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NFL Week 3 PFF ReFocused: Green Bay Packers 27, Denver Broncos 16

By PFF Analysis Team
Sep 22, 2019
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The Green Bay Packers beat the Denver Broncos, 27-16, in Week 3 of NFL action.

PFF’s ReFocused series features immediate takeaways from the two analysts who graded the game live. The two offer a detailed breakdown of the game’s most notable performances before the grades and advanced stats are reviewed and finalized by Senior Analysts.

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Final Score

Green Bay Packers 27, Denver Broncos 16

Green Bay Packers

The Packers’ defensive line did as they wished this afternoon at home against a struggling Denver defensive line. In particular, Kenny Clark made life very difficult for center Connor McGovern against the run and pass. But the player of the game proved to be edge rusher Preston Smith, who recorded a handful of game-changing pressures.

Packers linebacker Blake Martinez was all over the field throughout the game as a three-down player. His impact against the run tipped the Denver offense off-balance and forced the Broncos to rely on Joe Flacco‘s arm to bail themselves out of third-and-long situations.

Aaron Rodgers showed his ability to move the chains in the first half of this game, leading the Packers on a scoring drive early in the first quarter. Late in the fourth, he was able to lead the offense on a long drive which killed most of the clock and left the Broncos without any time to mount a comeback.

Bryan Bulaga had a rough game, particularly in pass protection. It was always going to be a difficult task to block Von Miller, but the veteran really struggled to keep him quiet. Rodgers was often forced off his spot by the pressure given up by Bulaga and was forced to throw the ball away on multiple occasions.

Denver Broncos

Courtland Sutton has made big strides in Year 2, and this game was proof of that. Not only has he further progressed as a deep threat — showing off his electric moves to evade defenders on a huge gain on third down in the third quarter — but he has also provided Joe Flacco with a trusted pair of hands with plus route-running ability.

Phillip Lindsay put an excellent showing on tape, speeding past defenders as both a rusher and receiver. Outside of a dropped pass on a late screen pass, Lindsay played an integral role as Joe Flacco’s security blanket as the pocket collapsed on numerous occasions.

Von Miller forced Aaron Rodgers out of the pocket on many occasions, and while he was able to get multiple pressures in the game, he still wasn’t able to record a sack.

De’Vante Bausby was solid in coverage in this game matched up against some of the best receivers in the NFL. Bausby was able to produce some big hits to break up passes on vital third down plays.

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