The Green Bay Packers traveled to Ohio with a heavily depleted team that was missing key starters at nearly every position. With both Jaire Alexander and Za’Darius Smith out on the defense and the offensive line absent David Bakhtiari, Josh Myers, and Elgton Jenkins, the Packers would face a tough task against the Cincinnati Bengals.
After a game that went to overtime and featured a total of five missed potential game-winning kicks, the Packers and Mason Crosby were able to emerge victorious. Crosby nailed a 49-yarder, sending the Green and Gold home with a win.
Here are five numbers to consider when looking back at the Packers’ 25-22 win over the Bengals.
Aaron Rodgers was spectacular when he was given over 2.6 seconds to pass the ball. Rodgers was precise on quicker throws against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3, but here he showcased what he could do with more time in the pocket.
On passes where Rodgers had over 2.6 seconds per dropback, he completed 15 of 21 and finished with 274 yards. He recorded nine explosive pass plays, the most he has ever had under Matt LaFleur. On these dropbacks of over 2.6 seconds, Rodgers saw his yards per attempt jump from 4.1 to 13.1.
If Rodgers was able to do this with an offensive line missing three potential starters, you can only imagine what he can do when he gets even better protection.
Aaron Jones was able to create his opportunities despite the poor blocking up front, gaining 89 yards after contact. Jones finished the day with 104 yards on 13 carries, breaking five tackles and recording three first downs. He showed everyone why the Packers were so willing to keep him around.
To appreciate how valuable Jones is, look at how he fared compared to A.J. Dillon. Dillon was only able to grind out 30 yards on eight carries and struggled to get going. Compared to Dillon’s physical running style, Jones is much more patient and looks to evade the contact. Their contrasting styles proved valuable today, as Jones was able to find a way to make the run game effective.
De’Vondre Campbell was spectacular defending the pass, allowing only 22 yards on 35 coverage snaps. He recorded an interception and three defensive stops against the Bengals.
With Jaylon Smith set to take a bigger role when he is up to speed, having Campbell to pair with him in the middle of this defense gives this team a significant boost over Orin Burks, Ty Summers, and Kamal Martin.
Devante Adams recorded 206 yards on 11 catches, accounting for 60% of the Packers’ passing yards. He has been electric this season and has garnered more targets than ever despite the increased attention on him. He has been targeted on 36.8% of the routes he’s run this season.
Adams has started this year off strong, recording a league-leading 579 yards thus far. Even more impressive, Adams is averaging a first down on two-thirds of his grabs this year.
We should all take a moment to sit back and appreciate the greatness we are witnessing in the chemistry between Adams and Rodgers.
Crosby missed his first kick in 28 attempts, followed by two more misses. Crosby has been one of the best kickers in recent memory, and these misses are in quick succession might raise some questions about whether the Packers should make a change at kicker. It is important to remember that we have seen this before.
With Cincinnati’s Evan McPherson missing his kicks too, the Packers were able to escape with a win. Crosby was able to turn from zero to hero as he nailed the 49-yard try to win the game.