The Green Bay Packers got terrific performances from several players in the passing game and a couple of huge plays from Kenny Clark to help beat the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
Dontayvion Wicks had a career-high 91 receiving yards, Jayden Reed added 92 total yards, Romeo Doubs caught the go-ahead touchdown late and Clark slammed the door with a batted pass on fourth down.
Based on grades from Pro Football Focus, here are the best and worst players from the Packers’ Week 11 win over the Chargers.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Dontayvion Wicks (13) makes a 35-yard reception during the fourth quarter of their game Sunday, November 19, 2023 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Green Bay Packers beat the Los Angeles Chargers 23-20.
1. WR Dontayvion Wicks: 76.1
2. LT Rasheed Walker: 73.5
3. RT Zach Tom: 72.6
4. WR Romeo Doubs: 71.9
5. RB AJ Dillon: 69.3
Wicks produced 91 receiving yards and drew a crucial defensive pass interference penalty on just 15 routes run. He did have a drop, but he otherwise produced three first downs on catches over 20 yards and forced four missed tackles. Walker gave up one pressure (sack) over 28 pass-blocking snaps. Tom allowed just one rush over 44 pass-blocking snaps. Doubs caught five of his six targets, made a contested catch and had a 143.1 passer rating when targeted. Dillon caught four targets and gained 34 yards after first contact.
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1. DL Kenny Clark: 89.8
2. DL Karl Brooks: 81.0
3. CB Corey Ballentine: 71.5
4. OLB Kingsley Enagbare: 67.0
5. S Anthony Johnson Jr.: 62.6
Clark had a team-high six hurries, plus a crucial forced fumble in the red zone and the game-ending batted pass over 49 total snaps. Brooks delivered a sack and a hurry over 19 pass-rushing snaps and held up well against the run. Ballentine gave up just one catch for 17 yards on four targets into his coverage and made four tackles without a miss. Enagbare had a hurry and a tackle for loss over 22 snaps. Johnson Jr. didn’t give up a single catch over 64 total snaps.
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 19: Jordan Love #10 of the Green Bay Packers is stripped of the ball by Khalil Mack #52 of the Los Angeles Chargers during a game at Lambeau Field on November 19, 2023 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Chargers 23-20. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
1. RG Sean Ryan: 43.4
2nd RB Aaron Jones: 46.4
3. LT Yosh Nijman: 52.1
4. YOU Ben Sims: 53.6
5. WR Malik Heath: 56.1
Rhyan gave up a hurry on just four pass-blocking snaps. Jones dropped another pass and had just 17 total yards on five touches. Nijman gave up three pressures, including a sack, and had a penalty over 31 snaps at left tackle. Sims graded out below average as a blocker. Heath got dinged big for his one pass-blocking snap, which resulted in a quarterback hit.
Los Angeles Chargers tight end Stone Smartt 84) breaks away from Green Bay Packers safety Jonathan Owens (34) for a touchdown reception during their football game Sunday, November 19, 2023, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.
1. S Jonathan Owens: 40.5
2. LB De’Vondre Campbell: 44.1
3. DL TJ Slaton: 45.4
4. LB Isaiah McDuffie: 45.8
5. DL Devonte Wyatt: 45.8
Owens missed a tackle on the 51-yard touchdown and also gave up four catches and a touchdown in coverage. Campbell missed two tackles and gave up two catches; he earned poor grades across the board. Slaton missed a tackle and got a poor run defense grade despite making one stop. McDuffie missed a tackle and gave up a first-down catch. Wyatt had two pressures but missed two tackles; finishing continues to be a big issue.
Green Bay Packers place kicker Anders Carlson (17) misses an extra point during the third quarter of their game Sunday, November 19, 2023 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Green Bay Packers beat the Los Angeles Chargers 23-20.
Dallin Leavitt was penalized twice on the opening kickoff and earned the lowest special teams grade. Malik Heath led the way with two special teams tackles, while Benny Sapp III and Zayne Anderson each had one. Anderson also had the only missed tackle. Anders Carlson missed a 52-yard field goal and an extra point, while Daniel Whelan had two punts inside the 20 and a touchback. His net punting average was 41.8.
Jordan Love: 65.5
Love completed 73 percent of his passes from clean pockets, had two big-time throws, hit two passes traveling over 20 yards in the air and averaged 2.43 seconds to throw against the Chargers. He did fumble, creating a turnover-worthy play that dinged his grade. A few misses likely took down the grade further. Love’s adjusted completion percentage was 80.8.
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 19: Jayden Reed #11 of the Green Bay Packers reacts in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at Lambeau Field on November 19, 2023 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
The Packers gained 198 yards and forced 10 missed tackles after the catch in the passing game. Four different players — Dontayvion Wicks (49), AJ Dillon (34), Tucker Kraft (27) and Jayden Reed (26) — had 20 or more yards after the catch. Wicks (4), Dillon (2) and Reed (2) had multiple missed tackles forced. Jordan Love was a distributor of his weapons, and the young playmakers made plenty of plays for the quarterback.
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