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The “W” Report: Week 3 Green Bay Packers win 37-30 in New Orleans

  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Allen Lazard
  • ALvin Kamara
  • Davante Adams
  • Drew Brees
  • Green Bay Packers
  • new orleans saints
  • Za'Darius Smith
By Nathaniel Scott September 30, 2020 0 Comment
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Another week, another Green Bay Packers’ victory as Aaron Rodgers’ and company  win 37-30 in New Orleans.

The Pack went marching in to play the New Orleans Saints as the underdogs,  but come out with  and a victory in a game that could have major playoffs implications come January! The Green Bay Packers  relied on a host of second and third year players who stepped up and made big plays as they offense continues to impress!

Who (stood out): Allen Lazard, Iowa State!

A lot has been made of the fact Aaron Rodgers only had one touchdown pass to a player drafted in the first round coming into Sunday nights showdown against the New Orleans Saints. Yet, through three weeks of play, no one has been able to slow this team down offensively. In this week, it was 2018 undrafted free agent Allen Lazard, who stepped up and had a monster game in Davante Adams‘ absence. Lazard had eight catches for 146 yards, both career highs, and he capped off his 2020 break out performance with a touchdown pass early in the second quarter.

What (happened in a nutshell): Green Bay was efficient offensively, but not so much defensively

Green Bay would prevail in a shoot out, as their defense struggled all game to contain Alvin Kamara! Kamara slipped off tackles, and evaded defenders all night, like a greased pig in a pigpen. Recording  two touchdowns, and 197 total yard from scrimmage. Thankfully Green Bay was able to match the New Orleans Saints offensive output blow for blow, and made just enough plays on defense, when it counted most, thus they were able to secure the seven point victory.

When(was the turning point): Early in the forth, Za’Darius Smith made his presence felt!

Late in the third quarter Matt LaFleur decided to go for it on 4th down, but Green Bay unfortunately failed to convert. Just as it seemed New Orleans would seize the momentum, Green Bay’s defense finally showed up! Taysom Hill would come into the game on second & three, for a wild cat, zone-read option type play, but Za’Darius Smith had other plans! Smith barged pass a would be blocker, and meet Hill at the mesh point, knocking the ball loose! Smith not only caused the fumble, but also recovered the football.

Where (they looked good and/or bad): The Offense was efficient, but the defense couldn’t tackle

Once again the offensive line looked like the best unit in football. Rodgers completed 67% of his passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns. The offensive line only allowed a singe sack all game, and paved the way on the ground for 98 total yards. Green Bay also won the turn over battle as they have all year. They would not commit a single turnover all night, but generated three forced fumbles. Thanks to two unlucky bounces, they were only able to recover one. As for the bad, the tackling was horrendous, and certainly need improvement! Green Bay had 13 missed tackles in the game, five of which came on one play; a 52 yard Alvin Kamara touchdown run in the third quarter!

Why (they ultimately won): The offense is scary good, and the defense did just enough

Even with Adams on the sideline, Green Bay put up 37 points, on the road against a very talented defense. Rodgers looks like his old MVP self, and the offense is very balanced. Maybe more balanced than it’s ever looked in Rodgers’ 15 year career, which is scary for opposing defenses. Guys they needed to step up, did. Robert Tonyan and Jace Sternberger, finally decided to show up, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

The old bend but don’t break defense Packers’ fans have come to know and loath, did just enough to slow New Orleans down so Green Bay could escape with the seven point victory. Pettine’s unit was able to force the Saints to punt at some critical moments, and then held them to field goals at other; which would prove to be crucial to their success. One bright spot defensively, second year lineman, Kingsley Keke had a breakout performance recording 2 sacks in the game and forcing one fumble.

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