This section of the article could very well be one sentence: The Packers, one of the best offenses in football, had absolutely no answer for the Chargers’ defense. It is as simple as that.
The typically lethal Rodgers finished with a QBR of 14. The normally unstoppable Aaron Jones finished with 29 total yards. And albeit returning from injury, the elite Davante Adams ended the contest with 41 yards on seven receptions.
To not only limit, but almost completely nullify the big three weapons in a top-five NFL offense is absolutely incredible. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram couldn’t be stopped and the constant pressure provided by the pass-rushing duo allowed a banged-up secondary to appear locked down.
Simply put, the defense was absolutely dominant and if you are not simply jittery with excitement in regards to this unit’s potency when Derwin James and Adrian Phillips return, well you might just need your heart checked.
One last note on the D, the performances of linebackers Denzel Perryman and Thomas Davis should not go underappreciated. Pro Football Focus gave Perryman and Davis grades of 81.4 and 77.0, respectively, second and third only to Bosa.
Perryman led the team in tackles with five on only 22 snaps before going down with an injury. This game was evidence that general manager Tom Telesco’s offseason plan that saw these two men starting on this defense was not as foolish as the beginning of the year may have led fans to believe.
If they can stay healthy and continue to perform at this caliber, an IF the size of Ingram’s forehead, they will man the second level of a very, very fearsome defense.