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Packers vs. Ravens: Full Roster Report Card Grades for Green Bay

Matt SteinCorrespondent IIOctober 14, 2013

Packers vs. Ravens: Full Roster Report Card Grades for Green Bay

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    Eddie Lacy led the way for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
    Eddie Lacy led the way for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    Another week and another win for the Green Bay Packers. This week the Packers went on the road and squeaked away a 19-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

    It wasn't the prettiest of games from Green Bay, but they got big games from a handful of players to get to 3-2 on the season. The defense was specifically dominant in this game as they successfully shut down the Ravens offense for the majority of the game.

    Here are the full roster report cards from Week 6 for the Packers.

     

    *All statistics via NFL.com.

Quarterback

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    Key Player: Aaron Rodgers

    It was another less-than-spectacular performance from Aaron Rodgers in Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens. He struggled to get into a rhythm with his receivers the entire game.

    Of course, some of the reason for that was due to the fact he lost two of his top three targets early in the game. However, Rodgers' accuracy and timing seemed off the entire game, as he only completed 17 of his 32 pass attempts. 

    In the larger scheme of things, Rodgers' struggles aren't nearly as bad as what other NFL teams have to deal with. However, it's definitely clear he hasn't looked quite like himself in recent weeks.

    He'll ultimately need to get back to playing at an elite level if the Packers want to make a big splash for the rest of the year.

     

    Final Grade: B-

Running Back

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    Key Players: Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin

    With the passing game struggling in the past few weeks, Lacy and the ground game has really had to step up. The good news is that they've done just that.

    After gaining 99 yards on the ground last week, Lacy posted 120 rushing yards this week. He consistently ran with power, vision and decisiveness and averaged over five yards per carry on the game.

    Lacy's ability to take pressure off Aaron Rodgers has been crucial to the Green Bay Packers having success. As long as he can continue to play like this, the Packers should continue to win football games.

     

    Final Grade: A

Wide Receivers

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    Key Players: Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin

    It's hard to call Cobb and Jones key players since they both played less than a half due to injuries, but they still managed to combine for five receptions and 63 yards on the game. After they both left the game, the Green Bay Packers receivers really struggled.

    Heck, even before Jones and Cobb left the game this unit was struggling. They were dropping passes, failing to get open on a consistent basis and not making life easy for Aaron Rodgers. 

    Coming into the season, this unit was supposed to be one of the strengths of the team. Unfortunately, they weren't a strength this week due to injuries and poor play overall.

     

    Final Grade: C

Tight End

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    Key Players: Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless

    It wasn't until late in the fourth quarter that the tight ends made any type of impact on this game. 

    With time running out, Finley made a huge 52-yard reception to keep the ball in the hands of the Green Bay Packers. Despite the fact that he ran out of bounds to stop the clock, it was an absolute huge play from Finley.

    The problem is that Finley didn't do much good for the rest of the game. He missed a few key blocks that resulted in negative plays for the Packers.

    Until Finley and the tight ends can consistently make plays on offense they'll continue to squeak by with barely passing grades.

     

    Final Grade: C+

Offensive Line

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    Key Players: Andrew Bakhtiari, Josh Sitton, Evan Dietrich-Smith, T.J. Lang, Don Barclay

    The offensive line continues to impress on a weekly basis for the Green Bay Packers.

    This week they held one of the best defensive units in the league in check for most of the game. Sure, the Baltimore Ravens recorded three sacks, but some of those were the fault of Aaron Rodgers.

    Furthermore, the offensive line was absolutely dominant with their run blocking. They had no trouble opening up huge holes for Eddie Lacy to run through all game long.

    While there is still room for improvement for this unit, it's hard to not be impressed by how far they've come in recent weeks.

     

    Final Grade: B+

Defensive Line

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    Key Players: Johnny Jolly, Mike Daniels, B.J. Raji, C.J. Wilson, Ryan Pickett, Datone Jones

    It's going to be hard to explain just how incredible the defensive line was on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. While the Ravens don't necessarily have the best offense in the league, they are still an offense that can do some damage.

    However, the Green Bay Packers defense never let the Ravens offense get going, and the main reason why was the play of the defensive line. They got penetration, wrapped up opposing players and simply didn't make mistakes.

    Of all the units, the defensive line was the most consistent and finished with the top overall grade.

     

    Final Grade: A

Linebackers

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    Key Players: A.J. Hawk, Nick Perry, Mike Neal, Jamari Lattimore, Andy Mulumba

    If we were only grading Hawk, then the linebackers would likely finish with a grade of A++++. Hawk had 10 tackles and three sacks against the Baltimore Ravens.

    However, we are grading the whole unit, and not every linebacker played up to the elite level that Hawk was at. That doesn't mean guys like Perry, Neal and Lattimore were terrible on Sunday, they just weren't nearly as good as Hawk.

    The linebackers were able to put pressure on Joe Flacco and didn't allow any big plays. Even without Clay Matthews, this group had one of their best overall performances of the season.

    If they can continue to play at this level for the rest of the season, the Green Bay Packers could field an absolutely elite defense.

     

    Final Grade: A-

     

Cornerbacks

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    Key Players: Tramon Williams, Micah Hyde, Sam Shields, Davon House

    It was a rather up-and-down game for the Green Bay Packers cornerbacks.

    At the start of the game, players like Shields and House were absolutely blanketing receivers and not allowing anything to get completed. However, as the game wore on, the entire unit seemed to take a step back in their performance.

    Neither Williams nor Hyde played great, and each gave up a number of plays. Even Shields made a terrible play when he easily let Jacoby Jones get past him for a touchdown late in the game.

    It'll be interesting to see just how well this unit plays once Casey Hayward returns from his injury. They definitely need Hayward's playmaking abilities, but it might not be enough to make them a great unit.

     

    Final Grade: C+

Safeties

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    Key Players: Jerron McMillian, Chris Banjo, Morgan Burnett, M.D. Jennings

    It was another long game for the safeties of the Green Bay Packers. One week after looking improved against the Detroit Lions, they struggled mightily this week against the Baltimore Ravens.

    The biggest issue this week was the play of McMillian. He struggled throughout the game, but played his worst football late in the fourth quarter. On back-to-back plays, McMillian gave up a long reception because he fell down and then a touchdown because he got beat by the tight end.

    Until the Packers can get McMillian to play better football, this unit is going to continue to struggle every game.

     

    Final Grade: C-

Special Teams

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    Key Players: Mason Crosby, Tim Masthay, Micah Hyde, Michael Hill

    There was nothing too spectacular from the special teams of the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. In fact, it was a game of highs and lows from this unit.

    One high was the blocked punt that this unit had in the first half. However, that was quickly followed by the low of John Kuhn trying to pick up the ball, failing to do so and the Baltimore Ravens getting the ball back.

    Another low was the fact that Crosby missed his first field goal of the season. Of course, he made his other four attempts to finish the game with an impressive 13 points.

    Overall, there was more good than bad from this group, which is what ultimately caused them to finish with a passing grade this week.

     

    Final Grade: B-

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