Despite lacking all three of its starting receivers, Green Bay found unexpected heroes to beat the Cardinals
GLENDALE – All the attention was on who was not available to the Green bay packers this Thursday night before the Arizona cardinals: without Davante adams, Allen lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
No chance, right?
Yes, the Packers they didn’t have their top three receivers, Adams and Lazard on the COVID-19 list and Valdes-Scantling I was not ready to return from a hamstring injury. That added to his three Pro Bowlers – left tackle. David bakhtiari, outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith and corner Jaire alexander– who were not going to play this Thursday.
However, the only thing the Packers it was who they had on.
And it was enough for a 24-21 victory that delivered the Cardinals his first setback of the season and left the NFL without any invited teams. Both left the game with a 7-1 record.
And the player who secured the win wasn’t even on the team 22 days ago. The cornerback Rasul Douglas, who came to the squad due to the injuries of Alexander and Kevin King, intercepted a pass from Kyler Murray in the end zone throwing from the 5-yard line of the Packers.
“That’s why I love this team,” the quarterback declared on the field. Aaron Rodgers After the match. “The boy who did the interception was with them for four weeks [los Packers firmaron a Douglas del equipo de prácticas de los Cardinals]. He was on the street, we brought him, he is the starter with us. He’s a great guy and he really fit in well with our team. To make a play like that with 15 seconds left is incredible. “
Head coach Matt LaFleur put Rodgers in a race mode against time and while he left Rodgers With an unusual statistic – just 184 passing yards – they were happy to win a little ugly, or at least uglier than they are used to.
“We ran the ball well, we knew we could,” he said. Rodgers. “It was difficult in the passing game at times, but [Randall] Cobb had a couple of big touchdown receptions. “
Despite the key players who could not have action this Thursday, the Packers they had a lot going for them.
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Cobb, who has caught 71 percent of shipments of Rodgers in his career (highest of Rodgers to any receiver with at least 60 attempts), had his second multi-touchdown game of the season. Before his campaign back to Green bay This year, he hadn’t scored twice in a game since 2015.
AJ Dillon, who averaged 2.37 yards per carry after contact the past two seasons (sixth-best among players with 90 carries, according to ESPN Stats & Information), ran for 78 yards.
Aaron Jones, one of two players with 1,500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards since the 2020 season, caught seven passes for 51 yards.
Robert Tonyan, who has 13 touchdown receptions the past two seasons (second-most among all tight ends), caught a 33-yard throw to set up Cobb’s second touchdown.
And of course, Rodgers, whose steady hand proved to be more important than any play, kept his passes short, averaging 4.8 yards in the air per attempt, the third-lowest number of his career. And he got off the ball fast, averaging 2.25 seconds from serve to pitch, his fastest time since Week 2 of 2016.
In a game that perhaps only an offensive lineman could love, the Packers they ran 34 times for 151 yards.
The only offensive problems occurred near the goal line, when they were unable to enter from the 1-yard line in the final minutes, allowing the Cardinals they will advance the whole field before Douglas become a hero.
“This is a fighting team,” he said. Rodgers. “This is a tough and brave team. I am very proud of our guys. I am very proud of our line.
“I love this team. I’m having a lot of fun with these guys.”