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Green Bay Packers 2018 season recap

By PFF Analysis Team
Feb 8, 2019

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Nov 15, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) walks back to the locker room following a 27-24 loss against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

During the NFL season, our team of 300-plus staff spend around 20,000 man-hours grading and analyzing every play of the NFL season, from the kickoff in the Hall of Fame game to the final play of the Super Bowl.

Now that the 2018 season is officially in the books, we can now take a look back at the season through the eyes of each NFL team and using the grades and statistics that we have compiled, we and detail what went right, what went wrong and explain what that team has to look forward to.

Below is the 2018 season recap for the Green Bay Packers.

Overview

The Mike McCarthy era came to a close in 2018 as the Packers offense couldn’t get out of their own way and Green Bay stumbled to a disappointing 6-9-1 record.

What went right?
  • Davante Adams emerged as a true No. 1 threat. He gained the most yards of any receiver in the NFL with a step or more of separation.

  • Kenny Clark once again proved to be unstoppable, but added even more this year in terms of pass-rush, racking up 46 pressures on his 408 pass plays. 

  • Blake Martinez carried the team’s linebacking corps and finished the team’s best coverage grade.

  • Jaire Alexander hit the ground running as he contested targets at a higher percentage than any other CB in the league. 

What went wrong?
  • No one really established themselves as the number two wide receiver as Geronimo Allison got hurt and the rookies Equanimous St. Brown and Marquez Valdez-Scantling were inconsistent.
  • No edge defender had more than 30 QB pressures, and it took Clay Matthews 376 pass-rush snaps to obtain that mark of 30. 
  • Kentrell Brice was an issue at safety as he missed 12 of his 57 total tackle attempts on the season and allowed a passer rating of 150.1 on 29 throws into his primary coverage. 
Highest Graded offensive player

QB Aaron Rodgers – 89.7

The offense once again came and went with Rodgers. When he targeted receivers things went well, but he took a ton of sacks and set the PFF single-season record for throwaways.

Highest graded defensive player

DI Kenny Clark – 90.5

Clark established himself as arguably the league’s best nose tackle. He finished with a run defense grade of 90.2 and pass-rush grade of 88.8.

Breakout player/Secret Superstar

Davante Adams’ 1,386 yards were 389 more than his previous career high. He also had his most reliable season catching the ball with only five drops on 116 opportunities.

Key Rookie

CB Jaire Alexander – 72.4

Alexander was one of the league’s highest graded corners in man coverage this season. His five pass-breakup performance against the Rams was one of the best games all season.

In conclusion

The ability is obviously still there for Aaron Rodgers, but it was abundantly clear that they needed a change from an offense that had grown stale.

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