What an epic Thursday night football game between the undefeated Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers who are now on a 7-game winning streak. The Green Bay Packers stepped up in crunch time and made the critical plays that would get them the win in a game that quite literally went down to the last few seconds. Let’s take a look at who the studs and duds were in the Packers week 8 24-21 victory.
In a game with Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling all out, Randall Cobb stepped back up as Aaron Rodgers’ trusted target when it mattered most. Cobb only ended up with 3 catches for 15 yards but 2 of those catches were for touchdowns. The second touchdown was to put the Green Bay Packers back on top by 10 which was a massive momentum shift in the game.
It was crucial to have a trusted guy like Cobb on the roster to go to when it seemed like the perfect storm was brewing for the Green Bay Packers to see their winning streak come to an end.
After finding his way on the duds list for the Green Bay Packers for having 2 fumbles in 4 touches last week against the Washington Football Team, AJ Dillon did as he was projected to do, plus more, and had a great bounce back game. Dillon did have one fumble that he recovered himself but other than that he had 16 rushes for 78 yards which was 4.9 yards per carry.
Dillon just refused to be tackled on Thursday night and pulled out some crazy runs that constantly felt like he was turning negative yard gains into 4, 5, 6, and more, yard gains. Each time the Green Bay Packers offense was seeing struggles it seemed like they could rely on putting him in and getting a little momentum built back up and he was a crucial piece to the win.
I think we all knew that we would be seeing Rasul Douglas’ name on the studs list for the Green Bay Packers. Douglas continues to see improvements and last night he registered 9 solo tackles a pass deflection and, of course, the interception to seal the victory for the Green Bay Packers.
Douglas has been one of the most valuable additions to the team so far this year and has been a security blanket to lean on as the Green Bay Packers secondary struggles with their health issues. Hopefully Douglas can keep a bigger workload once everyone returns to the field this year.
— NFL (@NFL) October 29, 2021
Amari Rodgers saw a bigger role with the Green Bay Packers top three options not available to play, and while he did have a few good moments, he saw some struggles in his first game with increased playing time. Rodgers had one reception for 7 yards and a 11-yard rush, but he also had a fumble that luckily went out of bounds and a wide-open drop.
Rodgers is still a rookie and he is settling into things so this isn’t a major concern but hopefully he can learn from some of his mistakes and continue to improve to be a key piece to the offense in the future.
I wouldn’t go out and say that Eric Stokes had a terrible game or anything, but it seems like the theme of the night for the mistakes were rookie mistakes and mental mistakes. Stokes started the night off by giving up a huge catch to DeAndre Hopkins that would have been a touchdown if it wasn’t the for the facemask penalty that brought the play back some. Stokes allowed a few other catches throughout the night but he did also have some good plays as well and ended with 6 tackles.
Stokes is a rookie and just like Amari Rodgers, there will be mistakes as they continue to learn and grow, the key is to actually learn from those mistakes and limit them for future games. If Stokes can do that, he will have a very bright future with the Green Bay Packers
I personally believe this was the biggest issue for the Green Bay Packers last night. They were out of time outs early in the 4th quarter from potential delay of game penalties and still tacked on another one on the goal line with a chance to put the nail in the coffin for the game.
There were a lot of guys out there with not a lot of in-game experience but the mental side of football is what you have to be prepared for when situations like these happen. We all know and expect the clock to run down to the last second as pre-snap motions move and Rodgers gets a good read on the defense, but this has to be like a well-oiled machine to avoid a situation like last night and it potentially costing the Green Bay Packers a win, or a chance to win.