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Morry Gash / Associated press
The Green Bay Packers continue to show they are some of the best teams in the NFC. Sunday afternoon, they did not play their best game. Still, they found a way to keep rolling.
Green Bay notched its sixth consecutive victory beating the Washington football team 24-10 at Lambeau Field. Aaron Rodgers had 274 yards and three touchdowns, one each in the first three quarters. Mason Crosby’s 39-yard field goal with 11 minutes and 21 seconds left extended the Packers’ lead to 17 points and sealed the victory.
Although Washington totaled 430 yards, he made a pair of turnovers and the Green Bay defense got saves when needed. At 6-1, the Packers have a 2.5-game lead over the rest of NFC North.
Here are three takeaways from Green Bay’s Week 7 win.
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Matt Ludtke / Associated press
The Packers offense is always at its best when Rodgers can use more than just wide receiver Davante Adams in the passing game. And while Adams put in a solid performance on Sunday (six catches for 76 yards and one touchdown), he wasn’t the only one making big plays for Green Bay.
Allen Lazard became the No. 2 wide receiver for the Packers, recording five passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, tight end Robert Tonyan had his best game of the season, scoring four receptions for 63 yards and one touchdown.
Tonyan hadn’t entered the end zone since Week 2 and he’s only managed six catches in Green Bay’s previous four games. Lazard has now scored a touchdown in two straight games after having none in the first four weeks of the season.
“It begins and ends with [Adams], but the more we can involve guys like Allen and Bobby, it’s going to slowly give [Adams] a few more one-on-one probably, ”said Rodgers, by Ryan Wood of Green Bay Gazette.
Rodgers completed 27 of his 35 passing attempts and had no interceptions. If other playmakers continue to excel, then more performances like this could be on the way for Rodgers and the Green Bay offense.
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Jeffrey Phelps / Associated press
In the first six weeks of the season, Green Bay’s defense in the red zone had not been good. Opposing teams had crossed the Packers 20-yard line 15 times, and those 15 possessions resulted in touchdowns.
When Washington came close to scoring multiple times on Sunday, the Packers’ defense cracked down. Of Washington’s four trips to the red zone, the first three didn’t score any points, and he was limited to a placement on the fourth. Those four saves came in the second half as Green Bay tried to hold onto the lead.
The Packers forced a pair of turnovers on drops in Washington’s first two red zone opportunities, while cornerback Chandon Sullivan intercepted quarterback Taylor Heinicke in the third.
“Everyone knows we struggled a bit in the red zone so that was definitely a point of importance coming up, making sure we can move that part of our game forward,” said the linebacker. Green Bay De’Vondre Campbell. , through Wes hodkiewicz from the official team website. “I think today was definitely a step in the right direction.”
After winning the majority of their games despite struggling in the red zone, the Packers could become even harder to beat if their defense can continue to perform so well late into opposing teams’ practices.
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Matt Ludtke / Associated press
The Packers’ surprising 38-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 is long a thing of the past. Their six-game winning streak has further cemented their place among the NFC’s top teams this year. It was their first 10+ point win since Week 2, so they also showed an ability to win close matches.
Now Green Bay is entering a more difficult part of its schedule. He’s got a quick turnaround for Week 8, as he hits the road Thursday night to face the Arizona Cardinals 7-0, who are the only undefeated team in the NFL. After that, the Packers will face the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Rams before their Week 13 recess.
While the Chiefs and Seahawks are underperforming, they could still turn things around. The Vikings are second in the NFC North at 3-3 and all division games matter, while the Rams are one of the best teams in the NFL at 6-1.
Because Green Bay played so well, he has a good cushion with his NFC North lead. But that stretch might give a better idea of how the Packers stack up against some solid teams, especially the Cardinals.
If Green Bay can knock down Arizona on the road, it would be a huge statement that this team is ready for a deep playoff run.