QB Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers
|6-2, 220||Born: 12-2-1983||College: California||Drafted: Round 1, pick 24|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 5): Rodgers was slowed by weather and a hamstring injury, but he still managed a better fantasy afternoon than any of the other three quarterbacks playing in the snow. That's not much solace with Seattle heading to Green Bay this week and Minnesota in Week 16. Rodgers got you to the playoffs, but he might not win you the title.
Week 14: vs Seattle Seahawks
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Despite snowy conditions last week, Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a 21-13 win over Houston, throwing 20/30 for 209 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown (with one sack taken for -9 yards). He relied on favorites Jordy Nelson (10 targets for 8/118/1 receiving) and Randall Cobb (three for 3/19/1) to pull in the TDs - Davante Adams saw seven targets (second on the team last week) but struggled with just 1/17/0 receiving (his worst game of the year). The Seahawks lead the NFL allowing just 16.2 points per game - something to keep in mind when setting lineups this week. Seattle just lost free safety Earl Thomas (broken leg) for the season, but they held Carolina to seven points and 14/33 for 182 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown last weekend - this after they gave up 21/28 for 220 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown, with zero sacks of Jameis Winston two weeks ago. To date, Seattle is ranked ninth i the NFL averaging 231.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with 11 passing scores (second-least in the NFL) allowed vs. 11 interceptions (tied for eighth in the NFL) and 31 sacks (tied for fourth) generated. From Week 10 to Week 13 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Seattle has averaged 16.3 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (third-least in the NFL); and 19.6 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (12th-least); with 9.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (10th-most). This is a tough matchup for any NFL passing offense this year.
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2016 Week 13 vs HOU (20 / 30 / 209 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)
The Packers had really good field position early on, but couldn't take advantage. On the 2-yard line, Aaron Rodgers fumbled the ball on the exchange, moving too quickly and not securing the ball. Luckily the Houston Texans were equally inept and never capitalized. While Rodgers wasn't fantastic, he avoided any other big mistakes whether he was under pressure or not. He didn't look as nimble as he normally does when escaping the pocket, but it might have been the slippery conditions, which also hampered the passing game at points. The Texans' much vaunted defense was mostly a no-show, and they only blitzed him about five times, which allowed Rodgers plenty of time to find targets even if those were often short-range. Rodgers most frequently hooked up with Jordy Nelson, but he scored with Randall Cobb as well. Nelson was especially adept at finding open space to get to so Rodgers had as easy a throw as possible and that was the case on Nelson's touchdown. The score came on a deep pass early in the fourth quarter with the two teams tied at 7. On the play, a 2nd and 10 on the Houston 32-yard line. Rodgers had five whole seconds to throw the ball, and in that time the defender covering Nelson fell, leaving him wide open. Cobb's touchdown happened in the second quarter, on a 2nd and 6 at the 9-yard line. Rodgers escaped pressure, gingerly moving across the snowy turf and always looking in the end zone for the big play. Cobb was crossing towards the same side of the end zone, and had a step on the defender.
2016 Week 12 vs PHI (30 / 39 / 313 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 26 / 0 rush)
Maybe Rodgers should have grown out the beard a bit sooner. His performance on Monday night was one of the best of the season, completing 76.9 percent of his passes, and getting a quarterback rating of 116.7, the highest since the team lost to the Falcons in Week 8. Rodgers was poised and appeared to have more trust in his receivers than he has had in weeks, and he dissected the Eagles defense throughout the game. His touchdowns were both thrown to Davante Adams, who has emerged as a reliable threat for Rodgers during the latter half of the season. The first was a perfect strike on a slant onto the end zone, which Rodgers hit Adams in stride for. The second was a combination of tremendous accuracy and a little luck. On the play, Adams ran down the sideline into the end zone, and was well covered by the defender. Rodgers' throw should have been blocked at least by cornerback Nolan Carroll, but the ball slipped through and Adams made a great catch, showing focus as the ball went past the defender. When things bounce right for you, though, they bounce right all the time and this definitely was a break in the Packers favor. It was that kind of night for Rodgers, one where it seemed as if he could do no wrong.
