GREEN BAY, Wis. – At this fee, it would not appear to matter who’s on the sector for the Inexperienced Bay Packers so long as Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback and Matt LaFleur is the playcaller.
With out WR1 Davante Adams and WR2 Allen Lazard, Rodgers and LaFleur had no drawback improvising in opposition to the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Discipline on Monday evening.
Robert Tonyan, who had two profession landing catches and a complete of 14 receptions previous to this season.
Monday evening was Tonyan’s time. The comparatively unknown shut finish of the third yr resulted in three landing passes and 6 catches for a complete of 98 yards (any profession top) to assist the Packers declare a 30-16 win that gave them their first 4-Zero begin since 2015 and LaFleur gave a 17-Three document – the second-highest win by an NFL coach in 20 video games behind simply George Seifert’s 18th.
For the primary time in franchise historical past, they’ve scored at the least 30 factors of their first 4 video games of a season.
It did not matter that Rodgers recipients had been Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Darrius Shepherd, Malik Taylor, and Reggie Begelton. Solely Valdes-Scantling had caught a move earlier than Monday this season. And of the opposite three, solely Shepherd had ever caught a move in an NFL sport (one for 1 yard final season).
All Rodgers wanted was a earlier uncovered shut shut from the state of Indiana, who now has 5 landing catches in 4 video games this season, to match Jimmy Graham’s manufacturing in 32 video games because the Packers’ main shut finish for the previous two seasons to succeed in. Tonyan is tied for the NFL landing lead with Buccaneers recipient Mike Evans.
After Adams held out for a second straight week with a hamstring harm – apparently not by his alternative – and Lazard was positioned in an injured reserve after a core muscle operation after his breakout sport in Week Three final week, Rodgers nonetheless managed a near-perfect match first half: 18-of-22 for 228 yards with three touchdowns for a score of 149.4.
His last numbers, 27 of 33 for 327 yards and 4 touchdowns (and no picks, after all, since he hasn’t thrown one all season), included an ideal 19 of 19 when concentrating on working backs (together with eight catches for 95 yards by Jamaal Williams) and tight ends.
Promising development: The Packers had a special offensive contribution in every of their first 4 video games – apart from Rodgers, after all. In Week 1 in opposition to the Vikings, Adams set a 78-year-old franchise document with 14 catches (for 156 yards and two touchdowns). In Week 2 in opposition to the Lions, Aaron Jones plunged into one of the best 168 yards of his profession for a complete of 236 hits. In week Three in opposition to the Saints, Lazard had a profession excessive of 146 yards (with six catches with one landing). After which there was Tonyan in week 4. Who will it’s in week 6 in Tampa Bay after the Packers say goodbye subsequent week?
Promising development II: Za’Darius Smith, who, in keeping with ESPN Stats & Info, led the NFL below quarterback stress at 63 final season, had 4 within the first half on Monday evening, which is his complete from the primary three video games. He had a sack of Matt Ryan to complete the primary half and ended the evening with a complete of eight presses.
Sensational NextGen Stat: What’s the definition of broad open? Attempt This: Aaron Jones was 12.9 yards away from his 6-yard landing catch within the first quarter. That is the second commonest break-up in a Packer’s landing catch up to now 4 seasons.