GB-AZ grades: Larry Fitzgerald carries Cards to overtime win

Here are the highest-graded players and top takeaways from Arizona's overtime playoff win over Green Bay.

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(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

GB-AZ grades: Larry Fitzgerald carries Cards to overtime win


Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Cardinals’ 26-20 overtime divisional-round victory over the Packers on Saturday night:

Arizona Cardinals

–This was an outstanding game, with both teams making potential game-winning plays down the stretch, but Larry Fitzgerald (+3.1 PFF receiving game grade) may have created the most lasting memories with his overtime heroics. Having accounted for 96 yards in regulation, Fitzgerald got free from a coverage bust on the opening play in overtime and simply wouldn’t be stopped by a group of Green Bay defenders. Capping it off with the game-winning touchdown catch off of a shovel pass, Fitzgerald earned his highest postseason receiving grade since the 2009 conference championship win over Philadelphia.

–Fitzgerald’s play helped rescue a real up-and-down performance from Carson Palmer (-2.5 game grade, who mixed the sublime with the ridiculous in equal measure on Saturday night. There were some of the pinpoint downfield throws we have become accustomed to this season, when he ranked as the No. 1 quarterback in our grades, but in the same measure there were some badly forced throws and coverage misreads that led to turnovers and dropped interceptions. Palmer’s five turnover-worthy plays (earning a grade of -1 or below) were his most in a single game this season, but the Cardinals scraped through, giving Palmer his first career playoff win and giving him the opportunity to perform better next week with a shot at the Super Bowl on the line.

–The conversion of Deone Bucannon (+3.7) to linebacker continues to go well for the Cardinals, as the former safety earned the highest single game grade of his career to date last night. He had four defensive stops, his second-highest total of the season, and graded positively in coverage and run defense for the first time all year. Working off of blocks can be troublesome for Bucannon at times (unsurprisingly, as he is a recent convert from safety), but as he showed Saturday night, the skill he brings to underneath coverage more than makes up for any occasional shortcomings against the run.

Top performers:

ILB Deone Bucannon (+3.7)

WR Larry Fitzgerald (+3.1 receiving)

CB Patrick Peterson (+2.6)

C Lyle Sendlein (+2.4)

DE Calais Campbell (+2.2)

 

Green Bay Packers

–The Packers’ receivers certainly know how to high point a Hail Mary pass thrown into the end zone, don’t they? Second-year wideout Jeff Janis (+2.9) capped off a career night by catching another miraculous prayer from Aaron Rodgers (+1.2) as time expired to send the game to overtime. Having struggled without Jordy Nelson all season, you might have excused the Packers’ offense for derailing completely when they lost Randall Cobb early in the game to an injury, but Rodgers was able to manufacture enough offense to keep the Packers in the game. He then hooked up with Janis on that unbelievable final drive to send the game to overtime, but that ultimately proved to be the final salvo for the Green Bay offense this season, as the Cardinals scored a touchdown on their first overtime possession.

–Playing in his first game since Week 14, cornerback Sam Shields (+3.9) came up with a huge performance for the Packers, but if he could have held on to one of his dropped interceptions it might just have been a game-winning performance. The Cardinals were eager to test out Shields in his return to the field, and he was not found wanting; he was targeted 10 times on the night, and surrendered only three catches, with one of those coming on Michael Floyd’s freak touchdown catch off of Damarious Randall’s break-up on a pass initially intended for Larry Fitzgerald. Combine that freak play with his own missed opportunities, and the game of inches conspired against Shields in his exceptional return to the field.

–After he started the season with two strong performances in a row, there were high hopes for B.J. Raji (-1.6) this season, but Saturday night capped off a disappointing end to the season for the Packers’ nose tackle. Only grading positively once in the final eight weeks of the season, Raji’s night got off to a bad start when he was blown off the ball Lyle Sendlein (+2.4) and Ted Larsen on a fourth-down conversion on Arizona’s first scoring drive. This wasn’t an isolated incident, either, with Raji and Letroy Guion both manhandled a couple of more times throughout the game by Sendlein, opening holes for the rare successes the Cardinals had on the ground.

