Jrlombardi presents Packers vs Dolphins grades.
PASSING OFFENSE: C. QB Rodgers held up the whole way only a week removed from suffering a concussion, but the offensive line did him no favors as the quarterback was sacked a season-high five times. Rodgers threw for 313 yards in only 18 completions out of 33 attempts, 1 passing touchdown, and one running touchdown. RUSHING OFFENSE: D. Rodgers punched the ball in from a yard out on a fourth-and-goal sneak to tie the score in the final seconds of regulation after John Kuhn was stuffed for no gain on the previous two plays. The Packers were mediocre in gaining 76 yards for an average of 3.6 yards per rush. PASS DEFENSE: C-minus — The cornerbacks were hung out to dry more often than not in defending Brandon Marshall (10 catches for 127 yards). Nose tackle Raji, linebacker Bishop and safety Collins each had nice breakups. The Packers, minus NFL sack leader Clay Matthews at linebacker, didn’t have a sack. RUSH DEFENSE: D. The depleted defense wore down in the second half and overtime. Green Bay had little push up front from a line missing run-stopping end Pickett and rookie backup Neal. RBs Brown and Williams combined for 84 yards in 19 carries (4.4 average) after halftime. The Packers allowed a season-high 150 rushing yards. SPECIAL TEAMS: D-. Packers’ special teams snafus ran much deeper. P Masthay was a liability (gross average of 38 yards) culminating with a weak kick of 37 yards that started the Dolphins near midfield for their game-winning drive in overtime. Pat Lee and Jordy Nelson combined to average an atrocious 19.8 yards on kickoffs. Williams wasn’t any better on punt returns. COACHING: D. Another week of multiple drops and failed execution on third down (3-for-13) bogged down the offense. McCarthy’s travails in calling the plays were further hindered by not giving Bulaga help against the pass-rushing prowess of Wake. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers toned things down and paid for it with the impact Marshall made. Special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum’s approval rating in Green Bay is critically low.