You ever get the feeling that once the calendar flips to the month of November, football just feels different when it’s played at Lambeau Field? Sure seems like the Green Bay Packers felt that.
On their way to holding Russell Wilson and the Seahawks to their first shutout in over 10 years, the Packers were able to ride some winter weather and a strong rushing attack to a 17-0 victory. This victory helped ensure that head coach Matt LaFleur still has not lost consecutive games in his head coaching career, an amazing feat that shows what kind of organizational leader he really is.
In Aaron Rodgers’ return from being on the COVID list, both offenses sputtered most of the game, failing to stretch together any sort of momentum.
For the Packers, they were able to put up points on three separate occasions, but had other drives that should have resulted in points. From Rodgers throwing a costly end zone interception to Jamaal Adams as he was being sacked, to Mason Crosby missing yet another field goal, the Packers had plenty of chances to put more points on the board.
This game was also Russell Wilson’s first game back after his finger injury, and the Seattle offense just looked off the whole day – Wilson was unable to connect with his receiving core for most of the game, relying on his tight ends and running backs in the passing game more than anything.
Wilson was picked off twice by the Packers, with Kevin King picking him off in the end zone and Adrian Amos catching up on a deep ball to add to Wilson’s climbing INT counter when facing the Packers.
On defense, both teams started out strong, seeing as how neither opposing offense could do anything right in the first half. But the Seattle defense quickly had its shortcomings exposed, as the Packers’ tandem of RBs were able to expose it, while timely completions to Davante Adams and Randall Cobb helped create some offensive levity and helped the Packers move the ball down the field.
Coming out of halftime with a 3-0 lead, it was somewhat expected that the Packers would allow some sort of points from a Seattle offense that has the weapons on it to score and score fast. But instead, Joe Barry kept his unit focused, as the pass rush harassed the bad SEA offense line, and with game script not allowing the Seahawks to utilize Alex Collins on the ground, it fell solely on the shoulders of Wilson.
Two rushing scores for AJ Dillon helped show that he is turning into winter AJ Dillon, the same one that surfaced against the Tennessee Titans last year in the snow globe at Lambeau where he made a name for himself. Unfortunately, the Dillon breakout ended up happening due to an increased workload after Aaron Jones went down with a injury, one that does not have any specific diagnosis tied to it at this time.
Whitney Mercilus and Rashan Gary both suffered injuries as well as Jones, which could make for some damage control during this week’s practices. When Jones came out of the blue injury tent, the CBS broadcast talked about how he came back to the bench with tears coming down his face, which never means something good. Here’s to optimistically hoping for good news come Monday or Tuesday, or even confirmation about the sprained MCL report.
Green Bay showed that they can rely on their defense to carry them, and with the weather turning colder, their rushing attack will need to become a bigger aspect of their offensive attack. While waiting on the prognosis for Jones, Dillon showed he is capable of taking on a bigger load, provided he can continue to improve upon his ball security.
With an away matchup against the Minnesota Vikings on deck next week, the Packers will have a golden opportunity to potentially put this divisional race to bed already.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