2019 Week 6 - That's What Cheese Said

No style points, but the Packers are now 3-0 in the division and 5-1 overall. The players know what they need to do to finish close games with a win. 

The Green Bay Packers are sitting pretty at 5-1, and 3-0 in the NFC North. This is the team’s first 3-0 start in the division since 2012. It was a hard-fought, and at times controversial victory, but the Packers got the job done at home. 

“They don’t give you style points in this league. They all count the same,” said Head Coach Matt LaFleur at the podium after the game. 

Without Davante Adams, the receiving core still struggled for most of the night. Geronimo Allison also left the game after a hit to the helmet. He’s officially listed as being evaluated for a chest injury and a concussion. 

Undrafted receiver Allen Lazard made big plays in key moments to give the Packers the win, and his future Hall of Fame quarterback definitely took notice. 

“In that fourth quarter he was certainly calling for Allen,” LaFleur said of Aaron Rodgers. 

“I asked the receivers coach if 13 could come in for a little bit,” said Rodgers with a smile. 

Lazard ended the game with four receptions for 65 yards and one touchdown. His long came on the 35-yard score, his first NFL regular season touchdown. 

“It feels amazing,” said Lazard about his first touchdown. “To sit here and just kind of, step up in a moment like this and have the success I had today, it’s something that I’ve dreamed about my entire life and something that I’ve worked for.”

Rodgers had plenty of praise for Lazard, including the way he prepares each week and practices. 

“I actually sit next to him in the team meetings,” said Rodgers on Lazard. “We’ve struck up a pretty good friendship.

“The thing that got me was, which you love as a quarterback, and that’s when your receiver’s coming back and telling you he wants the ball. And what route she wants to run. The big first down we had to him on the out route, that was him coming back in the huddle telling me what play he wanted. And for a young guy to do that, how can you not have confidence in that?”

Aside from Lazard’s big performance, running back Jamaal Williams also had himself a huge night returning from a concussion sustained at Lambeau against the Eagles that kept him out of the Dallas game. 

Williams had 104 yards rushing on the night with a career-long of 45 yards. The team had 170 yards total on the ground, the season’s best rushing performance thus far.  

“I was trying to go to the house…” said Williams at his locker. “But I was like, I don’t know how close he was to me. You know these dudes love stripping for the ball, so I’m like they ain’t gonna get it from me. I’ll run down there with two hands on it.”

Williams likely saw Aaron Jones lose a fumble that was punched out and didn’t want to make the same mistake. The nice part about the tandem of Williams and Jones is that one always seems to be on when the other is having an off night. For Jones, he had a total of 47 yards on 11 attempts with a long of nine, but he also dropped what would have been a huge touchdown from Rodgers early in the game. 

“I felt like we moved the ball well all night,” said Rodgers. He cited the turnovers and miscues on offense (drops specifically) as a factor preventing them from scoring, but offensively the team moved the ball well. 

The Packers had 447 net yards on the night, with 283 coming in the passing game. Rodgers himself threw for two touchdowns and had a passer rating of 90. He also had one interception that came off a deflection on the goal line from Darrius Shepherd. 

“You have to find a way in those tough spots, even when you’re not playing your best football, to squeeze out a win,” said veteran safety Adrian Amos. 

While all three phases of the game had their share of struggles at certain moments, the Packers sealed a win when it mattered. 

“That’s a sign of a great team. We win those games where it looks like you’re not supposed to win,” said Amos. “That’s a sign of greatness to come.”

With an offense missing its biggest star, Rodgers highlighted the running backs and tight ends taking their opportunities as they come. Williams, Jimmy Graham, and Marcedes Lewis all made their share of plays against Detroit. 

“I think the most important thing that we’ve done on offense, and it starts with the staff, is really zeroing in on roles, specific roles for players. Because I think it allows guys to really buy into their part in the offense,” said Rodgers. 

“Maybe no one bigger than Marcedes Lewis. A guy who most people, probably in this room, wrote off after his kind of lack of production last year. He went through a rigorous offseason training, kind of changed his body at 35 which is pretty impressive to see, and now he has a legitimate role where he’s a part of the offense, it’s defined, and you’ve seen him make plays.”

Lewis had two big receptions for 50 total yards on the night. While he’s yet to find the end zone this season, he’s making plays that help keep drives alive for the Packers. 

“I’m really happy for him because he deserves it,” added Rodgers. “He’s a great teammate.”

Defensively, the Packers held the Lions to a season-low 56 yards rushing, averaging only 2.8 yards per carry. Even after allowing some splash plays in the first half, the defense settled down and shut things down in the second. 

“This defense doesn’t give up. This team doesn’t give up,” said Preston Smith who had 1.5 sacks on the night. 

Za’Darius Smith, who also had a sack on the night, recognized the offense for putting up points and keeping the game close all night. 

“We got an offense,” he said smiling. 

“We got Aaron Rodgers,” added Preston. 

As the game went on, the Lions had plenty of opportunities to put points on the board, but settled for five field goals instead. 

“As long as you’re holding teams to field goals, you’ve always got a chance,” said LaFleur. 

What could have amounted to 35 points ended up only costing the Packers 15, and that was largely due to the defense holding strong when the Lions crossed midfield. 

“We know in order to get where you want to get, down the line you’re going to be faced with games like this. Tight games you have to win on the last possession,” said veteran Tramon Williams. 

The Packers won the game on their own last-second field goal, helping kicker Mason Crosby erase last year’s memories of bad kicks at Ford Field. 