Top performers:

CB Sam Shields (+3.9)

WR Jeff Janis (+2.9)

S Ha Ha Clinton Dix (+2.5)

C Corey Linsley (+2.3)

S Morgan Burnett (+1.8)

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  • Joe

    How did both Raji and Guion get manhandled? The cardinals had what, 40 yards on the ground? Palmer had pressure on him all night, some of it created by the interior of the line (I remember one spectacular bull rush by Guion pushing his man right into Palmers lap). Raji got blown up a couple of times, but for the most part held his own, and the Arizona running game is certainly not why the packers lost.

    • KAO

      Its cuz of how they grade. Certain plays get looked down upon so much more than other. And some get looked up at more. It’s the same reason Palmer was their MVP I believe. They put so much emphasis on deep passing that a few deep passes can save a otherwise terrible game grade.
      Please Bring back Premium Stats….

      • Kyle

        These are the premium stats lmao. Just because the cardinals had only a few yards rushing doesn’t mean that those two packers interior linemen were any good.

        • KAO

          I dont know if you just joined this season but the real Premium Stats arent available anymore…. They even say as much when you sign up for their player grading system they do allow access too….

      • McGeorge

        +1 on the real premium stats.
        I’m still pissed off that they cut of my subscription mid season.
        It’s on thing to phase out a product, but no DURING the season, and you don’t treat your paying customers that way.

    • James Winslow

      well raji spin moved out of the way on the overtime score, so there’s that.

  • Skolbro28

    I can’t believe that there are idiots (skip and cowherd) that honestly trash on rodgers. Dude didn’t have his top 4 wide outs against a great cardinals defense and still kept his team alive.

    • Anthony a

      He isn’t that good. If he’s best qb in football how do they barely score 13 points in the first 59 minutes and 59 seconds of the game

      • Sam Doohan

        Rodgers has absolutely been that good in the past. This season, eh, less so. But he’s been missing a running game and his top receiver. And his team was still competitive because he held them together without those play makers. No, he doesn’t look great this season but we’ve seen enough of him to say that he’s a great QB. We’ve seen the offense really hum before, seen that even leaning on mediocre players they can score plenty of points. No, he wasn’t MVP caliber this year but that doesn’t mean he’s a bad player. With seconds to go in a divisional playoff game he got his team in position to win. And the Cards came up with a TD in overtime. Well, that happens. But he still scored points, still got them in a position to win against a great D. The Packers will be back in the superbowl and soon.

        • NAJ

          Boohoo that he has no running game and best receiver missing. Some QB’s have never had a receiver as good as Nelson and they don’t get an automatic pass for being sub par. Rodgers just hasn’t been good enough this year and has missed far too many balls and held the ball far too long at times

          • FlyingWombat

            Yes, Rodgers was off at some points during the season, but it wasn’t his fault that James Jones is old and slow, that Davante Adams doesn’t know how to catch a ball, and that teams double Randall Cobb, taking him out of the game.

          • NAJ

            All valid reasons but my point is that the same excuses could be said for many QB’s around the league and they don’t get the same benefit of the doubt that Rodgers does. People just say QB’s aren’t good enough despite having extremely limited weapons and poor O-Line. This Packers offence was being touted as 1 of the league’s best even after Nelson went down. Rodgers play hasn’t been anywhere near good enough. He’s blaming a non coin flip rather than looking at his own missed throws…

          • Cant FixStupid

            It was being touted as that because they expected Lacy to put up another 1,500+ total yard season. Expected Cobb to be as good as last year. Expected Adams to make a jump to being a high quality #2 WR. Expected Rodgers to make a jump and become a high quality TE. Expected the OL to be among the league’s best and expected their young WRs Abbtederis, Janis and Montgomery to all step into solid contributing roles. All of these expectations didn’t come to fruition. Lacy regressed, showed up overweight and out of shape. Adams regressed from his mediocre rookie year to look like one of the league’s worst. Cobb sprained his shoulder and regressed this year. The OL was beat up all year and regressed. Rodgers became nothing better than a below average TE, a backup quality TE at best. Montgomery was injured early and lost for the year. Janis n Abby obviously wasn’t doing enough in practice to get on the field during the season. But I guess Rodgers is to blame for all that huh???

