A win is a win–you’ll always take ’em in the NFL.
There were times where the Packers looked quite impressive in Sunday’s relatively easy defeat of the Pittsburgh Steelers. There were other times where there were some significant causes for concern.
I don’t know that we ultimately learned a lot about this team and its capabilities, and the injuries coming out of the game (especially that to Jaire Alexander) are concerning. But the Packers are 3-1.
A variety of factors led to victory in this game:
- The utter incompetence of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, who should have retired this offseason to spare himself the embarrassment.
- A solid one-two punch from Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon that helped power the Packers’ offense.
- Excellent protection yet again from an inexperienced offensive line against a tough front seven
- Adequate to solid play from the defense after its opening drive
But to me, the game-changing factor wasn’t a single play this week, but rather a series of plays, as time after time Aaron Rodgers found his old friend Randall Cobb on crucial third downs to move the chains or get into the endzone.
Every Randall Cobb catch yesterday was either a third-down conversion or a touchdown. Cobb scored two touchdowns in a game for the first time since 2015.
Every single catch by Randall Cobb today either went for a TD or converted a 3rd down…
Damn is it nice to see him back in the Green and Gold pic.twitter.com/STaUtXXBy4
— Eli Berkovits (@BookOfEli_NFL) October 4, 2021
The 25-yarder was the one that stood out the most. Just an incredible throw by Rodgers, shades of the pass to Greg Jennings in the Super Bowl that sealed the game.
On a day where the Rodgers-Davante Adams connection was not as potent as usual and the Packers were missing their deep threat in Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Cobb stepped up big time in turning the clock back. It was also a big win for Rodgers, who lobbied hard for the Packers to trade for Cobb this offseason when even Brian Gutekunst admitted it’s not a move he otherwise would have made.
Great to see Cobb has something left to offer this team in an all-in season. Here’s to more of these moments to come, hopefully.
We’re on to Cincinnati!
Tim Backes is a lifelong Packer fan and a contributor to CheeseheadTV. Follow him on Twitter @timbackes for his Packer takes, random musings and Untappd beer check-ins.