An injured left knee and ankle couldn’t stop Marquez Valdes-Scantling from suiting up on Sunday for the Green Bay Packers. It did keep him to a limited snap count against the Oakland Raiders, however, as the team’s primary deep threat only played 20 snaps.
And in those 20 snaps, MVS made two of the biggest plays of the game. On the first play from scrimmage of the second half, he took off down field for a 59-yard gain, setting the tone for the third quarter and kick-starting the already impressive passing game into an even higher gear. Then midway through the fourth quarter, he iced the game with a tremendous 74-yard touchdown to fully put the game out of reach.
It was a gutsy performance for both MVS and fellow injured receiver Geronimo Allison, who was cleared from the concussion protocol at the end of the game. And although those two finished third and fourth in snaps among the Packers’ wideouts, they made critical plays at critical junctures.
OFFENSE (60 plays)
Aaron Rodgers 54, Tim Boyle 6
What more can you say about Rodgers’ game that hasn’t already been said? He finished the day 25 for 31 for 429 yards — a magnificent 13.8 yards per attempt average — with five touchdowns through the air and a sixth on the ground. He was sacked just once and ran the ball twice for six yards. Boyle came on late with the game well out of hand and led one three-and-out and took a knee three times to end the game.
Aaron Jones 34, Jamaal Williams 24, Danny Vitale 17, Dexter Williams 6
While Jones did not have a massive day running the football, he was still reasonably productive with 12 carries for 50 yards, a 4.2-yard average. However, it was his receiving chops that made him most dangerous, as he caught four passes for 33 yards, including a terrific 21-yard touchdown.
Jamaal Williams had three carries for five yards, but had four catches of his own for 26 and a score. Late in the game, Dexter Williams got his first taste of NFL action, running the ball three straight times for two yards to help run out the clock.
Allen Lazard 51, Jake Kumerow 43, Geronimo Allison 34, Marquez Valdes-Scantling 20, Darrius Shepherd 3
With Allison and MVS ailing, Lazard and Kumerow got the biggest snap totals in this game, and both made their share of big plays. Lazard had three catches for 42 yards, but could have had a bigger day if not for a bad drop up the right sideline. Kumerow caught two balls, including his 37-yard touchdown at the very end of the first half.
Allison was productive as well, with four catches on five targets for 33 yards. But it was MVS who led the way in the yardage department on just two receptions — both of them of 50-plus. The first was a classic shot play off play-action that went for 59 yards, but the second was a short drag route from right to left. MVS turned up the field and, thanks to an excellent down-field block from Aaron Jones, went untouched to the end zone for a 74-yard score. It was a great day for the injured players, who gutted out tough performances in this contest.
Jimmy Graham 33, Marcedes Lewis 24, Evan Baylis 8
While the receivers and backs did their part, Graham had perhaps his best game as a Packer. He hauled in all four of his targets for 65 yards and a score, and even got some significant yards after the catch by making a few tacklers miss in the open field.
Lewis and Baylis did not see any official pass targets in the game — the only pass thrown Lewis’ way was erased by a penalty on the Raiders.
David Bakhtiari 60, Elgton Jenkins 60, Billy Turner 60, Bryan Bulaga 54, Corey Linsley 54, Alex Light 6, Lucas Patrick 6
One of the quiet successes of this game was the line’s ability to pass-protect. Rodgers took one sack and just three hits overall in the game, and the time that the line bought him — in addition to his mobility in the pocket — were big reasons for his big day. The run game did little on Sunday, but that was more a product of the game plan than anything else.
DEFENSE (66 plays)
Dean Lowry 48, Kenny Clark 46, Tyler Lancaster 33, Montravius Adams 27, Kingsley Keke 7
The Packers lost Clark for a bit in this game with a shin injury, but he thankfully returned to the contest a bit later on and ended up with his lightest workload this season — just 70 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. He did make five tackles, but his slightly lighter day allowed for more opportunities for the other linemen.
Lowry probably had the best day of the group, as he drew a pair of holding penalties against backup right tackle David Sharpe. Otherwise, the Raiders’ run game was productive between the 20s, but this group locked it down close to the goal line.
Za’Darius Smith 49, Preston Smith 44, Kyler Fackrell 28, Rashan Gary 18
There were no hits on Raiders QB Derek Carr in this game, a surprise given the productivity from the Packers’ edge rushers so far this year. Gary, Fackrell, and Za’Darius Smith each had two tackles, with Fackrell recording the team’s only TFL.
Blake Martinez 62, B.J. Goodson 40, Oren Burks 14
The Packers elected to play a lot of 2-4-5 nickel in this game, leaving a second true inside linebacker on the field for much of the game. It burned them on many an occasion when lined up in zone coverage or with a linebacker matched up with tight end Darren Waller. The Raiders’ budding star caught seven passes for 126 yards and two scores.
Martinez finished the game with a whopping 16 tackles and was credited with a forced fumble on the play near the end of the second quarter when Carr lost the ball through the end zone. Goodson had 5 stops, including a tremendous mid-air stuff of running back Josh Jacobs at the goal line, while Burks had two tackles of his own.
Adrian Amos 62, Will Redmond 62
With the Packers playing 2-4-5 often, they kept the same two safeties on the field throughout the game. The team clearly misses Darnell Savage, as Waller’s stat line indicates. In fact, on the only incomplete target to Waller, Adrian Amos tipped a pass up in the air in the end zone for a Kevin King interception.
Amos ended the game with eight tackles and two pass breakups, while Redmond had seven solo stops.
Jaire Alexander 62, Kevin King 58, Tramon Williams 37, Chandon Sullivan 19, Josh Jackson 5, Ka’Dar Hollman 4, Tony Brown 1
The Raiders’ wide receivers were effectively a non-factor when the corners were locked up in man coverage on Sunday, as most of Oakland’s big plays in the passing game came against zone coverage or to their tight ends. King had the aforementioned red-zone interception, but the team got a break by not facing #1 wideout Tyrell Williams.
SPECIAL TEAMS LEADERS
Oren Burks 19, Ty Summers 19, Josh Jackson 18, Danny Vitale 16, Evan Baylis 15, Tony Brown 15, B.J. Goodson 12, Chandon Sullivan 12