“We have three wins in the division and we’re 5-1. This was a big one,” he said. “Just the way we did it too. It wasn’t our prettiest win but to be able to find a way to win any way possible, that’s what this team’s about.”

The Packers stay home at Lambeau Field this week to take on the AFC West Oakland Raiders. In fact, Green Bay’s next three games are all against AFC West opponents. After that, it’s a daunting seven-game NFC stretch to close out the season. Only two of those NFC teams currently have a losing record. 

At 3-0 in the division, though, the Packers are in good shape before they finish with three-straight NFC North games to wrap up 2019. 

“We know what’s in front of us. We’ve got a stretch now of seven games out of division and then finish with three in the division, so we’ve gotta put ourselves in a position to make a run,” said Rodgers. 

 

Maggie Loney is a writer for Cheesehead TV and a podcaster for the Pack-A-Day Podcast. Find her on Twitter at @MaggieJLoney.

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Bearmeat's picture

October 15, 2019 at 03:33 pm

They won and we'll take it. Zebras suck, but we got lucky for once. WRs are going to have get better and fast.

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October 15, 2019 at 06:11 pm

Not too often you lose the turnover battle 3-0 and still win the game. A couple of early big plays aside, the defense played well and the offense did just enough. Go Pack Go

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Rebecca's picture

October 15, 2019 at 03:56 pm

Excellent article, Maggie. Great use of players and coach MLF's interview comments.

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Mojo's picture

October 16, 2019 at 12:22 am

Yup, very good summary Maggie. Hit all the salient points, without harping on the penalties - so I will.

About the penalties, I keep hearing how the Lions got jobbed. Well, the league came out and commented on them. The first, they felt was legit. The second they felt was suspect.

So even if they didn't call the second the Pack kick a short FG leaving the LIons with around 1:30 left and no TO's and more importantly - trailing in the game. So why is it assumed the Lions win the game? They only had 58 yards in the second half. If the national pundits assume the Lions get in FG range automatically, then I'm going to assume GB gets a pick-six and wins by eight. We can make hypotheticals all day.

The only reason Detroit was in the game was because of the three GB TO,s.
And does the national media even make a big deal out of this if Booger ( a former D-lineman) doesn't have an fit about the calls. Why didn't he whine about the phantom holding on Jenkins earlier?

Whine all they want, the better team won last night.

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October 15, 2019 at 04:23 pm

Moving forward, Adams in the slot , Lazzard the deep route and Lewis at tight end.

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October 15, 2019 at 09:26 pm

Yes please.

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October 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm

I don't see Adams being limited to the slot. They'll line him up all over the place. Lazard earned more opportunities in the future. MVS is still our deep threat. Lewis has stepped up. Hoping Tonyan recovers soon he's looked good with limited opportunity.

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October 15, 2019 at 04:29 pm

If and when Flowers grabs the jersey, and shoulder pads at the throat and punches that up in to the throat, and face mask and doesn’t get called for hands to the face. That doesn’t make that call correct either. I’m happy he was flagged.

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October 15, 2019 at 07:11 pm

I agree Ryan. The refs certainly see more that goes on in the trenches than than any fan, and very possible that it was sort of a make-up for earlier, more egregious incidences that the refs gave Flowers the benefit of the doubt. Then, enough is enough....and they send him a message. Its possible and then it wouldn't be the 'job; that seems to be TV pundits need for a storyline.

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October 15, 2019 at 04:57 pm

On to the Raidaz!!

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fastmoving's picture

October 15, 2019 at 05:31 pm

The Packers had 447 net yards on the night, with 283 coming in the passing game. Rodgers himself threw for two touchdowns and had a passer rating of 90. He also had one interception that came off a deflection on the goal line from Darrius Shepherd.

“I felt like we moved the ball well all night,” said Rodgers. He cited the turnovers and miscues on offense (drops specifically) as a factor preventing them from scoring, but offensively the team moved the ball well.

AR ist just right, besides of Sheperd, the WR group played a solid game, without Adams and Geronimo. MVS and L looked good and we have two great RBs as well. Guys need reps and will get better.
Dont get the drama about the refs, but complaing is seems cool these days. But as we used to say…..its only for loosers (and wigwearers of course).

the only way its up

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carlos's picture

October 15, 2019 at 05:26 pm

A great win. Only gripe is the biased annoying announcers. Thank goodness I had Larry McCarren on the radio. The announcers should’ve been wearing Lion’s jerseys.

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October 15, 2019 at 08:11 pm

Absolutely on the announcers... went on and on and ficken on about the hands to the face but the gifted touchdown where the ball didnt cross the plane was cricket's from them.They showed it from three different angles and it didnt make it.

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October 15, 2019 at 05:44 pm

The packers have had good fortune. The Black and Blue is still a weak division. The real nfl schedule begins. Ending up on the wrong end of a game must not be influenced by the officials. ( Or apologies from the league, like the Lions got today ) The Packers must show that they have learned from their mistakes. Turn -overs Suck! Exceptional play will be the way to victory. And we should expect nothing but their best now.

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October 15, 2019 at 06:17 pm

Huh? Weak division?

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October 15, 2019 at 07:24 pm

nice write up Maggie. Great quotes all throughout.

Especially like the Marcedes spotlight. I am on his fan-bus, and hoping his resurgence increases.

While AJones and KKing had rough day, we shouldn't be too hard on them. All will have their rough times, and the best lessons are learned through failure, not success. They're young, and the team bailed them out as they should. Hoping the coaches stand behind them like McCarthy did for Mason Crosby during his all-time low. Confidence in developing players pays dividends. That's my comment.

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