2016 Week 11 vs WAS (26 / 41 / 351 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 33 / 0 rush)
There are times when Rodgers continues to look like a future Hall of Famer, and times when he looks like he can't make up his mind whether to throw the ball or take a nap. Despite his statistical production over the last few games, Rodgers doesn't look right. He too often misses players who are wide open, opting to throw the ball into tighter windows than he needs to and seems to have lost trust in many of his more consistent targets like Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. There were numerous times where Nelson was open Sunday night, yet Rodgers looked elsewhere. The result is an offense which is disjointed, and inconsistent. On the plus side, even half an Aaron Rodgers is better than 99 percent of the players at the position, and he succeeds when other quarterbacks might fall apart. He's also carrying the weight of a defense which has allowed 40 plus points in back to back games.
2016 Week 10 vs TEN (31 / 51 / 371 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 27 / 1 rush)
Green Bay fell well behind in the first quarter and essentially the rest of the game was garbage time. As much as the defense suffered a total collapse, the offense exploded on the launching pad as well. Rodgers' first pass was behind Randall Cobb and incomplete. On the next pass, Cobb fell down on his route. After a completed pass for a first to Jordy Nelson, Rodgers tried to hit Nelson again but threw a poor pass which fell incomplete. Rodgers was then sacked and fumbled the ball, which one of his lineman recovered. On their second offensive series, Rodgers overthrew Nelson, and then was sacked. Rodgers was constantly under pressure and it seemed very likely that it was rattling him at least a little. Once the Titans were well ahead, they didn't bring pressure as much and Rodgers had more luck getting to his receivers. His interception, which came in the fourth quarter and was especially brutal, happened when he tried to go deep for a hail mary and overthrew his receivers. He missed running back James Starks wide open short, but he was looking to make the first down and had to make up 19 yards. Overall, this was a shaky game for Rodgers and his offense despite numbers that might make it appear everything worked.
2016 Week 9 vs IND (26 / 43 / 297 / 3 / 1 pass, 6 / 43 / 0 rush)
Rodgers had his usual solid day, extending plays with his legs, and connecting with his receivers when they got open. There are still some overthrows and missed opportunities, but considering the injuries to the receivers--this week it was Randall Cobb who had a special guest appearance--and a complete inability for them to gain separation, he played well. Rodgers threw three touchdowns and all three were vintage Rodgers. The first one came with just one second left in the first quarter, when Rodgers used a hard count to draw the Colts offsides. With a free play, Rodgers spotted Jordy Nelson running downfield and heading for the end zone. Rodgers threw a somewhat risky pass given the defender who was right there, but Nelson wrested the ball away for the touchdown. The second touchdown was a laser pass to Davante Adams on a slant route in the end zone. On the last passing touchdown, Rodgers had excellent protection and took his time scanning the field. He saw Randall Cobb crossing the back of the end zone and threw a perfectly placed pass where only his receiver would get it while trailing two defenders. Rodgers interception was perhaps the result of a little too much confidence as either Rodgers didn't see the safety deep when he threw at Adams on a post pattern, or he thought he could thread the needle and beat the safety with a pass. He did not, and the result was a pick.
2016 Week 8 vs ATL (28 / 38 / 246 / 4 / 0 pass, 6 / 60 / 0 rush)
Rodgers came into the game missing his entire backfield, Randall Cobb and his "slash" Ty Montgomery. Clearly that didn't hold him back and in the first half he torched the Atlanta Falcons, completing 17 of 21 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns. He slowed way down in the second half, though, throwing for only 70 yards and one touchdown as the Falcons defense adjusted. He did complete 11 of 17 passes, though, and remained very accurate throughout the game, until the very last pass, which fell very short and incomplete. Rodgers also seemed to find Jordy Nelson for the first time in weeks including on a 58 yard pass Rodgers dropped on a dime on his second throw of the game. On the touchdown a few plays later, Nelson ran a shallow crossing route and no linebackers picked him up, so he was wide open for Rodgers' pass. However, like the rest of the passing offense, that connection seemed to stall out in the second half, and Nelson was only targeted twice in the third and fourth quarter. That was when the Packers tried to run more - 11 times in the second half compared to 8 on the first. The Packers also seemed to get into a playcalling rut, relying heavily on screen passes to Davante Adams which, after a while, the Falcons had no problem sniffing out and shutting down. The Falcons also did a really good job of covering Rodgers' receivers after the first half, and he had a difficult time finding the open targets he had in the first two quarters.
