SEA-GB grades: Aaron Rodgers has excellent game in Packers’ blowout win

Packers grade well in almost every facet, while Seahawks QB Russell Wilson struggles.

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SEA-GB grades: Aaron Rodgers has excellent game in Packers’ blowout win


Green Bay Packers 38, Seattle Seahawks 10

These are the highest-graded players and top takeaways from the Packers’ 38-10 win over the Seahawks in Week 14:

Green Bay Packers

Quarterback gradeAaron Rodgers, 85.8

Spectacular game from Rodgers ends in worry

It’s safe to say that Aaron Rodgers is back. He has graded as the best QB in the NFL since Week 7, which has boosted his season rank to fifth overall. Against Seattle, Rodgers was off-target on just one pass deep left, and was phenomenal under pressure, completing 6 of 8 passes for 143 yards and 2 TDs, with a passer rating of a nearly perfect 156.3. Rodgers and the Packers are poised for a postseason push, but with uncertainty around the two-time MVP’s calf injury, fans will be worried until there’s an update.

Top offensive grades:

QB Aaron Rodgers, 85.8
WR Davante Adams, 81.4
RT Bryan Bulaga, 77.9
RG T.J. Lang, 74.1
WR Jordy Nelson, 72.9

Offense hits its stride, while Adams is living up to the hype

With Rodgers clicking on all cylinders, the receivers have followed suit, with Jordy Nelson grading as the fifth-best wide receiver since Week 7, and Davante Adams playing the best football of his young career. Adams was excellent against Seattle, catching four of his six targets for 104 yards and 1 TD, while Nelson was efficient catching six of seven for 41 yards and 2 TDs. The offensive line did what it normally does, protecting Rodgers incredibly well and accounting for just six hurries.

Top defensive grades:

DI Mike Daniels, 88.8
S Morgan Burnett, 88.3
CB Damarious Randall, 87.4
CB Quinten Rollins, 81.1
ED Datone Jones, 80.2 

Green Bay defensive backs turning it around

If anyone watched Week 11 of “Sunday Night Football” against Washington, the Packers’ defense was disastrous, with the top five corners (in snaps plays) all allowing a passer rating of 121.1 or worse in that game. Since then, cornerback Damarious Randall has allowed a passer rating of 89.7, which is the worst of the Packers CBs. While playing the Eagles and Texans will cure a lot of secondary issues, shutting down Russell Wilson is another story.  Randall was stellar in this one, allowing 7.5 yards per target and intercepting two passes, while Quinten Rollins was also great, allowing 9.4 yards per target and recording one interception and one pass breakup. With Rodgers back in form, if the Packers defense can keep playing at a high level, Green Bay will be extremely dangerous if it makes the playoffs.

Seattle Seahawks

Quarterback grade: Russell Wilson, 38.9

Wilson puts together a very poor performance

A stat line that has a 56.4 completion percentage and ends with five in the interceptions column is never good, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. Sure, Wilson was not good against Green Bay, and struggled badly under pressure, but four drops and one throwaway taken into consideration puts his adjusted completion percentage at 68.4. That is not a great number, but surely better than missing almost every other pass. Coming into the game, Wilson was the NFL’s second-best QB under pressure with an adjusted completion percentage of 73.3 and a passer rating of 87.6. Against the Packers, his passer rating under pressure was a paltry 30.5, dropping his season rating to 80.7.

Top offensive grades:

RB Thomas Rawls, 73.1
TE Jimmy Graham, 72.0
RB Alex Collins, 66.5
TE Luke Willson, 61.7
WR Tyler Lockett, 55.8

Offense collapses in cold weather

With kickoff temperatures in the low- to mid-20s, the Seahawks struggled on the road in the cold weather. When a top-five player on your team grades in the mid-50s, the outcome is usually not good. The offensive line was poor as usual, with RT Bradley Sowell (43.6) allowing seven pressures, including one sack and three hits, while LT George Fant (41.9) allowed three pressures, including one devastating blindside sack. WR Doug Baldwin (48.8) had a rare poor game, grading below-average for the first time since Week 6 of 2015. He caught just six of 11 targets for 46 yards and dropped one pass.

Top defensive grades:

LB Bobby Wagner, 87.3
S Kam Chancellor, 82.9
DI Tony McDaniel, 81.8
ED Michael Bennett, 77.6         
S Steven Terrell, 77.0

Defense put in tough position, can’t stop Rodgers

With 38 points put up by the opposing team, it would be easy to assume the defense was a disaster. Missing free safety Earl Thomas (out for the year due to injury) hurts, but the defense was hurt more by having to continually start with short fields. Seattle CB DeShawn Shead was picked on by Rodgers, and Jeremy Lane was torched by Davante Adams for a 66-yard touchdown. On the positive side, linebacker Bobby Wagner racked up nine tackles and three stops, and Tony McDaniel logged six stops and two hurries. Cornerback Richard Sherman was largely avoided, as he allowed just one catch for 11 yards on two targets.

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John is an analyst for Pro Football Focus and former safety for the University of Kansas Jayhawks (2004–2006).

  • a3uge

    Something is wrong with a grading system that has at least 5 Seattle defenders rated higher than Jordy Nelson, who caught 6 of 7 targets and had 2 touchdowns. The Packers put up 38 points and 3 guys have a +75 grade. Seattle’s defense gives up 38 and 5 guys +75? That doesn’t make any sense, regardless field position.

    • AKjester

      I am a Seahawks fan and I agree. I thought Jordy did well, but wasn’t targeted while covered by Sherman. Considering his success elsewhere, I am not sure why that would make his score go down.

  • AKjester

    If Sherman was avoided, basically playing his position exactly as it should be played, why isn’t he the top rated defensive player. He looked like the only guy that actually played well on the defense. There are two defensive linemen with high rating despite the Hawks having no pass rush.

  • Shoutout to all the guest

    Does it bother anyone else that PFF always lists defensive line players as “Dl” instead of “DL”? PFF please do something about this

  • Shoutout to all the guest

    Players/people that need to get the f*ck off the team:
    1. Jermaine “ill drop the ball or have it intercepted” Kearse
    2. Darrell “lets throw the ball on the goal line” Bevell
    3. Jeremy “i have no idea what im doing” Lane

    people that need to leave for other reasons:
    -Jimmy Graham (this is more of a luxury player, but in no way a negative to the team. Money used here should be allocated to the offensive line)

    That’s about it, leave an upvote if you found this post useful. Thank you