This one went about exactly as expected, given the way both teams had been trending. The Washington Football Team offense was once again a sputtering mess while the Green Bay Packers looked like a well-oiled machine.
In the end, the Packers came away with a 24-10 victory that got out of hand midway through the fourth quarter.
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Taylor Heinicke continues to be more of a liability than a value-add for the Washington offense. His biggest contribution came on the ground, where he led the team with 95 rushing yards. He finished with two turnover-worthy plays and no big-time throws.
The Football Team had a pretty sizable fumbling problem that somehow wasn't as costly as it could have been. Antonio Gibson and receiver DeAndre Carter both coughed up the football, and teammates recovered both. Only four of the Football Team’s 19 designed runs resulted in a first down.
This offense continues to be Terry McLaurin or bust. His seven-catch, 122-yard game was great, but the next closest wide receiver was Adam Humphries with 36 yards. They have to find a second option if they’re going to get this offense on track.
Appreciation tweet: Terry McLaurin has 10 contested catches over 20 air yards this season, per @PFF.
He just did it again.
Still feels like he doesn't get enough respect. Stud. pic.twitter.com/59bqGBNgrG
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) October 24, 2021
It was not a banner day for anyone on the Washington offensive line, as four of the five starters allowed at least three pressures. Ereck Flowers was the only lineman to allow fewer, but he was beaten handily on several plays that didn’t result in pressure.
Chase Young is still far from the dominant force Washington fans had hoped he’d be heading into Year 2. On 34-pass-rushing snaps, Young managed only two hurries. While the Packers were chipping a good deal on obvious passing downs, that’s still not close to a consistent impact.
Washington’s linebackers continue to be a weak link in coverage, no matter who is in there. Cole Holcomb and Jamin Davis combined to allow six catches from seven targets for 82 yards, with three first downs and a touchdown.
One of the lone bright spots on the day was the play from rookie Benjamin St-Juste. He only allowed three catches from five targets for 29 yards. While he was flagged for a pass interference, it was a bit of a ticky-tacky call, as St-Juste attacked the ball well before he made contact with Davante Adams.
Aaron Rodgers was as dialed as he's been all season. He finished with a hyper-accurate 84.4% adjusted completion percentage on the day. On passes thrown 10 or more yards down the field, Rodgers finished a scintillating 9-of-11 for 152 yards and two scores.
A.J. Dillon had a rough day at the office. He fumbled twice, one on a reception and one on a fourth-quarter run. If he’s going to be the finisher he was billed as when the Packers drafted him in the second round, that can’t happen.
Green Bay finally had some other receivers get involved outside of Davante Adams. Allen Lazard hauled in five of his six targets for 60 yards and a score, while Big Bob Tonyan got into the action with four catches for 63 yards and his one score. Having more reliable options will only help the Packers long-term.
Aaron Rodgers conectó el pase con Robert Tonyan ????????????
— NFL México (@nflmx) October 24, 2021
The Packers' offensive line has to be thanking Aaron Rodgers for being behind center because they were getting thoroughly whipped throughout the day. The pressure numbers aren’t indicative of how bad it got. The lone bright spot continued to be Elgton Jenkins at left tackle, who again didn’t allow a pressure.
It was a career day for Rashan Gary, who made arguably the biggest play of the day for Green Bay’s defense. He racked up seven pressures, including a massive sack-fumble that put the Packers in prime scoring position.
It was just a matter of time until Rashan Gary got home. pic.twitter.com/9cuP7QQj1N
— Salvatore (@Fear_Jaire) October 24, 2021
I don’t know where this De’Vondre Campbell came from, but he’s transformed the Packers defense. He notched four defensive stops on the day, including the massive goal-line forced fumble. He entered Week 7 as the highest-graded linebacker in the NFL, and that won’t be changing after this performance.
Chandon Sullivan had a career day on Sunday. He was targeted four times and allowed only three catches for 17 yards with a key red-zone interception in the fourth quarter. Only one of those targets went for a first down.