        • Schwalmy

          Like all the other Packer fans, you are spewing the same nonsense every time Rodgers loses games and his accuracy is no better than about 50%. The Packers will NEVER make the SB with Rodgers, McFatty and the enigmatic (Howard Hughes?) Ted Thompson. Notice I wrote that in “capital letters”?

          • Cant FixStupid

            The QB who ranks 6th all time in completion percentage is no better than a 50% passer??

      • Cant FixStupid

        That’s just the comment of a complete idiot!! Do you truly believe that stupid sh!t?? The highest rated passer in NFL history, top 2 in postseason history, 6 straight years of 100+ passer rating, all time best TD to INT ratio, one of highest completion percentages in NFL history, 2 time MVP, 2 time 1st team All Pro, Super Bowl Champion, SB MVP, 5 Pro Bowls in 7 years, and you’re really gonna say “he isn’t that good” after 1 rough season followed up possibly the greatest statistical stretch for a QB in NFL history?? Complete ignorance!!

        • Anthony a

          He hasn’t been very good for several seasons now. Unless the NFL changes pass defense rules again like in 2010 when he won his only super bowl, he’s unlikley to win another one.

          • angryspit

            “Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been good for several seasons now”

            Got any stock tips? You seem to really know stuff

          • Anthony a

            Rather than be condescending, here’s a relevant tip. Don’t bet on Green bay to win the super bowl. People have over hyped Rodgers, and the Vegas lines have not been realistic the past couple years.

          • angryspit

            Was it when he threw 38 TDs last season to 5 INTs when he was overhyped? I was being polite you haven’t seen condescending.

          • alex

            STFU STUPID.

          • crashby89

            Didnt he just win the MVP last season? And the year before that he was injured. If you don’t think Rodgers is a great QB might I suggest a different sport?

          • Anthony a

            Yeah that’s great logic. I need another sport because you think rodgers is better than he really is and you base that off voting done by NFL writers lol, that’s incredibly biased. Great logic buddy.

          • crashby89

            Nah you need a different sport because you clearly don’t understand football. At least not QB play. Believe it or not a QB can have a great game and still lose. I know that’s hard to comprehend, what with football being a team sport and all.

          • Anthony a

            Nothing you said matters. That applies to any position. It applies to playing well or playing poorly, and it applies to non team sports too. What a completely garbage comment. Care to say any thing intelligent or relevant?

          • crashby89

            I’m simply pointing out the obvious that a win or loss depends on more than a single player. You say he has been bad for several seasons yet his play says otherwise. This year he was good. Last year he was great. 2013 he was injured but still really good when he played. 2011 and 2012 he was great. No other QB in that time span has played at that high of a level. That is a fact not an opinion. Like I said maybe football is not your thing. Or you are incapable of being objective one of the two.

            Your reasoning for him being bad was he lost playoff games. See above for why that does not matter. Tell me where did the Packers defense rank compared to the defenses they faced in those games?

          • Anthony a

            Omg this is hilarious. Everything you just said was an opinion lol

            Yeah, you might not think he was out played and good for you. Doesn’t change that he isn’t that good.

