GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 11: Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a touchdown with Jordy Nelson #87 and T.J. Lang #70 during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field on December 11, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
This game was never in doubt. The Green Bay Packers intercepted Carson Palmer on the Raiders first possession, and after one of the Raiders endless penalties, Ryan Grant took the hand off for 47 yards and a touchdown. The Packers built a 34-0 lead before the Raiders finally managed to get on the board. It wasn't the most prolific game on offense, Aaron Rodgers was held to a passer rating of under 100 for the first time this season, but it's a minor criticism.
The Raiders managed two touchdowns and 350 yards on offense, but the Packers defense was forcing turnovers and punts early in the game when it mattered. A lot of defensive guys were flying around making plays, so it's hard to point out the exceptional ones when they're all playing well. It was a big game for the backup inside linebackers. Rookie LB D.J. Smith had his first career interception on the opening drive to set the tone. LB Robert Francois grabbed an interception in the end zone, and forced a fumble near the end of the third quarter.
There was some bad. The pass protection was not great. It looked like Grant had trouble picking up the delayed inside blitz. There were some injuries too as Ryan Pickett and Brandon Saine went out with head injuries. After the game, NBC reported that Greg Jennings will have an MRI on his injured knee. That's obviously the most serious one.
More on this game at Silver And Black Pride.
Who was the Packers MVP in their win over the Raiders?
Aaron Rodgers (302 votes)
Ryan Grant (629 votes)
D.J. Smith (104 votes)
Robert Francois (186 votes)
1221 total votes