What We Saw: Week 14

The QB List staff catches you up on everything you missed during Week 14 of the 2020 NFL season.

Packers @ Lions

 

Aaron Rodgers continued his hopes for MVP on Sunday in a 31-24 win over the Detroit Lions. It was the same formula for Green Bay with Rodgers finding Adams for a touchdown in the 8th straight game, while the Lions were able to keep pace on offense until Matthew Stafford took a shot to his ribs which knocked him out of the game. With this win, the Packers clinched another NFC North division title and overtook the Saints, as the current #1 seed in the NFC.

 

Green Bay Packers

 

Quarterback

 

Aaron Rodgers: 26/33, 290 yards, 3 TDs, | 6 carries, 13 yards, 1 TD

 

Aaron Rodgers once again had an MVP caliber performance on Sunday, with the offensive line creating plenty of time for him to move the ball and find the open receiver. While he did run for one touchdown, his three touchdown passes including a long catch and run to Davante Adams, a beautiful pass at the goal line to Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and an out pass to Robert Tonyan. With the time given to him from the protection by his offensive line, Rodgers effectively kept drives going and was able t use his legs to move around and escape the pocket when needed, adding to his very effective afternoon.

 

 

Running Backs

 

Aaron Jones: 15 carries, 69 yards | 3 targets, 2 receptions, 6 yards

Jamaal Williams: 10 carries, 38 yards

 

With the success of the offensive line mentioned before, came a combined success for the Green Bay backfield split between Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. While Aaron Jones was the better runner on Sunday, there was a definite split in the backfield with Jamaal Williams spending several drives on the field and mixed into the carries, to an almost 50/50 split.

 

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

 

Davante Adams: 10 targets, 7 receptions, 115 yards, 1 TD

Marquez Valdes-Scantling: 6 targets, 6 receptions, 85 yards, 1 TD

Robert Tonyan: 5 targets, 5 receptions, 36 yards, 1 TD

Allen Lazard: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 19 yards

 

There is not much more that can be said to describe the run that Davante Adams is on. It is clear that there is incredible chemistry between the two and Rodgers will always look his way in key situations. Adams impressed on a long 56-yard catch and run to the endzone for a touchdown in the 8th straight game.

 

 

With the Packers easing Allen Lazard back from his injury, Marquez Valdes-Scantling has emerged and become a target who Rodgers has continued to gain trust in. Among this growth in trust came a redzone reception for a touchdown on a great pass and catch between the two.

 

 

Among the growth in trust, is a trust in Robert Tonyan down at the goalline for touchdowns. Once again, Tonyan found his way into the endzone on an out route down at the goalline on third and goal. With Lazard slowly getting eased back in, Robert Tonyan has emerged as an important piece down at the goalline from Rodgers to put points on the board.

 

 

Detroit Lions

 

Quarterback

 

Matthew Stafford: 24/34, 244 yards, 1 TD,  4 sacks | 1 carry, 6 yards

 

Matthew Stafford took an absolute beating on Sunday, with the Packers’ defense getting to him many timers and giving him hard shots. Unfortunately, one of those shots at the goal line would send him back to the locker room and force Chase Daniel to come into the game in the 4th quarter. When he was in the game though, even with those shots Stafford looked like his usual self including a quick pass at the goal line to T.J. Hockenson for a touchdown. We are yet to hear how serious the injury is, so stay tuned to the news on that.

 

Running Backs

 

D’Andre Swift: 7 carries, 24 yards, 1 TD | 5 targets, 4 receptions, 26 yards

Adrian Peterson: 4 carries, 7 yards | 1 target, 1 reception, 23 yards

Kerryon Johnson: 2 carries, 3 yards, 1 TD | 1 target, 1 reception, 10 yards

 

D’Andre Swift made his return to the Lions lineup after his concussion issues and was eased back in as the Lions mixed in each of their backs. He slowly started to pick up steam and look a bit like his usual self including a goalline touch for the touchdown. While Adrian Peterson came in for a few snaps here and there it was Kerryon Johnson who made it into the endzone as well for a vultured touchdown in the 4th quarter.

 

 

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

 

T.J. Hockenson: 11 targets, 6 receptions, 43 yards, 1 TD

Marvin Jones Jr.: 8 targets, 4 receptions, 48 yards

Danny Amendola: 7 targets, 6 receptions, 66 yards

Mohamed Sanu Jr.: 2 targets, 2 receptions, 37 yards

 

With T.J. Hockenson catching a touchdown down at the goal line, he was the pass option that Stafford looked to in key situations in converting third downs and down in the red zone. The most impressive wide receiver on the other hand was still Marvin Jones, whose numbers should have been even better with a catch down at the goal line that was ruled as an incomplete pass even after instant replay. Jones was also the receiver who Chase Daniel keyed in on when he came in to relieve Stafford late in the 4th quarter. Continuing on, Danny Amendola had a successful game extending drives especially with Stafford at the helm, as a shorter route guy, taking off for some yards after the catch.

 

— Callen Elslager (@callen_elslager on Twitter and Reddit)

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