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NFL Week 4 Game Recap: Green Bay Packers 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 17

Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) rushes with the football after catching a pass as Pittsburgh Steelers safety Terrell Edmunds (34) defends during the third quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers utilized a team effort on the ground and an old-school QB-WR connection to take down the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17, in Week 4.

The Packers rushed for over 130 yards as a team, and Aaron Rodgers tossed two touchdown passes to Randall Cobb, helping Green Bay advance to 3-1 on the season. The Steelers, meanwhile, fell to 1-3.

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Green Bay Packers

Quarterback

Aaron Rodgers completed only 55% of his passes in a display that didn't feature his usual precision.

Player Adj. Comp. % Yds per Attempt Sacks
Aaron Rodgers 57.1% 6.9 3

Fortunately, Rodgers’ rapport with Randall Cobb resulted in his 419th and 420th career touchdown passes. Rodgers tossed two big-time throws and made no turnover-worthy plays in the contest.

Running Back

A week following a big day for Aaron Jones, A.J. Dillon broke out with 80 yards on 16 carries. Dillion forced four missed tackles and ran for five first downs, heavily participating in the team’s 131-yard rushing performance. 

Wide Receiver/Tight End

Davante Adams caught four of his five targets for 83 yards and four first downs. Inside the 25-yard line, it was Randall Cobb turning back time from the slot. He grabbed five of his six targets for 69 yards and two scores, finishing the night with a pending 88.6 receiving grade. At tight end, Robert Tonyan wasn't on the same wavelength as Rodgers, hauling in only two of his seven targets.

Offensive Line

The Green Bay offensive line allowed nine pressures — including six hurries and two sacks — against an impactful Steelers front. The Packers did somewhat save face by paving room for the team’s ground attack, although they were defeated on 51% of their run blocks. 

Defensive Line

The Packers notched nine pressures as a team, with former first-round selection Rashan Gary leading the charge. He tallied three pressures — two hurries and a sack. He finished the game with a 70.5 pass-rush win rate. 

Linebackers

Oren Burks had a tackle for loss and four tackles overall in an up-and-down performance. He missed two tackles but also made two stops.

Secondary

Jaire Alexander and Eric Stokes manned the boundary corner spots, and the duo was pretty underwhelming despite the Steelers' passing game being lackluster at best. Alexander surrendered the only Pittsburgh passing touchdown and allowed three catches for 46 yards overall. Stokes gave up 10 catches for 82 yards and four first-down completions.

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Pittsburgh Steelers

Quarterback

Ben Roethlisberger‘s effort to dink-and-dunk away a swarming Packers defense was futile. His yards per attempt (5.9) figure was the story of the game, and his average depth of target was just 7.0 yards on 41 attempts. 

Running Back

Najee Harris’ 4.3 yards per carry and two explosive runs were the consistent highlights of a Steelers offense that struggled to move the chains. Harris tallied 42 yards after contact and five first-down runs in the overall lackluster performance from Pittsburgh's offense. 

Wide Receiver/Tight End

Diontae Johnson hauled in nine catches for 92 yards and a score, and he's set to earn a 70.0-plus grade for the performance. He made two explosive plays and picked up five first downs, providing some semblance of consistency out wide. James Washington added 69 receiving yards receiving and two explosive plays of his own. Tight ends Pat Freiermuth and Eric Ebron combined for three catches on just three targets.

Offensive Line

Pittsburgh's line gave up two sacks and six total pressures. The unit also struggled in run blocking, evidenced by a pending 50.8 grade in the facet for the unit.

Defensive Line

Cameron Heyward notched one hit and a hurry as the Steelers' defensive line struggled to generate the consistent pass rush needed to stop scoring drives. Heyward did finish the matchup with a promising 90.9 run-defense grade, pending review.

Linebackers

Joe Schobert and Devin White each made two stops on the day, although both are set to earn sub-65.0 overall grades after sub-par outings in coverage.

Secondary

Joe Haden is on track to earn a poor coverage grade, and Minkah Fitzpatrick allowed a red-zone touchdown score in an otherwise underwhelming 62.4 coverage grade performance, pending final review.

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