Stat Pack: Packers' line gets it done

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Three statistical takeaways from the Packers’ 30-20 victory Sunday over the Raiders, with an assist from Thomas Maney’s report for PFF:

1. The Packers’ offensive line did a superb job in pass protection against a Raiders rush that featured NFL sacks leader Khalil Mack. After Mack beat right tackle Bryan Bulaga for an early sack, he wasn’t much of a factor afterward. Bulaga’s overall grade (-2.0) took a hit for that sack, but given that he was left to go one-on-one with Mack much of the way, he had a strong showing. Left tackle David Bakhtiari (+4.3) was impressive before leaving late with an ankle injury, and guards Josh Sitton (+2.2) and T.J. Lang (+1.3) also stood out.

2. Other than the linemen, wide receiver Randall Cobb had the highest overall grade (+1.3) of any Packers offensive player, primarily for his contributions to the running game.  Of his 65 snaps, four were spent as a ball carrier (gaining 18 yards) and 17 as a run blocker. He was the only Packers back to receive a positive rushing grade (+0.7), bettering Eddie Lacy (-0.8), James Starks  (-0.8) and John Kuhn (-0.4).

3. While much was made of rookie Amari Cooper’s big day (six catches for 120 yards and 2 TDs), the Packers secondary fared well against Oakland’s potent passing attack. Safety Morgan Burnett (+2.8) was credited with seven tackles, three pass defenses, two run stops and three quarterback hurries. Rookie cornerback Quinten Rollins (+2.6) was nearly as good with five tackles and two defensive stops. Micah Hyde (+1.6) had a positive day with an interception that set up Green Bay’s first touchdown, and even Damarious Randall — who was burned often by Cooper — held his own with a pick-6 and a respectable overall grade (minus-0.9).

Green Bay Packers tackle JC Tretter (73), playing center for the injured Corey Linsley, calls out blocking assignments at the line of scrimmage against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum.
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