It’s not often over the last several years that Green Bay Packers fans have been able to say that the team’s defense outperformed the offense, but that certainly was the case in Monday’s loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Joe Barry’s defense did its job, holding the Raiders to 17 points, an admirable number given that the unit ran out and got a three-and-out inside its own 10-yard line after a Jordan Love interception.
Yes, the defense was also bailed out by two missed field goals by the Raiders’ kicker — one blocked and one flat-out missed — but the fact remains that the 17-point affair is tied for the Packers’ lowest points allowed of the season. Both the players and coaching staff deserve some praise for the way they performed, and particularly given that the team was missing two key starters.
Quay Walker is starting to become one of the most critical players on the Packers’ defense, particularly with veteran linebacker De’Vondre Campbell injured. When Walker left Monday’s game, it could have spelled disaster for the unit as a whole. Instead, Eric Wilson stepped in admirably, avoiding any major mistakes as he took on a much more prominent role than expected.
The team got a star performance from one of its starting cornerbacks as well, though not Jaire Alexander, who was a notable storyline coming into the game. Instead, Rasul Douglas posted one of his better games as a Packer, helping to keep Davante Adams’ impact on the game to a minimum.
So let’s give credit where it’s due: the defense stepped up well on Monday. Unfortunately, it still wasn’t enough to get the team a W.
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Rasul Douglas was certainly worthy of the team's top grade of the day on Monday, giving up just 11 yards in coverage while breaking up a pair of passes and making five tackles.
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Meanwhile, Rudy Ford had a solid day as well, making plays against the run and getting the team's only turnover. Give some credit to Eric Wilson as well, as he was solid in relief of an injured Quay Walker.
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I say we give it to her.