          • crashby89

            Everything I said was a fact. Want proof? Here are the numbers from the past 5 seasons I’ll compare to Brady and Brees the other 2 who have unarguably been great QB’s during that same time, I would include Peyton but he has missed too much time during that stretch to be a good comparison:

            Rodgers:
            Yards: 19676 2nd
            TD’s: 167 2nd
            INT’s: 33 1st
            YPA: 8.18 1st
            QB rating: 108.1 1st
            TD %: 6.9 1st
            INT%: 1.4 1st
            Attempts: 2436 fewest

            Brady
            Yards: 18581
            TD’s: 167
            INT’s: 47
            YPA: 7.5
            QB Rating: 98.2
            TD %: 5.4
            INT%: 1.5
            Attempts: 3082

            Brees
            Yards: 25637
            TD’s: 193
            INT’s: 73
            YPA: 7.8
            QB Rating: 101.9
            TD %: 5.9
            INT%: 2.2
            Attempts: 3263

            Facts are he ranks 1st or 2nd in every significant category, and those where he ranks second are due to Brees having 827 more pass attempts than Rodgers. Pick literally any QB over the past 5 seasons. They will fall short. Tell me again why he is bad? I cant wait to hear your reasoning.

          • Anthony a

            Lol those are just your opinions that those metrics are more important to playing well and winning games. I could pick other ones. Super bowls won. Play off games won. Points scored. All of them are just an opinion that those are the best ways to judge someone. This is hilarious. Literally no critical thinking skills what so ever. Which is what this entire thread was about. People tell you Rodgers is great and you believe them. He’s not that good.

          • crashby89

            Those stats are not important? Yeah you really might want to pick a new sport. You clearly dont know crap about football or QB play. Maybe Tennis is more your thing, a lot less to keep up with there all you need to know is who wins the most.

            As far as winz go this years playoffs show you why playoff wins is a terrible way to judge a QB. Brady has clearly been much better than Manning this season but whose team won? Wins are a team stat that’s Football 101.

            You are yet to give a reason why he is bad other than because you say so. Unless you have an actual reason you would like to bring up I’m done. If I want to have a discussion with someone who has no idea what they are saying I’m pretty sure B.O.B is still going on about the Earth being flat on twitter.

          • Anthony a

            This is hilarious. Literally no critical thinking skills. You just like to watch football for the collisions? Quote where I said he was bad? I’ll wait. You are a moron.

          • crashby89

            About what I expected. Insults and still nothing to back up your claim that he is “not that good”. Still waiting on something other than because I said so. Still waiting for you to show your amazing “critical thinking skills”. The more you avoid and deflect the question at hand the more apparent it is you really don’t have an answer.

          • Anthony a

            Rodgers was not very inaccurate, very scared in the pocket, very easy to tell when GB was going to run it vs pass. He didn’t throw very far down field. He had what, less than 200 yards on 38 or 39 passes before their final drive? Now here come a bunch of excuses.

          • crashby89

            That’s the best you can do? Seriously you base everything off of one game where he faced the 5th ranked defense without Nelson and Adams and loses Cobb in the 2nd quarter? A game in which he still put them into overtime? You have to be a Bears fan to be this irrational.

            I mean nevermind how ridiculous it is to use only 1 single game as evidence but man you picked a terrible game. That’s like saying Brady was bad because he had that bad game against the Eagles when he didn’t have Edelman, Amendola or Gronk. I really hope you step it up cause this is quickly losing what little fun it had to begin with.

          • Anthony a

            Lol that defense didn’t look so good against Cam Newton

          • crashby89

            Wow you really are basing everything off of one game. Thats cute. And again you show your lack of understanding that football is a team sport. Arizona had 7 turnovers against Carolina. You don’t think maybe that had something to do with the blowout? Think this conversation is done. You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about.

          • Anthony a

            You mean 3 years of playoffs. Yeah.he hasn’t been very good in the playoffs for a while. We agree. Thank you.

          • Cant FixStupid

            Are you serious dude?? You’re saying some of the stupidest shit ever. In 2011, year after winning the SB, Rodgers set the record for highest passer rating in a single season, 122.5, 46 TDs, just 6 picks and his YPA was the highest since 2000. He follows that up with an NFL best 108 in 2012. Misses half the year in 2013, still finished with the 5th best passer rating. 2014 finishes 2nd with a 112.2 passer rating and wins his 2nd MVP in 4 years since that 2010 season. But yeah, he hasn’t been good for several seasons now. What a jackass comment!!! Even with this rough season, Rodgers is still the highest rated passer in the league over the previous 7 seasons combined. Chew on that troll!!

