Green Bay, Wisconsin is dubbed Titletown for a reason, and the 2020 Packers are looking to add to that history. So, instead of giving away game balls each week, Packers WorldWide will be giving away Lombardi trophies to the top performers.
Offense Lombardi – Aaron Jones -RB
Jones had a few big lanes to run through, but his 116 yards after contact speaks to just how dynamic he was on Sunday afternoon. When Jones wasn’t breaking off big chunk plays, it seemed as if he was still able to fall forward for five yards. Jones’ 18 carries for 168 yards (9.3 ypc) and two touchdowns was an MVP performance worthy of a lucrative contract extension.
Offense Lombardi – Aaron Jones – WR
Jones gets two trophies this week because not only was he dominant in the run game, but he was also the Packers’ best WR. With Adams being sidelined with a hamstring, Jones picked up the slack in the passing game with a team-high eight targets. He was only able to haul in four of the eight targets, but even the misses seemed to pressure the defense vertically and opened up things in the middle of the field. Jones finished with a team-high 68 yards and one touchdown through the air.
Defense Lombardi – Rashan Gary – EDGE
With Kenny Clark sidelined, Za’darius Smith was forced to play the majority of the game on the interior. This shift allowed Gary to get an ample amount of opportunities as a primary edge rusher, and he did not disappoint. Gary had 1.5 sacks, two QB hits, and one TFL, but probably his most impactful play was not recorded on the stat sheet. His pressure on Matthew Stafford led to a game changing play from Chandon Sullivan.
Defense Lombardi – Chandon Sullivan – CB
Jaire Alexander and Kevin King have all but cemented themselves on the outside for years to come, but Sullivan is looking to join the duo as the primary slot CB after Tramon Williams’ exit. Early in the game Sullivan was beat a few times on 3rd down by Danny Amendola. It was fairly obvious that Sullivan was being targeted by Stafford, but Sullivan did not let his early struggles impact his performance and soon his dreary game turned into a heroic one. As mentioned before, Gary’s pressure caused a terrible decision from Stafford and Sullivan was waiting in the wings to make a stumbling, bumbling, diving, pick-six.
Special Teams Lombardi – JK Scott – P
3rd-year punter JK Scott was almost perfect on Sunday afternoon. His first punt went 45 yards and rolled out of bounds at the seven-yard line. This change of field position allowed the Packers to have great field position to score a touchdown before the end of the half. Scott’s second punt came after a sack pushed the Packers out of field goal range. It was a short punt, but Scott had it dialed in perfectly. Josh Jackson was right there to pin the ball at the one, but he failed to secure it before it went into the end zone. The Lions still had to start this possession at the 10-yard line due to an illegal hit from the Lions’ return man. Scotts’ last punt was a booming 54-yarder that again went out of bounds inside the 10-yard line. It may be dull to talk about a punter in a game you score 40, but performances like this from Scott down the stretch can really turn the tide of a close game.