The Green Bay Packers' victory on Sunday in Washington was anything but assured after a start that saw them fall behind quickly 11-0 and demonstrated the same issues that have plagued them all season long. Suddenly, however, the Packers' offensive line began to own the point of attack, opening up the offense, and the secondary kicked into gear and shut down the Washington passing game.
Those two units, arguably more than any other, deserve praise for their play on Sunday afternoon, and they are justly receiving it. Perhaps the player of the game in our estimation was backup lineman JC Tretter. After being pressed into emergency duty at left tackle and struggling early, he appeared to shake off some rust (or nerves, or whatever you want to call it) and helped his linemates give Aaron Rodgers time to throw and the Packers' backs room to run.
With a repeat matchup with the Cardinals awaiting them, the Packers will need to step up their game up front once again next Saturday.
Packers' running game gets rolling at right time | Packers.com
The offensive line did an excellent job of keeping Aaron Rodgers upright after giving up that safety early, and after halftime they were able to start getting a major push in the run game and get the Packers' backs running downhill.
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Aaron Rodgers looked more like his old self on Sunday, and it probably has a great deal to do with the line's excellent performance. He finally looked like he found a rhythm again for the first time in months, and it's safe to say that there's reason to have a little confidence again.
GB-WAS Grades: Clinton-Dix and secondary shut down Cousins | Pro Football Focus
PFF did not charge JC Tretter with allowing a single pressure after the safety in the first quarter, a sign that the Packers have indeed found a backup plan for David Bakhtiari that will allow the offense to function.
Packers secondary bats away challenges | JSOnline.com
Every member of the Packers' cornerback group had to make some plays on Sunday, as even LaDarius Gunter had a crucial pass breakup on a third down.
Randall Cobb's versatility ignites Packers offense | Packersnews.com
Once again, the Packers' initial spark was with Cobb running out of the backfield, and the offense even added a new wrinkle with a jet sweep.
Chips Report from Packers 35-18 Wild Card win at Washington | 247sports.com
There aren't many choices for Cow Chips this week, as the entire team rallied together and finally got a solid performance from both the offense and defense.