In their first game without Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers played exactly how one would think. Quarterback Brett Hundley completed only 12 passes for only 87 yards. Tight end Martellus Bennett was the team’s leading receiver with only two catches for 15 yards. After jumping out to a 14-7 halftime lead, the Packers only managed to score three points in the second half, falling to the New Orleans Saints 26-17. After a dreadful performance like this, what can the Packers take away heading into their bye week?
Keep feeding Aaron Jones
After Ty Montgomery suffered broken ribs, Jones took over carrying the football. Jones’ play on Sunday would seem to have given him the running back duties full time. Jones finished Sunday with 131 yards on 17 carries, which included a 46 yard touchdown to open the scoring for the day. In comparison, Montgomery only had six yards on four carries. If the Packers hope to have any success without Rodgers, feeding Jones the football might be the key to any success
Defense did alright
All things considered, the Packers defense did a respectable job against Drew Brees and the Saints offense. The Packers held the Saints to only 26 points, and managed to pick off Brees twice as the Saints were driving. If Rodgers were healthy, one would think that would have been enough for the victory. However, that was not the case as the defense almost gave up 500 yards of total offense. The defense almost did enough to give the Packers the victory, but almost didn’t get the win.
Damarious Randall remains a ball hawk
Cornerback Damarious Randall has been on a tear of late. Randall has gotten an interception in each of the last three games. This comes after he was sent to the locker room against the Chicago Bears for getting in an argument with a coach. After that confrontation, Randall could have done one of two things. He could have either continued to pout or use his play to do the talking. Randall chose the latter and once again looks like the Packers number one corner.