2016 Week 7 vs CHI (39 / 56 / 326 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Rodgers had a much improved game against the Chicago Bears, with a game plan that often got the ball out of the quarterback's hand quickly and spread passes around to nearly all the receivers. Rodgers and receiver Jordy Nelson continue to be on different pages, but the often as a whole looked much better. Some of that could be a result of facing a poor Chicago defense, but looking at it, the plan seemed to be to have him throw shorter passes. Rodgers didn't have to overthink each play--he just found the guy open and let it rip. He did cough up a fumble early in the third quarter which the Bears returned for a touchdown, but that appeared to be the result of some very good coverage by Chicago as much as anything Rodgers did. He also threw for three touchdowns in the second half, two to Davante Adams featuring some awful coverage by the Bears on the second one. On that play, the Packers were spread out with an empty backfield. Adams was on the far left and ran a post slant into the end zone while receiver Ty Montgomery ran a short out to the goal line. Both Bears defenders stayed on Montgomery while Adams ran towards the post and was wide open for the score. On the whole this offense looked much better than it had in weeks and Rodgers played the best game we have seen all year.
2016 Week 6 vs DAL (31 / 42 / 294 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
It's hard to say exactly what is going on with Aaron Rodgers, but the game against the Dallas Cowboys does make it seem like it's his issue, not his receivers. Rodgers struggled to hook up with them, throwing behind them quite often and generally looking uncomfortable. The entire offense continues to look off, and it's hard not to suspect it's something with Rodgers given the nature of his misses. Pro Football Focus had Rodgers as their lowest rated offensive player on the Packers and even if you take their grades with a grain of salt--and you should--it's clear the quarterback is off his game. Rodgers' touchdown came at the end of a drive long after the game was really out of control, with the Packers trailing 27-9 with seven minutes to go in the game. On the play, Randall Cobb ran a short route out to the flat, where Rodgers delivered the ball to him. Dallas didn't shift over quickly enough, and Cobb easily scored. According to the broadcast, it was the first passing touchdown in the second half of a game this season. Rodgers' interception was bad but the quarterback's lowest point was a terrible fumble at the one yard line in the third quarter. "Only" down 20-6, Rodgers and the offense went with an empty backfield, spreading out the defense with five wide receivers. The linebackers stayed in the middle of the field though, and so when Rodgers immediately dropped the football down and ran, Dallas defenders were everywhere. The Cowboys did a great job stripping the ball and recovering it. Back to his interception, Rodgers did a horrible job both reading the field and delivering the ball. On the play, safety Barry Church was supposed to cover the tight end, but as he told the team website, when the tight end stayed in to block, he was able to freelance. "I drifted to Jordy (Nelson) because I felt like he was going to come back on a comeback, but once I saw (Randall) Cobb coming on the over, I kind of hid low and hoped (Rodgers) wouldn't see me and he didn't." Rodgers should have seen him though, and never looked to his left and so missed Church lying in wait.
2016 Week 5 vs NYG (23 / 45 / 259 / 2 / 2 pass, 5 / 15 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers threw a lot and struggled a lot in an uncharacteristically sloppy performance, especially at home. The Packers seem to refuse to run the ball, even with a lead. Rodgers threw 28 times in the first half, compared to 17 run plays (which included two Rodgers scrambled). That ratio didn't improve when Eddie Lacy left the game with an injury, ending with 45 total passes compared to 32 run plays. That being said, the offensive line gave Rodgers an immense amount of time and he still had too many poor throws. He dropped back 50 times total, but according to Pro Football Focus's game grades, he was only pressured seven times and he averaged 3.28 seconds allowed to throw the ball. PFF says the longer he had to throw, though, the worse the passes were- something which is clear on film as well. Both of Rodgers' touchdowns were peak Rodgers though, with one thrown into the end zone where a diving Jordy Nelson was the only one who could catch it and the other a perfectly thrown ball which dropped right in DaVante Adams' hands. Both of his picks came at the hands of Janoris Jenkins, the cornerback who Rodgers picked on quite a bit throughout the game. The first interception wasn't really Rodgers fault, as it came off the hands of Jordy Nelson, who should have hauled it in as he crossed the field. The second interception was just a bad throw by Rodgers, who was scrambling and really just trying to get rid of the ball. He threw it very low but not low enough to avoid Jenkins as he hopped in from of DaVante Adams and picked it off.
