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’ 30-20 win over the St. Louis Rams in Week 7 Sunday:
- Sunday was a blast from the past when it came to pass protection from the offensive tackles. While Bryan Bulaga mostly stone-walled Chris Long on the right side (two penalties, zero pressure plays), Marshall Newhouse allowed one sack, two quarterback hits and three hurries. He also had a holding penalty. Especially early, Newhouse struggled with Robert Quinn’s speed off the edge.
- Guard T.J. Lang and center Jeff Saturday both had negative grades in run-blocking. Rams rookie defensive tackle Michael Brockers had his way with the two for most of the afternoon.
- Receiver snap counts: James Jones (67), Jordy Nelson (59), Randall Cobb (52), Donald Driver (12) and Jarrett Boykin (five).
- Tight end snap counts: Jermichael Finley (41), Tom Crabtree (30), D.J. Williams (seven) and Ryan Taylor (six).
- While running back Alex Green found most of his success running behind Josh Sitton and Bryan Bulaga in Houston, the Packers ran Green to the left of Saturday on half of his carries Sunday in St. Louis. He gained just nine yards on 10 attempts. Green’s best run—a 15-yarder in the second half—came behind Sitton.
- Nelson and Cobb were the big producers Sunday, but Jones led the receivers in targets with 10. Finley caught both his two targets.
- Aaron Rodgers had a passer rating of 155.8 when targeting Nelson, and a 152.6 when targeting Cobb. The two had a catch rate of 94.1 percent (16/17).
- The Packers did almost a third of their passing damage Sunday against rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Nelson beat him three times for 76 yards, Cobb once for five and a touchdown and Jones five for 40. In all, Jenkins allowed nine catches for 121 yards and a touchdown.
- Clay Matthews had a plus matchup with Joe Barksdale at left tackle, but he tallied just one sack and one quarterback hit over 36 pass-rushing snaps. The Packers did line Matthews up across the formation, however, with 16 pass rushes coming the right, 12 from the middle and eight from the left.
- Rookie Jerel Worthy again led the defensive line with 52 total snaps (one hurry). The rest of the defensive line snaps: C.J. Wilson (33), Ryan Pickett (29), Mike Daniels (20) and Mike Neal (nine).
- Inside linebacker Brad Jones generated two pressure plays in 63 snaps. PFF graded Jones out with a positive grade.
- Jeron McMillian (23 snaps) and M.D. Jennings (28) continue to split snaps. 10 of McMillian’s 23 came against the run, while 20 of Jennings’ were in pass coverage.
- Casey Hayward built on his top rookie cornerback grade with another strong performance. He allowed four catches for 91 yards, but on 10 total targets. He also intercepted his league-leading fourth pass. Hayward was given the coverage for Chris Givens’ 56-yard catch on a bubble screen.
- Davon House was targeted seven times, but allowed just three catches for 22 yards and a garbage-time touchdown.
- Erik Walden (62 snaps) had a team-high five stops (tackles that constitute an offensive failure), plus a sack and a quarterback hit.
- Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers brought a blitz on 24 of the 37 drop backs for Sam Bradford Sunday, but Bradford was under pressure on just seven total.
- Kicker Mason Crosby had three touchbacks, and the Rams’ average starting position was just the 17.4-yard line. Tim Masthay put two more punts inside the 20-yard line.
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