On multiple occasions, the Green Bay Packers looked dead in the water against the Cincinnati Bengals on the road – but as luck would have it, apparently they had luck on their side on Sunday. Their fourth win came in a 25-22 overtime victory, one that saw the offense hold up its end of the bargain, while the kicking game for both teams was what kept this game as close as it was.
Coming into the game, Mason Crosby had converted on all 17 of his kicks this season, six of which were field goals. But after today’s performance, Crosby will be looking forward to moving on from this disaster of a game, even though they did win because of him.
Having missed an extra point and three consecutive field goals, Crosby’s day was reminiscent of his ugly performance back in October 2018, when he missed five field goals in an eight-point loss in Detroit. But as was with that day and this game day, Crosby was able to make the kicks that he did make count.
Four makes out of eight attempts still showcases a good game for Crosby, but he certainly is capable of better performances, and hopefully will put his best foot forward for that next week against the Bears on the road.
Davante Adams was putting on a clinic in this game, producing a career-high 206 receiving yards on 11 receptions (16 targets) and TD – with Aaron Rodgers having thrown for 344 yards and 2 scores himself, Adams absolutely destroyed the CIN secondary, continuously getting open across the middle of the field and hauling in passes.
Aaron Jones produced a 100-yard rushing affair, aided by his 57-yard scamper, and he hauled in four passes for six yards on the ground. AJ Dillon caught the other passing TD from Rodgers on the day, a 12-yard catch and run to kick off the scoring in the second quarter.
Defensively, the Packers got after Joe Burrow, sacking him three times and intercepting him twice, all while holding him to a sub-55 QB rating. They also held the Bengals to 103 yards on the ground, forcing Burrow to beat them through the air.
Rookie WR JaMarr Chase produced another stand-out game, hauling in 6 receptions for 159 yards (long of 70 yards) and 1 TD, showcasing his relationship with Burrow yet again.
Even with the kicking woes for Crosby, the Packers were able to come out of this road game with a 4-1 record, an impressive feat with having been without Jaire Alexander, David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins, and Za’Darius Smith for various periods of time this season.
Facing rookie QB Justin Fields in GB’s second divisional matchup next week will be another good test, even with both teams not being at full strength.뿓뿓뿓
Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23