The Green Bay Packers found out just how tough life without quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be over the next month when they were blitzed at home by the Philadelphia Eagles 27-13 Sunday afternoon. In the loss, starting quarterback Seneca Wallace was lost early in the first quarter and is likely headed to IR as a result. In response to that move, the Packers agreed to a deal with their former backup quarterback Matt Flynn on Monday night.
Scott Tolzien, who has only been a member of the Packers organization for about 10 weeks, stepped in for Wallace and played very well considering the circumstances. His teammates, particularly on defense, didn't help him out much on Sunday and thus the Packers suffered their second straight home loss for the first time since losing back-to-back games at home to Carolina and Houston in 2008.
Without further ado, lets take a look at how PFF graded out the individual performances of the Packers on Sunday.
Sitton has done an outstanding job moving from right guard to left guard and may have played his best game of the season on Sunday. Sitton received the highest grade given to any Packers player, both on offense and defense, with a grade of (+3.4).
Sitton had a completely clean stat sheet on Sunday, not allowing a sack, hurry, hit, pressure, or committing a penalty. He opened up holes for running back Eddie Lacy all day long and really dominated the line of scrimmage from the get-go.
Before exiting the game with an apparent knee injury in the fourth quarter, Barclay was having arguably the best game of his career. He received the second-highest offensive grade for the Packers from PFF of (+ 3.1). Aside from one quarterback hit, Barclay had a clean stat sheet, like Sitton.
Barclay has become sort of an enigma for the Packers. He started off the season with grades of (+1.3), (+1.3) and (+1.9) in the first three games. The last five games his combined grade is (- 10.7) and he has really struggled, particularly in the pass blocking game in recent weeks, but that changed on Sunday.
Barclay continues to be plagued by inconsistent play, as is to be expected from a young player. Hopefully if given time to develop, Barclay will come into his own.
John Kuhn: (+1.6)
Evan Dietrich-Smith: (+1.4)
Jarrett Boykin: (+1.3)
When Evan Dietrich-Smith left the game due to an injury, Newhouse came in the game at right tackle and shifted Barclay to right guard. Newhouse and Barclay battled it out all training camp for the starting right tackle job, which was eventually won by Barclay; Newhouse showed us why on Sunday.
Newhouse took 47 snaps in the game Sunday and played downright awfully. He received the worst offensive grade on the day (-3.6).
Scott Tolzien: (- 1.3)
Seneca Wallace: (- 1.2)
It wasn't on Williams that DeSean Jackson caught the 55-yard touchdown pass from Nick Foles. Morgan Burnett actually took an interception away from Williams, who was in great coverage.
Williams finished with the Packers' highest defensive grade (+3.7). If you take away that one touchdown, Williams was targeted six times and allowed three completions for 26 yards, a solid job. Williams also chipped in for five tackles, supporting the run well in an aspect to his game that has been criticized in the past.
Williams has been criticized a lot in general over the past three years, and at times rightfully so. However, Sunday was one Williams' better performances.
Daniels continues to be the Packers' breakthrough player of the year. He has been a monster on the defensive line all year and has earned more playing time in the process. In fact, Daniels played 38 snaps, while Ryan Picket played 24 and B.J. Raji 34. The Packers have become tired of Raji's inconsistency and Daniels has taken full advantage of his added playing time.
He finished with the second-best defensive grade (+ 3.6). Daniels had a sack, two quarterback hits and one hurry, along with two tackles.
Jones had been having a nice season before he re-injured his hamstring a few weeks. He has been slowed down by the injury on the field and some have speculated a change from Jones to Jamari Lattimore. Jones finished with the worst grade of any Packer on Sunday (- 4.2). In run defense, Jones was a big reason why LeSean McCoy was able to thrash the Packers defense for 155 yards. His run defense grade of (- 3.5) was by far the worst of any Packers defender on the day.
In his first game back from breaking his thumb against the Detroit Lions back in October, Matthews was very limited. At times he was dominated at the line of scrimmage as he was only able to use his one hand while the other was wrapped in an unusually large cast. For a guy that uses his hands as well as Matthews does you knew he would struggle with the cast on, but not to this extent.
Matthews finished with a grade of (-3.4) and had just one tackle on the day.
B.J. Raji: (-2.9)
Mike Neal: (-2.5)
Morgan Burnett: (-2.2)
Nick Perry (-2.0)
Johnny Jolly: (-1.7)
The Packers defense earned a grade of (- 16.5) on the day and altogether 10 players graded into the "red" category meaning they received a grade of (- 1.0) or less.
Make sure to keep it locked here at APC as we put the Eagles game in the rear view mirror and look forward to Sunday's showdown with the Giants from the Meadowlands.
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