Week 10 ended up being a good one for the Green Bay Packers. It wasn’t a pretty win, but I’ll take any win at Chicago. So, what Packers played great and what ones need some work?
Offensive Line – Justin McCray deserves some sort of award. The guy is being asked to play every position across the line, and he’s doing a serviceable job despite his total lack of experience. The line held up pretty well, and opened some holes for Jamaal Williams. Most of the pressure on Hundley was because he doesn’t have the trust to climb the pocket yet. The continued success of the five men up front will play a huge role in Green Bay’s offense moving forward.
Randall Cobb – It’s been a renaissance of sorts for Cobb. He’s done a good job of getting open, and making plays with the ball in his hands. I also love his versatility to take some direct snaps. I have a sneaking suspicion we are going to see Cobb pass out of that formation in the coming weeks (and it’s fun to see some creativity from the offensive staff).
Davante Adams – Adams continues to take steps towards becoming an elite receiver. He had one really bad drop, but his plays down the stretch sealed the game. Ted Thompson is going to have to open the checkbook this offseason.
Kenny Clark – Clark is quietly having a tremendous season. Mike Daniels gets more credit, but when the defense looks good it’s usually because of Clark. Watching him take on double teams is one of the best film evaluations you will see.
Nick Perry – He finally looks healthy and made some really crucial plays. I will temper my expectations because it was against the Bears, but generating a pass rush will go a long ways to improving the defense.
Josh Jones – Jones is being asked to do way more than he should. He’s stepped up in the absence of Morgan Burnett and Kentrell Brice and done nothing but make plays.
Trevor Davis – Not a great decision to field a punt inside your end zone, but he looked electric on several returns. Davis is going to break one for a TD in the near future. He brings serious speed to a roster that is sorely lacking in that area.
Justin Vogel – He’s had a good rookie year, but a terrible hold and very average punting gets you on the dud list. I’m still happy with Vogel overall.
Davon House – I think his return to GB is going to end after one year. House has brought a veteran presence to the defense, but he’s just not quick enough to handle opposing receivers (even the Bears very mediocre ones).
Mike McCarthy – I don’t make judgements on playcalling, so think what you would like in that regard. However, I have no idea how a Quarterback can be coached by an expert for nearly three years and always look to abandon the pocket backwards. So many of the problems with Hundley can be fixed by having him step up in the pocket. I can’t blame McCarthy for Hundley’s slow decision making process, but hopefully the game will be slowing down for him a bit.
Kyler Fackrell – Fackrell is always bad. He needs to be replaced asap.
The Packers have a great chance to get themselves back in the playoff picture this weekend against the Ravens, but the Studs list is going to need to grow to get there.Andrew Mertig is a a lifelong Packers fan and draft enthusiast. He has covered the NFL draft for radio and television stations in Green Bay. He is currently a host of the Pack-A-Day podcast and a writer for PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig