The Green Bay Packers defeated the New England Patriots in overtime 27-24. New England was down to their third string quarterback but the Packers still needed overtime to win. A win is a win but there is a lot to unpack in this game. Here are 3 takeaways from the Packers victory over the Patriots.
Rashan Gary Continues To Feast
Rashan Gary's final numbers today:
• 7 tackles
• 2 sacks
• 1 forced fumble
• 1 fumble recovery
• 1 TKFL
• 2 QB hits
Gary gonna play himself into the Defensive Player of the Year discussion real soon. pic.twitter.com/Fp1LuM87p3
— Eli Berkovits (@BookOfEli_NFL) October 3, 2022
Let’s start with the positive from Sunday. Rashan Gary is a monster. He kept his streak of a sack per game alive and even added to his total. Gary finished the day with 2 sacks. On one of those sacks, he forced a fumble and recovered it as well. He added 2 QB hits and 7 tackles in total. He was all over the field today and now has 5 sacks on the year. If Gary keeps this up, he should enter the Defensive Player of the Year conversation soon.
Packers Run Defense Needs Help
The Packers brought in a lot of help in free agency to try and help stop the run. It does not seem to be helping. The only reason that the Patriots were able to stay in this game was their ability to run the ball. The Packers were consistently giving up chunk running plays to Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson. This led to wide open receivers on a couple of play action plays. Overall, the Packers need to improve their run defense quickly. Their strength is their pass rush and secondary. When the Patriots tried to pass, the Packers got pressure and forced bad throws. One of the biggest takeaways from the Packers victory over the Patriots is the Packers need to stop the run.
Romeo Doubs Not There Yet
Romeo Doubs has been much improved. He had a great back shoulder touchdown catch in today’s game. However, he also had a key drop. Tied 24-24, Aaron Rodgers threw a deep ball to Doubs in the end zone. He caught the ball but the ground caused it to come loose. Every Packers fan knows that this means it is an incomplete pass. While the Packers ended up winning, this is a catch that Doubs has to make. Had they scored a touchdown there, it would have forced the Patriots to have to march down the field and score. Instead, the game goes to overtime which essentially is a coin flip. I love Doubs and I think he will be something special. This game showed that he is not quite there yet.
This was an ugly win. But an ugly win is still a win. I would rather see ugly wins in September and October than in January. The Packers look to continue their winning ways as they head to London to take on the New York Giants.
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