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Statistical Look from PFF at Packers vs. Cardinals

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Statistical Look from PFF at Packers vs. Cardinals

With thanks to Bryan Hall and our good friends at Pro Football Focus, here’s a closer look at some of the key statistics from the Green Bay Packers’ 31-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 9 Sunday:

  • The Packers offensive line received its best run-blocking grade (+3.1) of the season. Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang (52 snaps at right tackle) and Evan Dietrich-Smith (52 snaps at left guard) graded out with the highest scores.
  • 20 of the 28 called runs came to the right side of the offensive line. On eight runs to the left, the Packers picked up 42 of their 176 rushing yards.
  • Running back James Starks received a negative grade (-2.9), mostly because of two pressures allowed in pass protection and his second-quarter fumble. He did he best work off right guard (five rushes, 21 yards) and right tackle (five, 21).
  • Receiver Randall Cobb (61 snaps) had his worst catch percentage of the season, hauling in just three of nine targets. PFF gave Cobb three drops, including Aaron Rodgers' only interception.
  • Rodgers was again deadly when the Cardinals brought a blitz. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton did so 13 times, and Rodgers completed nine of 12 passes for 119 yards, two touchdowns and one interception (110.8 passer rating). The 13 blitzes equaled only nine pressures. When Rodgers was under pressure, however, he completed just two of seven passes (56.3 passer rating).
  • Pressures allowed by player: Marshall Newhouse (two hurries), Jeff Saturday (one sack, one quarterback hit), T.J. Lang (one sack, one hurry), James Starks (two hurries) and Alex Green (one hurry).
  • Tight end snaps: Jermichael Finley 38, Tom Crabtree 32, Ryan Taylor 20, D.J. Williams 14.
  • Receiver snaps: James Jones 74, Randall Cobb 61, Donald Driver 27, Jarrett Boykin 24.
  • Of James Starks' 27 snaps, only four came on passing plays. Alex Green had 26 snaps in the passing game and 44 total.
  • Ryan Pickett (30 snaps), Brad Jones (67) and Mike Daniels (20) led the way against the run. B.J. Raji played the most overall snaps of the defensive linemen (42) with Jerel Worthy out (concussion).
  • Pressures (15 total) by player: Raji (two hurries), Erik Walden (three quarterback hits), Clay Matthews (one quarterback hit, three hurries), Mike Daniels (sack), Mike Neal (sack), Dezman Moses (one quarterback hit, three hurries).
  • When Dom Capers brought blitzes (13 times), John Skelton torched the Packers defense. He completed eight of 10 passes for 130 yards and one touchdown against the blitz (130.6 passer rating). Also, zero of the Packers' sacks came on blitzes.
  • Rookie cornerback Casey Hayward had the worst coverage game of his young career. On 10 targets, Hayward allowed six catches for 99 yards, including a 40-yarder to Andre Roberts that set up the Cardinals' first touchdown. John Skelton had a passer rating of 93.3 when throwing against Hayward Sunday.
  • Davon House allowed five catches on eight targets for 77 yards. He especially struggled with Cardinals first-round receiver Michael Floyd (four catches, 63 yards).
  • The Packers "limited" Larry Fitzgerald to just six catches on 12 total targets.
  • Punter Tim Masthay pinned three more punts inside the 20-yard line. He second  in the NFL with 24 this season.
  • Cobb received positive grades on both kick (+1.1) and punt returns (+1.2).
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Evan's picture

"Rookie cornerback Casey Hayward had the worst coverage game of his young career."

HOW DARE YOU, PFF. GO FUCK YOURSELF.

Derek in CO's picture

+1

Derek in CO's picture

"Of James Starks’ 27 snaps, only four came on passing plays. Alex Green had 26 snaps in the passing game and 44 total."

They better get Starks blocking better or defenses will know they can't throw it with Starks in the backfield. Not rocket science...

CSS's picture

Blocking itself isn't rocket science, and I'm sure the coaching staff have been over the same fundamentals time and time again. Recognizing where the pressure is coming from, however, takes film study and some understanding of the opposing defense. Feels like Starks is a bit thick between the ears in that area.

Chad Toporski's picture

Nagler: "Speaking of pressure, why does Capers refuse to get creative with his pressure calls? Again and again we see four man rushes with the odd cross-dog thrown in. I’d really like to see the safeties and corners start to get involved. I know he has a history of shying away from sending young guys, but he needs to look at this during the bye week. It’s way too predictable at the moment."

Kruse: "Rodgers was again deadly when the Cardinals brought a blitz. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton did so 13 times, and Rodgers completed nine of 12 passes for 119 yards, two touchdowns and one interception (110.8 passer rating). The 13 blitzes equaled only nine pressures. When Rodgers was under pressure, however, he completed just two of seven passes (56.3 passer rating)."

So the answer is...?

Zach Kruse's picture

What are you getting at here, Chad?

MarkinMadison's picture

I think what Chad is trying to say is that the blitz doesn't work, against anyone. It might have made more sense if he had dropped the second quote and referenced the stat above showing that Skelton did relatively well against the blitz. He might also have noted the quote above that the Packers' two sacks came on plays where they did not blitz. But I think he is trying to extropolate from the fact that Rodgers is always good against the blitz, and that Skelton was good against the blitz on that day, so that he can come to the conclusion that the blitz just does not work at all. So in his view this is why the Dom does not blitz: because it backfires. Not saying I agree.

packeraaron's picture

I would counter that when you use the same tired cross dog over and over, yes, even a quarterback as bad as Skelton is able to pick it apart. To be clear, I'm not calling for "more blitzing" - I just wish he'd be more creative when he does decide to send pressure.

Chad Toporski's picture

Sorry, I copied the wrong quote:

"When Dom Capers brought blitzes (13 times), John Skelton torched the Packers defense. He completed eight of 10 passes for 130 yards and one touchdown against the blitz (130.6 passer rating). Also, zero of the Packers’ sacks came on blitzes."

packeraaron's picture

Um, the answer is one has nothing to do with the other. What do I win?

Chad Toporski's picture

Hey, if that's the way you see it, that's your opinion. Just thought we could have some actual conversation about it rather than snide remarks.

Zach Kruse's picture

Can you clear up your argument Chad? I think this is worth discussing

Chad Toporski's picture

See above.

If Packers were getting better pressure on 4-man rushes, why the need to mix it up too much?

packeraaron's picture

Again - not a call for "more blitzing." It's a call for more creativity. "Less volume, more creativity" as McCarthy put it.

Chad Toporski's picture

Understood, but if I had to choose between the linebackers dropping back to cover or rushing the passer on a blitz, I think I'd choose the latter. I get why it's important to keep things creative, but we are also dealing with some key players out of the picture all over the defense.

packeraaron's picture

Now I'm really confused. Which remark exactly was snide?

Spiderpack's picture

The answer is: sometimes your comments are snide . . . BUT ENTERTAINING! Whereas mine are more direct. LOL. Again, Capers will only be as creative as he really needs to be, so as to save unscouted & unpredictable looks & blitzes for the best opposing teams in must win situations. The rest of the time its better to stress & inspire the secondary into performing at their new & upcoming best.

PackersRS's picture

It's hard to be creative when you're the only one that understands the play.

What you see is Capers having to dumb down his playbook so his players don't have 5 mental breakdowns per game.

woodson4president's picture

As hard as aj has been playin and hitting.....blitz that crazy sob!

GBPDan's picture

Has anyone heard the status of Shields injury? Will he be back after the bye?

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

My guess... He's got a career ending shin injury. They just haven't told us yet because they are worried about mass Packer fan suicides.

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