What We Learned: Packers vs Vikings – 2019 Week 2

Aaron Rodgers Is Still Rusty
The media loves to sh!t on Aaron Rodgers and his stat line gives them reason. With 412 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2 games, he’s not looking like a world beater. Here’s the deal though: he’s still learning a new offense, throwing to newer receivers, without any preseason reps, and he was facing two of the top defenses in the league. Yesterday was promising, as he threw very nice balls to Davante, Aaron Jones, and MVS that each would have been big plays, but were broken up with amazing defensive efforts. We don’t know how much of the old Rodgers we’ll see, but we did see a little more of it than we did in Week 1, which bodes well.

Defense Still Good, Even With Lapses
It would be easy to read the box score and think Dalvin Cook ran wild, but if you take away his big run, he had a very average 19 carries for 79 yards. That one big run, and the one big pass where Jaire Alexander made an unworldly read and just missed the pick, were some poor lapses, but really, this defense was still solid. Even when the offense stopped playing after the 1st quarter, the defense kept battling and kept the Vikings from ever taking the lead. Ending with another end zone interception showed that this defense has big play ability that we haven’t seen in quite some time.

Here’s some more evidence:

 

Offensive Line Needs A New Starter
David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga might be the best tackle tandem in the NFL. Corey Linsley is a very good center. The Packers tried really hard to upgrade the guard position in the offseason… that last one isn’t going as smooth. Sure, they’ve faced a couple vicious fronts, but the guard play has been a limiting factor in this offense. Elgton Jenkins finally got some snaps and I think it’s time to put him in as the full-time starter.

Predictions and Results
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