2016 Week 3 vs DET (15 / 24 / 205 / 4 / 0 pass, 5 / 22 / 0 rush)
As happens far too often, the Green Bay Packers--and Aaron Rodgers--got off to a hot start and then took their foot off the accelerator, making things much more closer than they needed to be. Rodgers looked spectacular in the first half, throwing all four of his touchdowns during that span. Rodgers' first touchdown was to Davante Adams on a short slant. First, Rodgers barked out a couple of presnap shouts to discover who the Lions were rushing. Once he knew where the pressure was coming from, he snapped the ball and then hit Adams, who bulled his way into the end zone. The second touchdown came on a different sort of vintage Rodgers, as he scrambled away from pressure to buy time for Nelson to get free in the end zone. His third touchdown involved a bootleg and a short screen pass to last year's favorite Hail Mary target, Richard Rodgers, who was open in the flat. The final touchdown--and the second he threw to Nelson--came on a 3rd and 2 from the Lions' 18 yard line with under two minutes in the first half. Nelson was in single coverage and ran a nice corner route, getting separation on the defender. Rodgers threw a pretty pass right into the bucket for Nelson, who caught it easily for a score. The first six Packers drives in the half resulted in a score of some sort, but the second half only had one drive which resulted in a single field goal. Over the last two quarters of the game, Rodgers dropped back ten times, was sacked once, scrambled three times and threw six passes. The rest was a ground attack and the Lions grinding at the defense. Over all, Rodgers looked very good and seems to have gotten back on track, though it's hard to get excited when he does it against a bad secondary like Detroit's.
2016 Week 2 vs MIN (20 / 36 / 213 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 29 / 1 rush)
Things were shaky from the beginning for Rodgers, as he completed his first pass to Davante Adams, who promptly coughed the ball up. Luckily, the Vikings themselves fumbled after that and Randall Cobb recovered. It was that sort of day for Rodgers, though, when very little seemed to work out the way it was supposed to. He fumbled the ball three times, finally losing one in the fourth quarter, killing a critical drive. Rodgers would get the ball back shortly thereafter, driving the offense down to the Packers' own 45 yard line before getting picked off to end the game. On that play, it seems like Davante Adams went a bit too deep in his route and while he almost jumped backwards to get the ball, Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes slid underneath for the pick. It wasn't all bad for Rodgers, as he hit Jordy Nelson for a 1-yard touchdown and scrambled his way to a 10-yard score. Overall though, Rodgers seemed skittish and inaccurate, with passes sailing high and wide in a way which is not characteristic of Rodgers usual performance.
2016 Week 1 vs JAX (20 / 34 / 199 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 16 / 1 rush)
Rodgers seems much more relaxed as the season begins, despite some changes on the offensive line. He was only sacked once and overall the line did a nice job of giving him time to throw the ball. Of course, even when he doesn't have time, there's little you can do to stop him. Probably his best play was the 29-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams to end the first half. The pass itself was impressive--Rodgers put it perfectly where the defensive back wouldn't get it and only Adams could. What was even more impressive was that he did it with rookie defensive back Jalen Ramsey pulling on his jersey. And that was just one of his three touchdowns--he hit Jordy Nelson for a 6-yard touchdown as well and scrambled for a rushing touchdown of his own. Rodgers looked good and having all his weapons back and healthy seemed to make a huge difference.
Latest NewsPackers | Aaron Rodgers limited Thursday (Thu Dec 8, 07:15 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 8. Our View: We have some concerns about the snow but that didn't hurt him much last week. Right now, Rodgers is one of the better QB1 plays in Week 14 action.
Packers | Aaron Rodgers limited in practice (Wed Dec 7, 09:56 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 7. link to story Packers | Aaron Rodgers will be limited (Wed Dec 7, 02:54 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (hamstring) will be limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 7. link to story Packers | Aaron Rodgers grinds through injury (Sun Dec 4, 08:38 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (hamstring) completed 20 of his 30 pass attempts for 209 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 13 game against the Houston Texans. He also ran three times for 16 yards, battling through his hamstring issue and snowy conditions. link to story Packers | Aaron Rodgers to face Houston (Sun Dec 4, 11:56 AM) - Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (hamstring) will start Week 13's game against the Houston Texans. link to story More News
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