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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 Oct 20): The only problem for Rodgers' fantasy owners is that Cam Newton and the Panthers couldn't play well enough on offense to keep Rodgers firing away for all of the second half. Drew Brees will this week.

Week 8: at New Orleans Saints

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Aaron Rodgers has thrown 43/64 for 519 yards, six TDs and zero interceptions over the past two weeks, relying heavily on his wide receivers. Jordy Nelson (21 targets for 13/187/2 receiving) and Randall Cobb (14 for 11/179/2) have both handled two TDs during that time span, while Davante Adams (nine for 7/98/1) and Andrew Quarless (six for 3/20/1) have found pay-dirt as well. The Packers' passing attack is humming along quite nicely at the season's midway point. The Saints' pass D is ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 270.5 net yards allowed per game, with 11 passing scores given up vs. three interceptions (tied for 24th in the NFL) and nine sacks (tied for 25th) generated to date. They are sub-par just about any way you slice it when it comes to pass D this year. Matthew Stafford rang up 27/40 for 285 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions in a come-from-behind win last week (three sacks for -14 yards taken), while Mike Glennon managed to take the Saints to OT in Week 5 (19/32 for 248 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown, with one sack taken for -1 yards). This is a great matchup for the Packers despite being on the road this weekend.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
4 at CHI 22 28 302 4 0 1 8 0 0
5 vs MIN 12 17 156 3 0 0 0 0 0
6 at MIA 24 42 264 3 0 7 34 0 0
7 vs CAR 19 22 255 3 0 3 21 0 0
8 at NO PROJ-Dodds 22 32 * * * 3 * * *
8 at NO PROJ-Tremblay 24 37 * * * 3 * * *
8 at NO PROJ-Bloom 25 34 * * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs MIN (12 / 17 / 156 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

This game quickly got out of hand and so Aaron Rodgers was done by the fourth quarter and the team was running the ball more than passing and exposing their Pro Bowl quarterback to an injury. While the first several passes were a bit off target, in part because of the wet weather, Rodgers settled down and hit Randall Cobb for a touchdown on the third pass of the game. On the play, Cobb ran deep into the end zone and then cut across the back of it, trailing cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. Rodgers threw a perfect pass out of Munnerlyn's reach but right into Cobb's hands for an 8-yard touchdown. Two passes later, he connected with Jordy Nelson for a 66-yard touchdown. On the play, Nelson threw a double-move at the defenders, selling the safety on an outside route, but going inside where he was wide open for Rodgers to deliver the ball for an easy touchdown. In the second quarter, he then hit rookie Davante Adams on a short slant for another touchdown, Adams' first of his career. Overall, Rodgers had plenty of protection and his receivers had very little difficulty getting open, which made for a pretty easy day.

2014 Week 6 vs MIA (24 / 42 / 264 / 3 / 0 pass, 7 / 34 / 0 rush)

The 27 points scored by the Packers offense against Miami are a testament to the greatness of Aaron Rodgers because the Dolphins front seven dominated the Packers offensive line the entire afternoon, stifling the run game and making life miserable for Rodgers. On the rare occasions when Rodgers had time in the pocket, it was like shooting fish in a barrel as he calmly dissected the Dolphins secondary with accurate strikes to Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. On most pass plays Rodgers had very little time though. Without Rodgers nimble feet and quick release, the Packers offense would have been extremely ineffective. Rodgers easily marched the Packers down the field for a touchdown on the first drive of the game. The key play was a 3rd-and-8 designed keeper in which Rodgers took the ball straight up the middle and dove for the first down. Rodgers finished the drive off with an easy 9-yard TD strike to Nelson after fooling the Dolphins D on play-action. The play that best exemplified Rodgers' outstanding afternoon was his short TD toss to Randall Cobb on 3rd and goal from the five late in the 3rd quarter. Pressure forced Rodgers to step up and then scramble to his right. With two defenders closing in on him, Rodgers juked and then danced towards the right sideline. Just before defenders could sack him, Rodgers threw back across his body to find Cobb breaking open late in the end zone. Rodgers ended the day by orchestrating a 60-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes to win the game. The first key play on the drive was a 4th-and-10 completion to Jordy Nelson down the right sideline that Rodgers put right on the money. The next came with time running down and the Packers just inside the red zone. Rodgers faked the spike and zipped it out to Davante Adams who took advantage of the defensive confusion to pick up twelve yards down to the Dolphins three. With :06 seconds left, Rodgers hit TE Andrew Quarless on a perfectly placed back shoulder throw in the right corner of the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.

2014 Week 7 vs CAR (19 / 22 / 255 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 21 / 0 rush)

The Green Bay Packers offense trashed the Carolina Panthers defense, which meant Rodgers spent the fourth quarter on the bench. The day started on somewhat of a down note as he was sacked on the first play of the game. He was intercepted a few minutes later, but it was wiped out by a penalty. The ball was thrown down the middle of the field but overshot Jordy Nelson, the intended receiver. It's quite likely that Rodgers knew he'd pulled a defender offsides and, as he will often do, took a free shot down the field. Rodgers first of three touchdowns was on a simple deep fade route where Jordy Nelson easily got behind the secondary. Rodgers delivered a perfect pass and, after making another defender miss, Nelson easily scored. Rodgers' second touchdown pass was a short one to Randall Cobb. Rodgers spotted the Panthers lining everyone up at the line of scrimmage with no safety in the end zone. The Panthers ended up dropping their linebackers into coverage, but the receivers still had man-coverage. Rodgers rolled to his right, spotted Cobb open just short of the goal line and delivered a quick pass which Cobb caught as he was backing into the end zone. Rodgers' final touchdown was to rookie Davante Adams. On the play, which took place in the middle of the third quarter, Adams was inexplicably open on what looked to be a "post" route. Rodgers saw it and immediately delivered the ball, which Adams caught with plenty of space to get into the end zone.

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Latest News

Packers | Aaron Rodgers a much-improved QB (Thu Oct 23, 01:51 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had a passer rating of 154.5 against the Carolina Panthers in Week 7, and head coach Mike McCarthy thinks his quarterback is better than he was when he won the Most Valuable Player award in 2011. Rodgers has thrown 18 straight touchdown passes without an interception heading into Week 8. 'Aaron is a much better player today than he was in 2011,' said McCarthy. 'His responsibility level has increased a lot since then. So, what he does during the course of the week, during the course of the game, at the line of scrimmage, the communication between (quarterbacks coach) Alex Van Pelt and myself, he is, in my opinion, watching him grow throughout his career, he's clearly a better player.' Rodgers' streak of 192 pass attempts without an interception is the longest of his career and second best stretch by any Green Bay quarterback since Bart Starr went 294 passes without throwing an interception.

Our View: How do you improve upon perfection? We don't know but apparently Aaron Rodgers does. With two exceptions (Week 1 against Seattle and Week 3 against Detroit) Rodgers has been outstanding this year and has thrown 18 touchdowns compared to one interception. He's a must-start every week and is always a QB1 for your fantasy team. He's been so efficient that both Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson are effective every week at no less than a WR2 level.
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Schedule

8@ New Orleans Saints
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs Chicago Bears
11vs Philadelphia Eagles
12@ Minnesota Vikings
13vs New England Patriots
14vs Atlanta Falcons
15@ Buffalo Bills
16@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17vs Detroit Lions