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Jim Polzin gives Packers a B grade against Cowboys

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers pondered that question for 13 seconds after Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions.



Wisconsin State Journal columnist Jim Polzin reviews the Green Bay Packers in their 31-28 overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field.

Offense: A-

Aaron Rodgers looked just like the old man, and he may have found a new favorite target in Christian Watson. The rookie wide receiver, teasing his potential, finally pulled it together during a 107-yard three-touchdown performance. The Packers fed Aaron Jones a lot and he finished with 138 yards and a score. None of this would have been possible without a solid offensive performance.

Defense: C

The Packers continue to struggle to stop the run, giving up Tony Pollard and co. 159 yards on the ground. Rudy Ford was a pleasant surprise with two interceptions, both of which were followed by long returns. CeeDee Lamb gave Green Bay fits all day, but pass defense came into overtime with a stop in fourth and third with the Cowboys on the edge of field-goal range.

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Special teams: C-

We may have seen the last of Amari Rodgers returning after losing his fifth fumble of the season. The Packers also gave up a long kickoff return, and Mason Crosby wasn’t even close to a 54-yard field goal attempt.

Coaching: B+

Matt LaFleur has been too passive in his approach to the end of regulation. But he deserves credit for having a good offensive game plan and keeping this slumping team from sending it in despite trailing by 14 points in the fourth quarter.

Total:B

The must-win descriptor is used too often in esports, but this one was about as close as it gets. We’ll find out if the LaFleur team can build on that and we don’t have to wait long because next up is a game against Tennessee on Thursday.

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