The three Green Bay Packers will be under the microscope and expected to perform when the Miami Dolphins come to Lambeau Field on Sunday.
The Green Bay Packers have a very important matchup against the Miami Dolphins coming up on Sunday. At 3-4-1, Green Bay has fallen below .500 and their season is quickly getting away from them. In order to save it, they must come away with a victory over Miami.
However, it won’t be that easy. When you combine the Packers’ subpar play with the fact the Dolphins have won more games than they’ve lost this year (5-4), Green Bay must show up to play. Immediately following Sunday, the Packers hit the road for another pair of away games at Seattle and at Minnesota. Therefore, the Packers need to take care of their home field.
In order to do so, these three players need to step up in a big way and take control of the game. Without further ado, let’s highlight three Packers in the spotlight against the Dolphins.
Aaron Rodgers: Rodgers is no longer receiving a field pass from the media, as they have begun to hold him accountable for his less than stellar play this season. On the year, Rodgers is only completing 60.6 percent of his passes which is the worst of any year he’s started.
Per usual, Rodgers holds onto the ball far longer than he needs to. In the past, this might have been okay because he’s been able to buy time with his feet. However, he’s been caught in the pocket more times than usual likely due to the knee injury he suffered in Week 1.
In order for Green Bay to make the playoffs this season, Rodgers needs to be at his best. Whether or not he can bring his A-game on Sunday will be a big point of discussion.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling: The rookie wide receiver has given Rodgers a surprise weapon in the passing game. Valdes-Scantling has proven capable of running routes at multiple levels and is great at leveraging his size and speed.
Even with the disappointing play of Randall Cobb and Jimmy Graham, Valdes-Scantling has somewhat masked that. The Packers looked to have gotten a nice player in the late rounds of the draft and someone who could be with the team for years to come.
Any pass rusher: It would be very nice if literally any pass rusher could come to the table and help the Packers out. Despite doling out tons of money to outside linebackers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, neither one shows up on a weekly basis and gets after the quarterback.
Perhaps, that’s been one of the biggest disappointments in Green Bay all season. It’s forced defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to get creative with blitzes, but he’s sacrificed his pass coverage because of it. If even just one outside linebacker would show up and get pressure on the quarterback, it’d make a world of difference.