          • Anthony a

            He’s been out played by Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson and Carson Palmer in the playoffs the last 3 years and those three have had relatively poor games while still outplaying him

          • Cant FixStupid

            Yeah, because he’s facing the same defense as they are huh?? Comparing the 2 QB’s by their performance in the same game is one of the stupidest things ever. Like Russel Wilson was facing the #1 defense, Colin Kaepernick the #5 defense and Carson Palmer the #5 defense too huh?? Just incase you didn’t know, they weren’t.

        • Schwalmy

          Your moniker says it all. He won’t even make the HOF, IMO. He isn’t even in the same category as Brady, Manning and many others who have had long and storied careers.
          What makes you omniscient – a few statistics??

          • ^ThisGuy^

            Grade A trolling, son.

          • Cant FixStupid

            Of course in your opinion he won’t, because you’re obviously a huge Aaron Rodgers hater. You’re being completely stupid though. If Aaron Rodgers isn’t HOF worthy, then beside Brady and Montana, who is?? If Rodgers isn’t leading a HOF caliber career after the 1st half of it, nobody deserves to be in the HOF but Montana and Brady. Not Manning, not Brees, not Ben Roethlisberger, not anybody!!! After 8 years, currently sitting as the most efficient passer in NFL history, currently the 6th highest winning percentage among QB’s in NFL history, a 2 time MVP, 2 time 1st team All Pro, SB Champion and SB MVP in 8 starting seasons, if that’s not a career on pace for the HOF, the HOF just shouldn’t exist!! Do you wake up this ignorant, or do you actually put in the effort to get there???

      • Bill Doerr

        Uhh you realize the Cardinals have an Elite defense right ??? And the best secondary in football??? Plus its the playoffs where defenses seem to play out of their minds !!!! Its not uncommon at all to see a defense that ranked in the middle of the pack to all of the sudden start playing as if their the best defense in football come playoff time

        • Fgd Ricketts

          Cards secondary is good, but Broncos with Harris, Talib, and Ward are best in football. Also allowed lowest passing YPG and locked down receivers long enough for the team to lead the league in sacks.

      • Schwalmy

        All these GB fans only like to use solid evidence if it supports their opinion that ARodgers is the ‘second coming’.

        • Cant FixStupid

          Well please, show us the solid evidence that doesn’t support Aaron Rodgers as being the best QB over the past 7-8 years now??? Highest rated passer in NFL HISTORY. Best TD to INT ratio in NFL HISTORY. Highest TD % and lowest INT % among all active QBs, 5th best and BEST in NFL HISTORY. I could go on and on, but I’ll give you a chance to give “solid evidence” that Aaron Rodgers is overrated and hasn’t been the best player playing the QB position the last 7-8 year’s now.

    • etyb

      Yeah, but remember that they’re idiots and will say stupid things. Best to ignore them.

    • McGeorge

      Rodgers is still excellent, but he looked mortal this season, as opposed to god like in prior years. Of course missing Jordy nelson hut a lot.
      And he still makes clutch throws.
      I’d trade my (much younger) QB for Rodgers any day of the week.

    • Jack Casey

      Do people really still listen to Skip Bayless? He is just contrarian for the sake of being contrarian. We are talking about a guy who once said on national tv that the Patriots should trade Tom Brady and keep Matt Cassell.

      • Tommy

        nobody listens to Baseless anymore, that entire show has jumped the shark like 2 years ago. Its like the guy is a little spoiled kid and I’m not even sure Steven Smith watches football games.

      • Fgd Ricketts

        He also thinks Tebow is an NFL quality QB… Can’t take anything he says seriously.

        • Schwalmy

          Funny, he has a huge audience of idiots.

