Jrlombardi evaluates Packers key performances against Eagles.
Commentary: It was an evenly matched game in which neither team could really find a lot of traction, but the Packers finally found a run game to go along with the pass game which was enough for the Packers to get the points needed to win. The offensive success for the Packers can partially be attributed to rookie running back James Starks (+2.6), who got the majority of the carries and had one of the best performances the Packers have seen this season on the ground. He ran 23 times for 123 yards with 76 coming after contact, and he caused three missed tackles. Part of his good game is thanks to center Scott Wells (+5.0) who had an excellent game. The run game has been a bit overcriticized this year, and certainly could stay productive against a subpar Atlanta run defense. While the Eagles wanted to get the ball down the sides of the field, they found little success doing so thanks to Packer cornerbacks Tramon Williams (+1.7) and Sam Shields (+2.1). The pair was thrown at 13 times during the game, but only allowed four catches for 71 yards. Shields had two passes deflected, while Williams had one and an interception. Wide receivers Greg Jennings (-1.6) and James Jones (-2.0) lined up against various of the Eagles defensive backs in the game, but didn’t find success against any of them. Jennings was thrown at five times, but could only come up with one catch for 8 yards. Jones was only thrown at twice; once early on for a touchdown, and the other time he dropped what would have been a sure touchdown which could have put the game away much earlier. Rookie report–Along with Starks and Shields, TE Andrew Quarless (-0.3) had two catches for 27 yards but didn’t do the best blocking. RT Bryan Bulaga (-0.8) had one of his better games only allowing three pressures. DE C.J. Wilson (-1.1) failed to come up with any pressure when he rushed.