Packers report card vs. Bengals
The Sports Xchange
PASSING OFFENSE: B — Aaron Rodgers threw his first pick-six interception since Week 9, 2009, a string of 3,907 passes. But Rodgers bounced back and threw for 313 yards, giving him a franchise-record five straight games in which he eclipsed 300 yards. Rodgers was sacked six times, though, an area that must be cleaned up immediately.
RUSHING OFFENSE: D-minus — The Packers can’t get running back Ty Montgomery going. Montgomery carried 12 times for 35 yards Sunday (2.9 yards per carry). And through three games, Montgomery has just 124 rushing yards on 41 carries (3.0)
PASS DEFENSE: C — The Packers used four safeties much of the game against Cincinnati. Rookie safety Josh Jones was a show-stopper, becoming the first rookie defensive back in team history to register two sacks in a game. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton did have a 124.1 passer rating, but that mark was 90.5 in the second half and overtime.
RUSH DEFENSE: C — The Bengals ran for 82 first-half yards and averaged 4.6 yards per carry. But the Packers held Cincinnati to 28 rushing yards and 2.3 yards per carry in the second half and overtime. “Obviously in the second half, we hunkered down,” Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B — Green Bay return man Trevor Davis had a solid day, averaging 14.0 yards on his five punt returns. Kicker Mason Crosby also made his first game-winning field goal at Lambeau Field since Week 1 of 2007, which also was Crosby’s first-ever NFL game.
COACHING: C-plus — Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has now defeated every NFL team, except Green Bay, of course. McCarthy was 0-2 against Cincinnati, and after a forgettable first half, appeared in trouble again. But McCarthy and the Packers got rolling in the second half and posted a thrilling win.