    • Tommy

      amen. but I would scrutinize the head coach of the Packers. Eddie Lacy busted that super long run,(12mins left in 3rd qtr) which was preceded by a 14 yard pounder, after that long run, I believe he had one carry the rest of the game??? And the diehard Packer fans have been literally CRYING for McCarthy to get Jeff Janis on the field due to his elite level size/speed/athleticism. Sucks that it takes all the injuries for the coach to see what the kid can do.

    • Schwalmy

      Oh, stop whining. Most people know that Rodgers is over rated because of two anomalies in his slightly above average career. Ya, I know, he hasn’t had the tools, yet it doesn’t seem to bother Brady, Big Ben, Palmer, Newton etc., etc. when their 1 or 2 receivers go down.

    • Misty Ratley

      I love how all the haters come out when Rodgers has one “off” season. I especially loved the comment saying Rodgers, McCarthy, and Thompson will never win a SB. Here’s a newsflash for ya.. they already did. Rodgers is and will go done as one of the best QB’s in the history of the NFL.

  • Brian Dugan

    “Combine that freak play with his own missed opportunities, and the game of inches conspired against (Sam) Shields in his exceptional return to the field.”

    This is probably the best way to summarize how I feel as a Packers fan today. Such a brutal end to a brutal season. Congrats to the Cards on the win, especially Larry Fitz who is a beast.

    Packers now with 5 last-play playoff losses under Mike McCarthy, 4 in OT. I hope bad luck, injuries, and overly conservative coaching aren’t ruining the backend of Aaron Rodgers’ prime.

    • Tommy

      Great comment. couldn’t have stated it better. SEE: Jeff Janis? or lack of Lacy carrying the ball the entire 2nd half??? McCarthy is an average coach, propped up by elite QB’s. the end.

      • codered5

        Are you single? You somehow have articulated the thoughts that have forever been in my mind as if by fate. Mccarthy is gary kubiak with an alltime great qb(in his prime).This must be serendipity.

  • crosseyedlemon

    Ain’t no stopping Fitzgerald. Larry is just scary good.

  • Tommy

    How can u grade the NT in a 3-4 defense(Raji) when they hold a soon to be superstar RB to like 2 yards a carry??? That seems dumb if you know anything about football and what scheme GB is playing. Either all his teammates were A+ against the run or something is wrong with the grade????? I saw him make several piles in the middle and either contact the RB in the backfield or around the LOS. Did he get manhandled on one play, yeah, its the NFL, it happens, he turned around and manhandled Sendlein a few plays later.

    • Bill

      Soon to be superstar status for Johnson? It’s too early for me to think of him like that.

      It’s true that holding the primary back to a 2.3 avg usually represents success. On the flip side, ARZ ran the ball only 19 times and Raji was only on the field for 13 of those 19. As the author points out, Raji got beat a few times (not just the early 4th down play), so there weren’t many opportunities for Raji to make up for his mistakes.

      • Bill Doerr

        No its not. RB David Johnson is an Elite RB in the making , he is the 2nd best RB (So far , I think if he had started all season long he would be looked at as the best RB from the 2015 class over Gurley) to come out of this last draft class. Johnson is the complete package , the guy is 6″2/225 pounds with 4.41 speed ( He was the 2nd fastest player clocked all season clocked running in a TD at 23.9MPH) , he has Elite speed and Elite Power and just flat out runs guys over & he is the first Big 6ft + RB ive seen since AP that can do that little jump cut while running and make guys miss , he is 225 pounds but has the feet of a 185 pound man , he makes guys miss with ease, Johnson is the total package. On top of he is an Elite Route Runner & an Elite Receiver with excellent hands rarely does he drop anything, he reminds me a lot of AP at times with that same upright running style and how he runs angry & he has excellent patience like AP & vision , follows his blockers extremely well. He was the NFC Player of the Month in December , and finished the season with over 1,600+ All Purpose Yards and 14TDs & AVG’d 4.8YPC , the last 4-5 guys of the same he had 120+ yards rushing per game . In 4 of the last 5 guys of the season he had 120 yards, 123 yards, 229 yards , 127yds & 60YDs.

