The Best and the Wurst is a weekly series wherein I highlight just a few of the things that stuck out to me in last week’s game. They are not only or merely the best or wurst players overall, but are merely observations from the game. Sometimes the considerations aren’t even players at all, but play calls, incidents, or various nonsense.
Datone Jones: Man, Datone has really come on as of late. He’s definitely now playing like a first round pick. He accumulated two sacks and a pass defensed last night. He was basically just all around disruptive. The pairing of Jones and Mike Daniels is really starting to wreak havoc. When you throw a good performance by BJ Raji into the mix, the Packers have a formidable front.
Eddie Lacy: Lacy came back in a big way yesterday, accumulating 100 yards and averaging a nice 4.5 yards per carry. While Rodgers and the receivers still had trouble getting in-sync, Lacy provided the stability that the Packers’ offense needed to get rolling. Minnesota has a decent defense, and the Packers scored more points on them last night than anyone has all season. Credit a lot of that to Lacy’s consistency.
James Jones: Jones made some ridiculous catches in this game, including a TD pass at the far side of the endzone. While he’s been quiet in recent weeks, Jones stepped up and made some big plays.
Mason Crosby: It’s easy to forget about Crosby, but he put up 16 points against the Vikings, going 5 for 5 on FGs and 1/1 on XPs. I know that some fans are likely still upset about that botched FG last week against the Lions, but no one should take Crosby for granted. He’s one of the best kickers in the league.
J.C. Tretter: Losing starting center Corey Linsley on the first offensive drive of the game could have put the Packers in a big hole. Instead Tretter stepped in and played very well. You can attribute some of Lacy’s success to Tretter.
Randall Cobb: Cobb had some big time drops. It’s unclear what’s going on with Cobb, but he’s been regressing over the past few weeks. We all know that the talent is there, but Cobb needs to get back to fundamentals. Make the catch first, then think about running.
Taylor O\'Neill is a Packer fan born and raised in Oshkosh, WI. He currently lives in Florida and is pursuing his PhD. Taylor is a writer with PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @TaylorONeill87 for more Packer news.