GB-OAK Grades: Packers' tackles hold Khalil Mack to season-low mark
Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Packers’ 30-20 win over the Raiders:
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– A week after Khalil Mack’s (+0.1) massive five-sack day in Denver, the Packers’ tackles Bryan Bulaga (-2.0) and David Bakhtiari (+4.3) held PFF’s highest-graded edge defender to one of his lowest grades of the season. Mack picked up an early sack against Bulaga, winning inside with a spin move at 8:45 of the first quarter, but for the rest of the game, had less of an impact than to what we’re used to seeing. What was most impressive was that the Packers mostly left their tackles one-on-one without chips or double team help.
– Safety Morgan Burnett (+2.8) missed multiple games in the first half of the season due to injury, but lately he’s been playing as well as anyone at that position—since Week 9, he has the highest-overall grade among safeties. That continued on Sunday, as Burnett collected three pass defenses. Among those plays was 9:29 of the second quarter when he impressively went over TE Clive Walford (+0.2) to knock the ball away in the end zone. Oakland beat him for a touchdown on a similar corner route to Amari Cooper later in the quarter, but otherwise he had a good day in both coverage and run defense (two stops).
– Another solid game from QB Aaron Rodgers (+0.9). His use of the no-huddle put a lot of pressure on Oakland’s defense at times—and he got a touchdown out of it at 5:52 of the third quarter, snapping the ball before the defense was fully set and hitting a wide open James Jones for a 30-yarder. The late interception was inexplicable, with pressure in his face; Rodgers often opts to toss the ball out of bounds instead in that situation. He saw pressure on just over a quarter of his dropbacks, but struggled when Oakland blitzed, whether or not they actually got to him. His passer rating ended at 27.1 on those plays, with a -1.3 raw grade compared to a +2.3 and 113.0 passer rating against a standard rush.
LT David Bakhtiari (+4.3)
S Morgan Burnett (+2.8)
CB Quinten Rollins (+2.6)
LG Josh Sitton (+2.2)
DE Mike Daniels (+2.0)
– Amari Cooper added another drop to his league-leading total, but otherwise had one of his best games of the season. Nine targets resulted in 120 yards and two touchdowns, and this was his first time reaching the end zone multiple times. Most of his work came against fellow first-rounder Damarious Randall (-0.9), who surrendered a catch on all five targets against Cooper for 101 yards and was called for pass interference on another play (first quarter, 4:48).
– When targeting Cooper, Derek Carr (-3.3) had a 149.3 passer rating, which including some big-time throws. Outside of that, he struggled, throwing back-to-back interceptions in the first quarter and a few more passes that could have been picked at other points in the game. He graded negatively from both a clean pocket and when pressured (41.5 percent of dropbacks), while connecting on just six of 22 passes targeted more than 10 yards downfield. The inclement weather certainly didn’t help, and neither did three drops, including two from Andre Holmes (-3.3). Those factors combined resulted in Carr’s lowest grade of the season.
– While CB T.J. Carrie (-4.3) had a rough day in slot, David Amerson (+2.7) played an outstanding game at right corner. He hauled in an interception late in the fourth quarter, and earlier in the game got his hands on two more passes to force incompletions. In his matchups with Green Bay’s receivers, he shut out WR Jeff Janis (-1.2), while seven targets against Davante Adams (-1.6) and James Jones (0.0) yielded just 37 yards. Over the last five games, Amerson’s +12.0 grade is the highest of any corner.
CB David Amerson (+2.7)
C Rodney Hudson (+2.3)
WR Amari Cooper (+2.0)
DE Shelby Harris (+2.0)
LT Donald Penn (+2.0)