        Johnson is a beast , he is an Elite back in the making he’s the complete package he can run , receive & pass protects well & is getting better. He had a bad game yesterday ya , He is a Rookie , It was his first playoff game , GB was also keeping extra big bodies in the box & taking the run away & for some reason AZs was run blocking up front was just so-so and they are a Elite run blocking OLine 98% of the time.

        Johnson is going to do a lot better against the Panthers I’d bet on it . The Panthers secondary is extremely weak , esp at the Corner position. Arizona has the best WR core in the NFL , its top 3 WRs are ALL #1 CALIBER WRs in Fitzgerald ( whos basically a TE playing slot WR & matchup nightmare) , Michael Floyd w/ his Elite skills n speed running a 4.41 40, and 2nd year Burner WR John Brown w/ his Elite world class 4.29 speed. Arizona’s #4 & #5 WRs are both #2WRs on any other team & the rookie has Elite #1 receiver caliber potential in JJ Nelson who runs a 4.25 40 time with 399YDs n AVGs 35.5 YDs/Rec , Nelson is going to be a monster & then their is 6″3 Juron Brown at 210LBs with 4.39 speed whos an Excellent WR….. Both Arizona’s RBs double as receivers as well & have Elite speed w/ Johnson running a 4.41 40 & Ellington running a 4.39 40 & Arizona has 3 Excellent TE’s in 6″7 270 Pound TE Darren Fells w/ 400 receiving yards, 13.5YDs/Rec & 3TDs, 3X Pro Bowl TE Jermaine Gresham ranks as the 7th best run blocking TE n NFL n is a Excellent receiver & 2nd round pick TE Troy Niklas with 3 TDs is developing extremely well.
        As you can see Arizona is loaded with WEAPONS and all of those weapons at WR/RB have Elite SPEED , The Panthers don’t have the tools to cover all those weapons as the backend of their D is sub-par outside of Norman . Because their secondary is weak they wont be able to commit extra manpower up front to stop the run meaning AZ can gash them in the run use play action n hit em deep with John Brown, JJ Nelson, and Michael Floyd running go routes. Johnson is going to have a great game come Sunday.

        • Bill

          That’s a great pitch, and I don’t disagree. I simply want to see it shown over a longer stretch before I get on board (he wouldn’t be the first rookie RB to have a few good weeks). My primary point was about Raji’s grade and how the number of ARZ running plays effected it.

        • Autocephallus

          Teal deer.

  • Tommy

    How can none of GB’s offensive lineman manage to earn a top grade? Eddie Lacy averaged over 7 yards a carry vs the vaunted Arizona defense and Rodgers was sacked, what 1 time? Are you joking? Other than Linsley the center at +2.3, I would think that all the starters earned grades over 2.

    • Cant FixStupid

      To be fair, 2 Lacy runs took his ypc from around 2 to 7. They all probably had good pass blocking grades, but weak run blocking grades as neither Lacy or Starks had much room at all that game.

  • Malenko

    Agreed on some of the earlier comments about emphasis on downfield passing.. The site seems to think that the longer the pass automatically means a harder throw, which I fundamentally disagree with.

  • James Morris

    Jeff Janis needs to play more. I don’t care how high Adams was drafted Janis is a play maker!

    • Cant FixStupid

      Problem is, he still isn’t a reliable route runner. It don’t matter how much talent you have if you can rarely get to where you’re expected to be. Hopefully he figures it out more. And Adams playing isn’t about where he was drafted, it’s about the talent he has. Adams main issues are mental. He’s out there thinking too much rather than just letting his natural ability take over n make the plays, and really the only cure for that is playing and making a couple plays to start gaining confidence, similar to what happen in Washington until he sprained his knee. Things just weren’t destined to happen for him this year, let’s hope it changes big time next year.