The Green Bay Packers are officially halfway through their regular 2019 season and the results so far are very promising. The Packers entered Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Sunday to win 31-24, beating the Chiefs 7: 1. Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Jones continued to look like a caged duo, and one last, more deadly Drang finished the job for the Chiefs.
Now the Packers sit at 7: 1 and continue to fight for one of the top two seeds in a very crowded NFC and they will try to continue their excellent start next week when they face the Los Angeles Chargers.
Let's take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from the Packers 31-24 over the Chiefs:
- Aaron Rodgers: After wondering for years whether Aaron Rodgers ever was like his old one I would or not, he finally begins to silence the doubters. Rodgers was not as perfect as last week, but he was brilliant again when he had to be. He made two incredible throws ̵
- Final Offensive Drive: The Packers defense fought for a large part of the game (more on that soon)), but stopped the Chiefs late on matchday four and forced a boat with a remaining playing time of about five minutes. From then on, the Packers never returned the ball and used a combination of Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams and Aaron Rodgers to freeze the game. This final drive embodied the Packers philosophy: no brakes. The Packers knew the Chiefs had a broken line of defense and used them in six of their seven games, with good reason. The final game – an 8-yard pass for Aaron Jones – sealed the game and squeezed the Packers to 7-1.
- The Defense: Last week, Packers' defense almost got things out of control in the first half before settling in the second half. On Sunday against the chiefs a similar topic took place. Chiefs substitute quarterback Matt Moore not only played well, but led the Chiefs 17:14 at half-time. All in all, the chiefs gained 337 yards of attack power and 6 out of 11 in third-down conversions. While Packers' defense has calmed down and only 110 yards are allowed in the second half, they need to tighten things up, especially when the schedule starts with even more playoff opponents.
- Kevin King: It's Kevin King, who once again seemed a bit shaky on Sunday against the Chiefs, had a year of ups and downs. Maybe it was the defense plan that required it, but King was often a long way from the Chiefs' receivers and missed some important duels during a handful of games. He was not afraid of contacts in King's rookie season. So it's a bit strange that he missed so many tackles this season. While King still plays an important role in Packer Secondary, he must step up his game throughout the year.
- Tackling: The Chiefs are one of the best NFL players when it comes to catching shipyards to create, but it will be interesting to hear how many tackles Matt LaFleur believes the Packers have on Sunday night missed. It could easily be 10 or more.
- Darrius Shepherd: It did not go well for Darrius Shepherd this season. After an ugly game against the Detroit Lions two weeks ago, Shepherd has not done too much against the Chiefs again. Shepherd, who was banished to the Punt Return service, battled the Chiefs and returned with zero punts that got in the way. It would not be too shocking if the Packers look replaced him at Returner, although his job in the team seems safe for the time being.
- Pass Protection: For seven games, the Packers offensive has proven to be one of the best in the NFL, so Aaron Rodgers seldom has to worry about being pressured. On Sunday night, they took a step back when Rodgers was pushed on half of his dropbacks against the Chiefs. Bryan Bulaga and David Bakhtiari – two of the league's best duels – had heavy nights. Bulaga was often defeated by Emmanuel Ogbah. Matt LaFleur said communication is a problem against lightning in the first half. Overall, the Packers offensive allowed five sacks and Rodgers seemed to be under pressure all night. Another tough matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers awaits you. So look for the Packers Offensive Line to spend most of this week fixing the issues they reported on Sunday.