clock.