Ever try watching the Packers while a birthday party is going on for a 5 year old?
I’m not sure what’s worse: All the kids running around and distracting you from the game. Or all the adults that don’t pay attention to what’s going on and constantly ask you what just happened.
If I’m not at Lambeau Field, I like to watch the game on my own couch with my wife. We can devote all of our attention to the game and get mad/sad/happy without having to deal with screaming children or chatty adults.
But I persevered on Sunday. I sucked it up and I watched the game with little rugrats screaming and crawling around everywhere while adults talked about everything besides the Packers.
The Packers persevered too. They’re missing several key players, but managed to win their second straight and climb above .500 for the first time this season.
When it comes to mental toughness, both the Packers and myself are rising.
On to the stock report:
It doesn’t matter how many injuries the Packers have to deal with as long as Rodgers plays like this. He’s back in MVP form.
Talk about efficiency. Cobb was targeted eight times and caught all eight passes (against six different defenders). Cobb also reeled off a big run and continues to get open after Rodgers escapes the pocket.
I went back and forth between Jordy Nelson and Hayward for the last player in the rising category. I went with Hayward because it’s nice to finally have some hope for the secondary after last season’s debacle. Hayward got picked on early, but he stood tough and came up with another big interception. We’ll see how Woodson’s injury impacts Hayward’s play.
It took a while, but Nelson is finally showing that he can be a No. 1 receiver. I’m not sure why, but the Texans and Rams drifted away from playing two-high safeties against the Packers. Nelson is too big for an average corner to deal with one-on-one over and over again. He’s going to win that battle more often than not.
Pro Football Focus gave Pickett a 1.7 run defense rating against the Rams. It was another strong game stepping in for the injured B.J. Raji at nose tackle and further evidence that Picket might be better a better fit at that position than Raji against the run.
Walden hasn’t taken over any games or made many plays that make you say “Wow!” But he’s just been solid. When Nick Perry is healthy, he’s been pushed by Walden. With Perry out, Walden has knocked down a few passes and gotten after the quarterback every now and then. He finally had a full offseason in the Packers system, and it’s showing.
(I know Matthews belongs in the rising category or the steady category at the very least, but I really wanted to give Walden some love.)
If the goal posts were on the sideline, Crosby would never miss a kick over 50 yards. Those are some ugly-looking knuckle balls coming off of Crosby’s right foot. He better get it figured out because something tells me the Packers will need one of those long ones late in a game in December or January. Nice work on the onside kick, but get those field goals figured out.
I know the Packers didn’t bring Saturday to Green Bay to obliterate defensive tackles in the running game, but he can’t get blown up like he did on Sunday. Pro Football Focus gave Saturday a -3.5 run blocking rating against the Rams. He was a -1.5 against the Texans and has yet to finish with a positive run blocking rating this season.
Next Man Up
I know the Packers are deep thanks to their draft and develop philosophy, but I’m sick of hearing the phrase next man up every single week. Enough with the injuries already.
(One more honorable mention for the rising category: My nephew’s birthday cake. You should’ve seen this thing. It was in the shape of a school bus and it had donuts for wheels. Very impressive.)——————
Adam Czech is a a freelance sports reporter living in the Twin Cities and a proud supporter of American corn farmers. When not working, Adam is usually writing about, thinking about or worrying about the Packers. Follow Adam on Twitter. Twitter .