The Green Bay Packers suffered another significant batch of injuries on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, primarily affecting the defense and the secondary in particular. Two starters left the game with injuries and did not return — Kentrell Brice and Nick Perry — while a pair of cornerbacks missed some time late in the game with some minor issues. Those injuries forced young players into big spots, particularly in the secondary where Raven Greene and Tony Brown got some notable snaps and made a few big plays.
On offense, we saw the continued expansion of Aaron Jones’ workload, as he was essentially the team’s sole running back throughout most of the game. Save for a pair of drives in the first half, Jones was the man and justified the workload given to him with a fantastic 15-carry, 145-yard, two-touchdown performance.
Here’s a look at the play time from Sunday’s 31-12 victory.
OFFENSE (57 plays)
Aaron Rodgers 57
Rodgers had a fairly uninspiring day on Sunday, but he was able to post a passer rating over 110, doing so for just the second time all season. Rodgers also had his second-highest single-game completion percentage of the season, going 19 of 28 for a 67.9% rate. That definitely helped that rating, though his yards per attempt was a bit below average at 7.1.
Aaron Jones 42, Jamaal Williams 14
Jones absolutely crushed it all game long on Sunday. Sure, the 67-yard sprint was the big play, but his 145 yards came on just 15 carries, putting him at an average of 5.6 yards per carry when not including the big run. He had a total of six runs of 10 or more yards on the day, and although he did have a bad drop on the first play of the game as a receiver, his running ability makes him the only option as the starter moving forward.
Williams got most of his playing time on the third and fourth drives of the game, picking up three yards on three carries.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling 54, Davante Adams 53, Equanimeous St. Brown 33, J’Mon Moore 5
For the first time, MVS out-snapped Adams (by just one), and he led the team with six receptions. Both of those two players had seven targets, though Adams led with 57 yards and had the two touchdowns. St. Brown caught two of three targets, but only picked up three yards on those receptions.
Jimmy Graham 39, Lance Kendricks 35, Marcedes Lewis 10
Graham was conspicuously quiet on Sunday, finishing with the least receiving yards of any of the three tight ends (one catch for 14). Lewis had a huge 30-yard gain when left wide open, while Kendricks had a pair of catches for 24 yards and was in on more plays than ever this season as a fullback. That likely was due to the situation in the game, with the Packers holding a solid lead and running the football down the stretch.
David Bakhtiari 57, Lane Taylor 57, Corey Linsley 57, Byron Bell 57, Bryan Bulaga 57
Thankfully, the line held up health-wise once again. Rodgers was sacked twice, but both sacks were killers, the first one coming on a fourth-and-two and the second on a third-and-two to push the Packers out of field goal range.
DEFENSE (68 plays)
Kenny Clark 56, Mike Daniels 43, Dean Lowry 39, Tyler Lancaster 14, Montravius Adams 12
The Packers’ pass rush got to Brock Osweiler early and often on Sunday, thanks in part to the Dolphins having three starting offensive linemen out for the game. Clark, Lowry, and Adams each had a sack in the game as the interior players were active throughout. Clark and Lowry each had six total tackles, with Daniels adding three, and Adams/Lancaster one apiece.
Kyler Fackrell 48, Clay Matthews 47, Reggie Gilbert 26, Nick Perry 15
Perry suffered an injury in the first half of the game, sending him to the sidelines and leading to more snaps for Fackrell. He had a very solid game, landing one sack to match Clark and maintain their tie for the team lead with five. Gilbert also had a sack and recovered a fumble, and although Matthews did not record a tackle, he did have a pair of hits on Osweiler.
Blake Martinez 68, Antonio Morrison 14
The Packers used Josh Jones as their second inside linebacker for most of the game, leading to a small number of snaps for Morrison. Martinez gutted out another 100-percent workload game a week after rolling his ankle painfully against the Patriots; he led the team with nine tackles (all solos).
Tramon Williams 68, Josh Jones 61, Raven Greene 30, Kentrell Brice 13
As mentioned above, Jones played primarily linebacker, even though Brice left the game with an injury early on. Jones did take a handful of snaps at safety when in the true dime package, but Raven Greene was the primary replacement and he acquitted himself quite well with a sack on a blitz and a pass breakup. Williams spent the entire game as the free safety and is clearly the primary option at that position moving forward.
Greene also took over Jermaine Whitehead’s role on special teams as the personal protector for punter JK Scott, and he converted a great fake punt, running for 26 yards.
Josh Jackson 68, Jaire Alexander 59, Bashaud Breeland 50, Tony Brown 16
With Kevin King out and Williams now a full-time safety, the Packers rolled out the three-CB lineup of Jackson, Alexander, and Breeland regularly. Both Breeland and Alexander had minor injuries late in the game that kept them out for a few series at the end, leading to Brown getting some playing time.
Jackson had six total tackles while Alexander had five plus a pair of pass breakups. Breeland reeled in the team’s only interception of the game, jumping a Danny Amendola route perfectly, while Brown added a pass breakup as well.