The Green Bay Packers are through the first quarter of their season and much like a school year, it means a report card is coming.
Thanks to a perfect 4-0 start, there is no shortage of players deserving an award and a good grade. Aaron Rodgers has been flawless despite missing some of his top weapons and Jaire Alexander continues to make his case as one of the top cornerbacks in the league.
Things could not have gone better for Green Bay through four weeks. As they take the bye week to review things and get healthy, fans can rejoice in knowing they have one of the best teams in football.
Players are emerging and schemes are jelling. It’s a wonderful symphony for the eyes and fingers crossed everyone not only in Green Bay but around the league stays healthy and the season is allowed to continue.
The Packers are very much on their way to doing something special and it’d be a shame if COVID got in the way.
Now on to today’s curds.
Green Bay Packers quarter-season awards: MVPs, breakout players, top rookies—Packers Wire
To be a wet blanket for a moment, Preston Smith has been basically invisible through four games and while Za’Darius Smith broke out in a big way on Monday, Preston has been quiet and is even being picked on in the passing game. More snaps for Rashan Gary may be in order if the other Smith brother doesn’t get it into gear soon.
Packers taking full advantage of new rule regarding game-day rosters—PackersNews.com
Thanks to COVID, the NFL has expanded gameday rosters from 46 to 48 for this season and the Packers are taking full advantage of it. With Davante Adams and Allen Lazard out, all the moving pieces on offense have definitely benefitted from the larger roster.
Raven Greene’s versatility helped keep Packers’ secondary afloat against Atlanta—Packers.com
When healthy, Raven Greene has been a tremendous asset to the Packers defense. He was all over the field on Monday and helped keep Atlanta’s potentially explsoive offense in check.
Matt Nagy on Bears getting to 4-1 by beating Bucs: ‘We find ways to win and it’s not always pretty’—NFL.com
The Packers can’t rest on their laurels too much because Chicago is right on their heels even if all of their wins have been in less than impressive fashion. The defense is still legitimate and the Packers won’t face the Bears until after Thanksgiving so they could in theory be fighting for NFC North supremacy until then.
Tennessee teenager’s homemade fusion reactor lands Guinness record—UPI
Not sure how I would feel about having a nuclear reactor in my living room, but it’d be a great deterrent against your parents. “Time for bed!” “Five more minutes or I nuke the neighborhood!”