The Green Bay Packers accomplished one thing they wanted last night, it was claiming home field advantage.
After beating the Oakland Raiders 46-16 at Lambeau Field Dec. 11 the Packers now will be playing at home throughout the playoffs which was one of their goals coming into the regular season.
While the Packers did not get the offensive performance from quarterback Aaron Rodgers they have been accustomed to this season, they still dominated the Raiders by putting up 28 points and getting into field goal range four times allowing kicker Mason Crosby to convert on all four attempts, totally 40 points scored by the offense.
There are two big things to take away from the game against the Raiders.
First, the Packers defense is still improving. The defense last night was at its best this season and the main reason was because they had a pass rush. The Packers were applying pressure on Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer all game long and forced him to throw four interceptions. While the interceptions are not something the Packers defense is not used to seeing, it was the fact they came from constant pressure that was surprising.
The second thing to take away from the game, is wide receiver Greg Jennings. While the Packers have showed they have enough weapons on offense, the big story is Jennings health. There is not much out at the moment about his injury, but it will be something to watch for throughout this week. Jennings is too special of a player to lose for a long period of time and will no doubt have an affect on the offense should this be the case.
So, the Packers played their best all-around football game to get to 13-0. The question is when will they put it all together in the same game? Things are looking like they are coming together for the Packers, so it will be interesting to see what they plan to do these next few weeks. Case perfection, or get some rest?
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Written by Noah Hanstedt
Born and raised in the small town of Neenah, WI. Grew up watching Green Bay Packers football with my late father. Been writing about sports for 5 years now and hope to continue becoming a stronger writer and an even better man.