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QB Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers

6-2, 220Born: 12-2-1983College: CaliforniaDrafted: Round 1, pick 24

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Rodgers is making it look way too easy the last two weeks, basically hanging up his cleats by halftime. He is the most valuable QB in fantasy football by a good margin right now.

Week 12: at Minnesota Vikings

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Green Bay blasted the Vikings 42-10 back in Week 5 - Aaron Rodgers threw TD passes to all three of his top wide receivers (three targets for 1/66/1 receiving for Jordy Nelson; four for 3/34/1 for Randall Cobb; four for 1/11/1 flowing to Davante Adams), and then watched Eddie Lacy seal the deal with two third-quarter TD rushes (after which the first team sat out and Matt Flynn led the Packers the rest of the way to an easy blowout win). A lot of NFL teams have received the Rodgers/Nelson/Cobb/Adams/Flynn-in-late treatment this season - most recently, they bombed Philadelphia 53-20 with 24/38 for 365 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown. Cobb led the team in receiving with 13 targets for 10/129/0 receiving, while Nelson handled 10 targets for 4/109/1, followed by Eddie Lacy (four for 3/45/1). Adams also notched another TD with two targets for 2/13/1 receiving. It's all good for the Packers in this phase of the game, folks. The Vikings' pass D is ranked eighth in the NFL averaging 225.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 17 passing TDs given up vs. 10 interceptions (tied for tenth in the NFL) and 30 sacks recorded to date (tied-third). Jay Cutler had his way with this group last week, though, throwing 31/43 for 330 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions (zero sacks taken), while Robert Griffin III was sacked five times for -25 yards two games ago en route to 18/28 for 225 net yards passing, one TD thrown and one interception given up. Green Bay's offense is on a roll, while the Vikings' secondary got burned last week - advantage, Green Bay.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at NO 28 39 418 1 2 2 21 1 0
10 vs CHI 18 27 315 6 0 0 0 0 0
11 vs PHI 22 36 341 3 0 3 32 0 0
12 at MIN 19 29 209 2 0 6 34 0 0
12 at MIN PROJ-Dodds 24 35 * * * 3 * * *
12 at MIN PROJ-Tremblay 21 33 * * * 2 * * *
12 at MIN PROJ-Bloom 23 33 * * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs CHI (18 / 27 / 315 / 6 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

What many quarterbacks would call a fantastic game, Aaron Rodgers managed in one half. By the end of the second quarter, Rodgers had thrown for all 315 of his yards and all six of his touchdowns. After three incomplete passes in the third quarter, the Packers wisely removed him from the game so he wouldn't get hurt. When he was in the game, he was surgical, picking apart the Bears secondary from all over the field, with two of his touchdowns from long range--one a 73 yard score and the other from 40 yards, both to Jordy Nelson. Rodgers did benefit from great play by his offensive line, which didn't allow one sack and rarely let the defensive line pressure Rodgers. That afforded Rodgers time to wait for his receivers to get open, as Nelson did on his 73-yard touchdown. On the play, Rodgers had plenty of time and Nelson slipped past the cornerback, who seemed to think he had safety help over the top. The result was blown coverage and a wide open Nelson, who made an easy catch and then outmaneuvered the safety as he ran the last 30 yards for the touchdown. The copious amount of time also gave him enough space to hit Nelson again on the 40-yard touchdown, as he had time to scramble to his right and Nelson again broke free while the safety failed to recognize the play and react. Rodgers also had receivers who could turn short passes into long gains, as running back Eddie Lacy did in the second quarter. The pass from Rodgers was just a short dump pass to Lacy, but the running back turned upfield. He had excellent blocking in front of him, allowing him to gain a ton of yards before having to cut back across the field and then into the end zone. This was a great day for Rodgers, who maximized the advantage his offensive line was offering him.

2014 Week 11 vs PHI (22 / 36 / 341 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 32 / 0 rush)

As has been the case for both of the last two weeks, Aaron Rodgers was surgical early in the game. The Eagles defense was unable to cover his receivers, get pressure on Rodgers or generally slow the offense down very often. Only when the field got shorter in the red zone did they stop the bombardment and then really only on the first drive. Rodgers threw for three or more touchdowns for the seventh time this year, the first of which looked rather pedestrian by his standards--a slant to Davante Adams which the rookie muscled across the goal line. His touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson was more like what we've come to expect, with Rodgers dropping the ball in perfect placement for Nelson as the receiver crossed the goal line. You really can't throw the ball better than that. His third touchdown, while a nice dump pass, was really about running back Eddie Lacy willing himself across the goal line to cap a 30 yard run after the catch. That's not to take anything away from Rodgers though, who looked as sharp when he was pulled for Matt Flynn late in the fourth quarter.


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