Although the Green Bay Packers are 1-0 after the first week of the 2016 season, that win came with its fair share of flaws that need to be addressed. The Packers' offense was inconsistent, going three-and-out three times in a row early in the game and having some embarrassing "miscommunications" later on. However, the team got bailed out by a tough defensive performance, which was led by second-year cornerback Damarious Randall.
As the only Packers player wearing long sleeves in the heat, Randall clearly felt right at home in the warm temperatures. He showed it on a number of occasions, breaking up a few passes and making the final, game-clinching tackle. He has certainly been living up to his first-round draft status from a year and a half ago, and showed himself to be deserving of the praise that has been placed on him by many NFL analysts this summer.
Meanwhile, the Packers have a tough date with the Vikings next week, a team that got off to a bit of a slow start on Sunday. The Minnesota defense broke out, however, and demonstrated that it is a formidable unit.
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Packers' defensive backs team up for big stop on final play | Packers.com
Damarious Randall's support of Micah Hyde was the key to the defense holding (finally) on that final fourth down attempt that helped seal the game. In a sense, it was reminiscent of last year's win against San Diego that came down to a final big play by Randall.
Defensive line delivers despite heat | Packersnews.com
Green Bay's run defense - led by the line - was excellent, holding Jacksonville under two yards per carry despite sweltering heat on the field.
Grades for Packers' Week 1 win over Jaguars | PFF
The Packers' offensive line played well - Lane Taylor included, but Randall got the best grade of the game by a fair margin.
It would have been so perfect | Packers.com
The Packers' offense got its wires crossed at a few crucial plays, including the third-and-goal run by James Starks in the third quarter. With some of the unit thinking a pass had been called, there was no unity on the line and the team settled for a field goal instead.
Packers' Sam Shields being evaluated for a possible concussion | ESPN.com
This was the only significant injury to come out of Sunday's game - we'll have to see this week how Shields progresses. If he can't go, the Packers could be down to three corners (plus Micah Hyde) next week, depending on Josh Hawkins' hamstring.
Jaguars rookie Jalen Ramsey boasts he gave up ‘ZERO completions’ to Aaron Rodgers - SBNation.com
He also had Rodgers by the jersey but didn't bring him down, allowing the quarterback to throw a huge touchdown which became the highlight of the game. I wouldn't be talking a big game if I were Ramsey.
Vikings stuff exotic smashmouth offense in victory - NFL.com
Minnesota's defense looked really good, scoring two touchdowns on the day - the game in the Vikings' new stadium next Sunday night should be a good one.