A Triple A Thriller In Aaron's HousePosted:Oct 9th, 2017 3:51 am
It's official. The house that Jerry built belongs to Aaron Rodgers. His final drive masterpiece broke the Cowboys' hearts for the second time this calendar year, with help from the other Aaron and Adams. A triple A knockout to complete the comeback with 11 seconds left.
The Cowboys get credit for an assist with some highly questionable play calling at the end of their impressive time-churning drive that almost ran out the clock. With Green Bay down to one timeout and allowing rushing yards in chunks, the Cowboys' pass on second down, followed by Dak's touchdown scamper left 1:13 for Rodgers and you have to believe virtually everyone in the stadium knew what was coming.
Rodgers used his arm ands legs to move the ball methodically and efficiently, mixing in a big run by Jones and ultimately hitting Davante Adams on a back shoulder thing of beauty.
While we're never surprised by what Rodgers does, we were hopeful that rookie Aaron Jones could inject some life into the running game, knowing that teams have been gashing the Cowboys on the ground. The makeshift offensive line would also be helped by the threat of a running game. Jones was a stud from the start, showing a burst and a natural ability to make guys miss. He showed his pass catching ability with a big sideline catch that kept a drive going.
Jones' performance has earned him snaps. Though it may not help your fantasy team, the Pack's offense would be well-served to employ a time share with Jones and Montgomery going forward, keeping them both fresh and hopefully decreasing their chance at injury.
The final 'A' is Adams, of course, and his performance may be the one that felt the best. Just ten days ago we saw him get strapped onto a stretcher and taken to the hospital after a brutal, illegal hit. To think that we'd see him back on the field one week later seemed preposterous just a few days ago. But he cleared the concussion protocol on Friday and showed again why he will earn a gigantic payday after this season. With Nelson nearing the end, Adams figures to be the Pack's top receiver over the next 4-5 years.
Speaking of Nelson, he missed the last drive with an undisclosed injury. He didn't sound too concerned about it, but the way this season is going, you never know. Five games in, the Packers are 4-1 and they have yet to get their five starting offensive linemen on the field together.
Defensively, it was not as good a day. The pass defense reverted to 2016 form, aided by the exit of Kevin King, who left in the first quarter with what appears to be a concussion. While the run defense was bottling up Zeke and forcing Dak into third and long over and over, the second year QB converted time and time again, often moving out of the pocket and finding a soft spot in the secondary.
After giving up touchdowns on Dallas' first three possessions, they settled down and didn't allow another one until the final 73 seconds. They wore down late and let Zeke gash them on that fourth quarter drive, but overall Mike Daniels and Blake Martinez led the way in making Dak beat them, and not #21.
Along with Nelson and King's injuries, we'll wait to hear about the severity of Morgan Burnett's hamstring injury. Considering the secondary was playing without two key players late, they did a pretty solid job keeping the game close enough for Rodgers to do his thing late.
I was hoping for no worse than a split of these two tough road tests in Dallas and Minneapolis and we've accomplished that. Next up: a chance to deliver a dagger to a Vikings team playing on a short week. A win like the one in Dallas gives us reason to believe it may not be our last visit to US Bank Stadium this season.