The Green Bay Packers came into this week’s game against the Denver Broncos favored to get the win. It wasn’t easy, as the Broncos put up a big fight, but they got the job done. Matt LaFleur and company have now moved to 3-0 on the young season and look like a legitimate contender in the NFC.
Here are the three biggest performances for the Packers from their big win over Denver.
3. Za’Darius Smith, Linebacker
First up, the Packers have been thrilled with the play of big free agency prize Za’Darius Smith. He has been a menace to opposing offensive lines throughout the first three games of the season and that was the case in a big way against the Broncos.
Smith was able to sack Joe Flacco twice throughout the game. His ability to get to the quarterback also forced quite a few missed throws. Having him on the edge has made the Packers a deadly pass-rushing threat and is a nice change of pace from what the team has had over the last couple of seasons.
2. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Wide Receiver
Aaron Rodgers usually looks to Davante Adams as the top wide receiver. That wasn’t the case this week, as second-year wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling stole the show. He had a lot of hype surrounding him coming into the season and he showed why this week against the Broncos.
Valdes-Scantling ended up catching six passes for 99 yards and a touchdown in the game. He made the highlight of the game for the Green Bay offense with a massive 40-yard touchdown catch on the first drive for the team. If he can continue this kind of production, the Packers will get things going soon offensively.
1. Preston Smith, Linebacker
Of course, the top performance could not go to anyone else but Preston Smith. The other big free agency acquisition for the Packers, Smith has joined his “brother” in terrorizing opposing quarterbacks this season.
Smith came through with a massive performance against the Broncos, sacking Flacco three times and racking up five total tackles. Having the two Smith’s has completely changed the Green Bay defense. Today’s performance showed why Brian Gutekunst handed them big money this offseason.