Packers 42 Saints 34
The 2011 NFL season is here and started as many would have hoped, with a planet-eviscerating bang. The Packers offense looked sharp and the defense looked, well, like most defenses that have to try to stop Drew Brees.
Bob McGinn noted some important stats from the game that I thought I'd relay. The wide-receiver snaps-played breakdown was...
Jennings - 52
Finley - 51 (29 isolated or lined up wide, 13 in-line, 9 in backfield/wing)
Driver - 44
Jones - 19
Cobb - 7
Obviously one game is a very small sample size, but it gives you an idea as to the initial depth chart ranks for each as these are snaps played, not targets.
Rodgers was blitzed about 60% of the time and ran from the shotgun 61% of the time, not coming even close to throwing an interception. Bulaga and Sitton didn't allow a QB pressure, much less a sack all night despite the heavy blitz percentages. It seems like the right side of the offensive line is going to be unbelievably solid for years to come.
Starks played 43 snaps to Grant's 16. I wonder who's going to be the starting running back the rest of the season?
The defense was a mess, but Raji played 92% of the snaps (70 of 76) all but four defensive snaps were played in the two defensive lineman "nickel" formation. They played 1 down of 3-4 and 3 downs of the "hippo" 4-4 with Howie Greene.
Jarius Wynn clearly saw more time (32 plays) than CJ Wilson (6). Wynn played well and we'll probably continue to see more of him if Mike Neal keeps up his Justin Harrell impersonation. Wynn, Walden, and Hawk/Bush combined for the 3 sacks.
Matthews was assigned one blocker 23 times, double-teamed 13 times, dropped into coverage 9 times and ran stunts 6 times in all 51 of Brees' dropbacks. Again, Mike Neal needs to get healthy or Matthews will continue to create sacks for other players by drawing the opposing offense's left tackle or regular double teams. Matthews was a fucking terror against Mike Vick twice last year, so I think he'll thrive in next week's matchup against the poor man's Eagles in Carolina.
Beyond that, Morgan Burnett lead the team with 14 tackles, Bishop wasn't far behind with 12.
Injury reports aren't due until tomorrow so we'll hear then as to the extent of Williams' shoulder injury, but initial reports were that it was nothing terribly serious.