Green Bay Packer’s Receivers Step Up In Win Over 49ers

By Andy Davies November 6, 2020 0 Comment
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Packer’s Receivers Come to Life

The Green Bay Packers comfortably beat the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football.  The 34-17 win for Packers sounds closer than it actually was, considering they were up 31-3 to start of the fourth quarter. It was the help from Packer’s receivers that pushed them over the top.

Last Week’s Struggles

There was heavy criticism for the Packers after their shocking loss to their division rival Minnesota Vikings, with a score of 28-22.

Packer’s receiver, Davante Adams, was his usual self, catching seven balls for 53 yards and three touchdown scores. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw those three touchdowns to Adams, with no interceptions and was sacked just once.

Along with their run defense, which allowed Vikings running back Dalvin Cook to score four touchdowns, the Packers were clearly missing another star receiver. This has been an issue the past two seasons.

In this game, the player with the most receiving yards was tight end Robert Tonyan (79). Backup tight end, Jace Sternberger, caught the third most receiving yards (46). No Packer’s receiver except Adams caught for more than 30 yards in the Vikings loss.

Back To Winning Ways In San Francisco 

However, in the Thursday Night Football win over the 49ers, we saw other Packer’s receivers, outside Adams, being major contributors.

Allen Lazard was a big hit  with two touchdowns and 254 receiving yards in the opening three games before his injury. Unfortunately, we have not seen him since week 3. He was seen as a reliable number two receiver and a legitimate option in the passing game. No other Packer’s receivers have really stepped up in his absence.

This brings everyone back to the Packers decision of drafting quarterback Jordan Love in the first round. Was this really the best decision when there was still a great selection of receivers available at that spot?

In the win against the 49ers, we saw four passing touchdowns scored by Green Bay. Davante Adams scored one of these, with Marquez Vantes-Scantling scoring two and the final by tight end Marcedes Lewis. For reference, Vantes-Scantling hasn’t scored a touchdown since the week-1 win over Minnesota. While the yardage outside of Adams’s 173 yards wasn’t anything to boast about, each got a score when their number was called.

What we saw with Scantling and Lewis is that Rodgers has other Packers receivers to choose from.

It is very rare that a team wins a Super Bowl with just one true receiving option. If the  Packers are to challenge for an NFC Championship and beyond, Rodgers has to find other receiving threats. The Packers tried to trade for Will Fuller at the trade deadline, but couldn’t come to terms on value.

The hope is that when Allen Lazard comes back from injury, he could be the right piece. This could be crucial toward the back half of the regular season, playoffs and hopefully a Super Bowl run.

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