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Anti-Power Rankings: The opposite of power rankings – an update of the player list that takes into account crappy play meshed with overall fan criticism (i.e. Ahmad Carroll #1 All-Time).
Predictably, the Green Bay Packers did not cover the 15.5 point spread against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Injuries to the team were not the reason the Packers have pushed back their momentum – it was poor execution. The defense played the best of any unit but at times looked poor – especially in pass coverage. Additionally, A.J. Hawk’s second missed tackle in the flat in as many weeks was a thing of Anti-Power beauty. On to the rankings…
10. Casey Hayward. No interceptions on this go around. Hayward was out of position on a couple long strikes from the opposing quarterback.
9. Jerron McMillian. In a couple incidences on Sunday, McMillian tackled the air instead of the player that allowed additional yardage.
8. Aaron Rodgers. Missed on several throws but also had to deal with drops and opposing rushes. Rodgers may be playing hurt right now and even mentioned he cannot wait for the bye week. Sunday’s matchup against the Arizona Cardinals is not a bye week. We need to get Aaron’s momentum rolling again.
7. D.J. Williams. The backup tight end was a pseudo fullback on Sunday and was decent in doing so. Unfortunately, Williams pulled a Jermichael Finley when he dropped an easy pass from Rodgers that hit him right in the hands. He did not come up with any catches the on the afternoon.
6. T.J. Lang / Josh Sitton. Run block. Just try it once, guys. Sitton’s injured elbow is becoming a factor in the power run game.
5. A.J. Hawk. With 14 pressures Hawk was pretty active, but he chalked up the missed tackle of the year that gave the Jaguars a first down and an extra 15 yards. That must have been painful for Hawk and his family to watch on film. Also, nothing came of Hawk’s 14 pressures.
4. Jermichael Finley. It may be his injury. It may be his consistent butterfingers. Let’s face it – Finley is seeing less playing time. He dropped another pass early in the game and is not making an impact. His “Fin” celebration after his downfield first down catch was simply embarrassing. I’m surprised the home crowd did not boo him. Finley said that he had a brief conversation with Aarod Rodgers on Saturday night and they now have chemistry. Huh?
3. Jeff Saturday. Saturday had another bad showing. He struggled in both the run game and pass coverage. He is playing tired. The role of the center should be a just-a-guy position, but perhaps letting Scott Wells walk in free agency was a minor mistake.
2. Mason Crosby. Mason Crosby missed a 32-yard field goal that he should have made. His confidence could be lost and depending on how the season plays out his job could be on the line. The Packers may not be able to depend on this guy at the end of an important game.
1. Alex Green. For the second week in a row, Green did not have any big holes in front of him, but still didn’t make the most of his carries. By getting 22 carries he definitely had his opportunities, but he only managed to come up with just 54 yards. He is a good pass blocker. He never fumbles. Nonetheless, he trips over white lines in the grass. Green definitely will not be getting 20+ carries on Sunday, and perhaps ever again. Coach McCarthy’s support for Green during the last two post-game press conferences has sounded silly.
On the Bubble:
C.J. Wilson. A zero impact game. He registered just one tackle on the afternoon.
James Starks. Typically just-a-guy, Starks made the most of his opportunities with an eight yard rush and a nine yard reception. Now healthy, Starks will definitely get more action against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Marshall Newhouse. He has not done anything over-the-top all season. Newhouse is becoming a leader in the JAG category – and for now, it is OK.
Off the Bubble:
Brad Jones. Jones made several impact plays on Sunday, including a tackle that caused the Packers’ first takeaway fumble of the year. It does not hurt that he has five inches on the former starter, D.J. Smith. Plus his frame is more slippery.
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