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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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General News (Tue Oct 18): admitted that he and the offense have been "a little bit off," but he's confident that they'll get back on track soon.

Week 7: vs Chicago Bears

All QB vs CHI

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. This is one of the storied rivalries of the NFC, so look for a spirited battle between these NFC North teams on Thursday. The Packers' passing game got close to 300 yards last weekend, with 31/42 for 294 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown by Aaron Rodgers, and one sack taken for zero yards. Ty Montgomery, in a hybrid RB/WR role, handled 12 targets and led the team in receiving with 10/98/0, followed by Randall Cobb (11 targets for 7/53/1 receiving) and Jordy Nelson (seven for 5/68/0). Davante Adamas handled three targets for 2/34/0 but exited the game with what turned out to be a concussion. He didn't practice on Tuesday and with a short week to get ready for this Thursday Night game, it would be a surprise to see Adams playing this week. The Bears' secondary took some injury attrition, too, last weekend - cornerback Deiondre' Hall (ankle) was spotted with his right ankle in a cast following a Week Six loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is considered week-to-week after it was revealed he did not suffer a fracture and will not require surgery. Cornerback Tracy Porter emerged from the game with a knee injury and both he and Hall missed the team practice on Tuesday for the upcoming Thursday game. Last week in the game, Chicago gave up 20/33 for 263 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown to Blake Bortles and company (with two sacks for -8 yards). Two weeks ago Andrew Luck threw 28/39 for 298 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with five sacks taken for -24 yards while facing Chicago. They are not a shut-down secondary, as you can see - right now, the Bears average 233.5 net passing yards allowed per game (10th in the NFL) but they have been far beyond that mark in recent weeks. From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Chicago has averaged 17.5 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (seventh-least in the NFL); and 24.2 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (14th-most); with 6.3 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (13th-least). This is a mediocre pass defense as of Week Seven. This looks like a good matchup for the home-team Packers. Also, Lacy is banged up (he might not play) and the rushing matchup isn't great, so the Packers' offense will likely lean on Rodgers' passing arm in this one.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs DET 54 15 24 205 4 0 5 22 0 0 28.45
5 vs NYG 80 23 45 259 2 2 5 15 0 0 20.45
6 vs DAL 70 31 42 294 1 1 3 7 0 1 16.4
7 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds * 23 35 * * * 4 * * * *
7 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 21 34 * * * 4 * * * *
7 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom * 26 39 * * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 News

Packers | Aaron Rodgers flashes vintage fantasy form (Thu Oct 20, 11:43 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers went 39-of-56 for 326 yards and three touchdowns in a Week 7 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Our View: Rodgers needed huge volume to put up a strong fantasy line, but there's no reason to think that he can't do this every week. Next week against the Falcons promises to be another pass-happy game for Rodgers. His value is on the rise.
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Packers | Aaron Rodgers has owned the Bears (Tue Oct 18, 08:58 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is 12-4 against the Chicago Bears in his career. In those 16 games he has thrown 35 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. Those 35 touchdowns are tied for the most against any team Rodgers has played, the Minnesota Vikings being the other team.

Our View: Things haven't been explosive for the Packers offense like we're used to. There's a good chance they look like their old selves against a bad Bears defense on Thursday night.

Packers | Aaron Rogers remains confident (Tue Oct 18, 06:33 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers admitted that he and the offense have been 'a little bit off', but he's confident that they'll get back on track soon.

Our View: "R-E-L-A-X" is what Rodgers wants to say...again, to Packers fans (and we're saying it to fantasy owners). He threw his first second-half TD pass of the season last week, and the Packers aren't quite as high-powered on offense as many were expecting.
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Packers | Aaron Rodgers has mediocre game (Mon Oct 17, 01:57 AM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers completed 31 of his 42 pass attempts for 294 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Week 6 game against the Dallas Cowboys. He ran three times for seven yards and also fumbled twice, losing one.

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Packers | Aaron Rodgers strong vs. DAL (Tue Oct 11, 11:02 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has completed 120-of-179 passes (67.0 percent) for 1,302 yards, nine touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 105.0 in five meetings against the Dallas Cowboys.

Our View: The Packers may not be quite as strong through the air as they used to be, but Rodgers is still an easy QB1 for fantasy owners.
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