By Zach Kruse on Oct 16, 2012 with 22 Comments
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’ 42-24 win over the Houston Texans Sunday night:
- The Packers offensive line was credited with just one sack (from T.J. Lang, but Aaron Rodgers admitted he stepped into the sack), one quarterback hit and one hurry over 43 pass-blocking snaps. Marshall Newhouse, Bryan Bulaga, Lang and Jeff Saturday each received positive grades in pass protection, while Josh Sitton was credited with a hit and hurry. This was the cleanest game of pass protection to date for the Packers offensive line.
- Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips blitzed Rodgers on 24 of 40 dropbacks Sunday night. That plan backfired on Phillips, as Rodgers threw five of his six touchdowns against the blitz. He also completed 14-of-22 passes for 202 yards when the Texans brought more than a four-man rush.
- As expected, Rodgers posted his best overall grade of the 2012 season. For the first time all year, Rodgers completed at least three passes that traveled over 20 yards in the air (3-for-7, 80 yards, 3 TDs).
- As was the case so often in 2011, well over half of the Packers rushing attempts and rushing yards came behind the right side of the offensive line. Of the Packers’ 99 rushing yards Sunday, only 21 came from left of the center.
- The Packers had four more drops. Randall Cobb was credited with two, Jermichael Finley one and Jordy Nelson one. Green Bay now has a whopping 21 drops in 2012, good for second-most in the NFL (Cleveland has 24). Finley and Nelson lead the way with six each. Cobb has four.
- Nelson abused Jonathan Joseph Sunday night. Of Nelson’s nine catches for 121 yards and three touchdowns, six catches, 90 yards and one score came against Joseph. Overall, the Packers beat Joseph eight times for 115 yards.
- Cobb caught five more passes from the slot, bringing his total to 22 for the season. His catch rate of 84.6% from the slot in the best in the NFL.
- Once again, Clay Matthews graded out as the Packers top defensive player. He had three quarterback hits and one hurry as a passer rusher, and four stops in the run game. The one knock on Matthews Sunday night was an offside penalty in the first half, his fourth infraction of the season.
- Erik Walden (58 total snaps) was the only defensive player with a negative grade. He was shutout in 27 pass-rushing snaps and failed to make a stop in the run game.
- Rookie Jerel Worthy played 56 total snaps, the most of any defensive lineman. He tallied a sack and three stops.
- A.J. Hawk didn’t have a eye-catching grade, mostly because he struggled defending the pass (four catches, 72 yards allowed). But he also registered a sack and had a season-high six stops against the run. He was a big factor in stopping Arian Foster Sunday.
- Cornerback Tramon Williams allowed six catches for 71 yards to Andre Johnson, but Johnson’s long was just 15 yards. The Packers can handle that kind of coverage.
- Casey Hayward (31 snaps) graded out as the best player in the secondary. He was targeted four times but allowed zero catches. He intercepted two passes and defensed another. Through six weeks, Hayward ranks as PFF’s second-best cornerback in all of football.
- Punter Tim Masthay put three more punts inside the 20-yard line Sunday night, bringing his season total to 18. That number is tied for the league lead.
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