With the Vikings focusing on the run, the Packers gave more snaps to their base packages on defense during Sunday’s game. The Green Bay Packers
defeated the Minnesota Vikings
21-16 on Sunday afternoon, and they did so in an unusual manner: jumping out to a big lead then eventually finishing off the win with a running game and big plays from the defense. This is an encouraging sign for the team if Aaron Rodgers
can find and sustain the success that he had on the first three series of the game, all of which ended in touchdowns for the Packers.
There were a few wrinkles in the breakdown of the team’s playing time, most notably on the offensive line. There, Elgton Jenkins
got to spell Lane Taylor
for a few series at left guard, getting his first taste of regular season action. Meanwhile, the defense used a heavier dose of base personnel, with Tyler Lancaster
and linebacker B.J. Goodson
seeing significant snaps in the victory.
Here’s the breakdown of playing time. (Note that due to an error in the NFL’s tracking system, one Packers punt was labeled as an offensive play rather than a special teams snap, so a few offensive players’ snap counts may be off by a play.)
OFFENSE (74 plays)
Rodgers’ day mirrored that of the Packers’ offense overall; stellar through 20 minutes but ugly thereafter. He had a perfect passer rating through three drives, completing nine of ten passes with a pair of touchdowns. However, his final stat line went 22 of 34 for 209 yards, an average of just 6.14 yards per attempt.
Running BacksAaron Jones
43, Jamaal Williams
35, Danny Vitale
The Packers got a career day from Jones
in terms of workload, as the third-year back set career highs in carries (23) and total touches (27). He also totaled 150 yards from scrimmage, second in his career to only last year’s Miami game when he had 172.Williams
added 28 yards rushing on nine carries and three receptions for 13 yards, including the Packers’ first touchdown.
Wide ReceiversDavante Adams
71, Marquez Valdes-Scantling
65, Geronimo Allison
34, Jake Kumerow
6, Trevor Davis
Green Bay used 11 personnel on around 40 percent of their snaps on Sunday, likely looking to attack the Vikings’ depleted secondary with their wideouts. Adams
did not find the end zone, but he had his first big game of the year with seven catches on nine targets for 106 yards.
Of the rest of the wideouts, only Allison
(4 catches for 25 yards and one touchdown), MVS (three for 19) and Kumerow
(one for 12) were targeted in the passing game.
Tight EndsJimmy Graham
54, Marcedes Lewis
31, Robert Tonyan
The Packers’ tight ends were shut out in the passing game on Sunday, with no receptions on three targets. The team also continues to insist on using Graham
as a blocker, as he was responsible for whiffing on Danielle Hunter
on a third-down sack in the third quarter, and he also got a flag for offensive pass interference on what would have been his only reception in the game.
Offensive LinemenBryan Bulaga
74, David Bakhtiari
74, Billy Turner
74, Corey Linsley
74, Lane Taylor
56, Elgton Jenkins 18
After Taylor apparently won the starting left guard job in training camp, the Packers began to work Elgton Jenkins into the lineup on Sunday, giving him a few series in that spot. Jenkins looked solid in his playing time, however, and he will probably be in the starting lineup at some point in the relatively near future.
The line had a better day run-blocking against Minnesota than they did in week one, helping pave the way for a steady if not explosive 144 yards on 33 carries. They also only gave up one sack of Rodgers, with the second being on Graham.
DEFENSE (65 plays)
Defensive LinemenKenny Clark
56, Dean Lowry
43, Tyler Lancaster
32, Montravius Adams
19, Fadol Brown
continues to get the bulk of the work on the defensive line, and he ended up landing the Packers’ only sack of the game — which resulted in a forced fumble and a turnover as Dean Lowry
recovered. Lowry was consistently around the quarterback, as the Vikings seemed incapable of blocking him, though he had just three tackles and a pass breakup.
Lancaster saw significant playing time, even more than Adams
— again likely due to the team’s focus on defending the run.
Outside LinebackersPreston Smith
57, Za’Darius Smith
56, Kyler Fackrell
21, Rashan Gary
The Packers got a total of four hits on Cousins
from this group — one each from the Smiths and a pair from Fackrell
. However, Fackrell’s day was a disappointment, as he had a couple of clean shots at players in the backfield and could not bring them down. Za’Darius Smith finished the day with six tackles while Preston had two stops and an interception. Gary played more than he did in week one, but recorded no official stats. Stay tuned to see if he had any pressures once some advanced stats are announced.
Inside LinebackersBlake Martinez
65, B.J. Goodson
38, Raven Greene
15, Will Redmond
was his usual stalwart self, and against a run-heavy team his presence was felt with 13 total tackles in the game. Greene
left the game fairly early with an ankle injury and did not return, leaving more snaps for Goodson
, who played a fair amount thanks to the heavier run and base personnel focus. When the team did go with a hybrid DB/linebacker late in the game, Redmond was the guy, though he did not appear on the stat sheet.
65, Adrian Amos
There were no surprises here, as the Packers’ starting safety duo lined up on every snap. Savage did take a cleat to the leg on the last play of the game, but the team does not appear to be concerned about his status moving forward. Savage’s stat line finished with six solo tackles, a pass breakup, and a forced fumble (on Kirk Cousins
), while Amos
had three tackles (one for a loss) plus a fourth on special teams.
65, Kevin King
64, Tramon Williams
21, Josh Jackson
With the Packers focusing more heavily on base alignments thanks to the Vikings’ focus on the running game, the team tended to use far fewer three-cornerback sets. Williams
was the one who lost out on snaps in those situations, as Alexander
took practically every snap at the boundary positions.
Alexander had a pair of pass breakups in the first half, but allowed a touchdown pass to slip through his fingers as he lost it in the sun. However, he was consistently there with tight coverage on Stefon Diggs
and Adam Thielen. Meanwhile, King recorded an interception in the red zone to effectively clinch the win for the Packers.[/URL]
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