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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 Dec 15): If you made it through despite Rodgers cratering against the Bills, the Bucs are a much lesser opponent in Week 16, although Rodgers is on the road, where he hasn't been nearly as good this year. The Bills were physical with his receivers, so look for the Bucs to err on the side of illegal contact and holding penalties.

Week 16: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Aaron Rodgers went to Buffalo and laid an egg, with 17/42 for 185 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown (one sack taken for -10 yards). It was an atypical outing for Rodgers, Jordy Nelson (12 targets for 5/55/0 receiving) and Randall Cobb (13 for 7/96/0), and disappointed fantasy owners during a key week. However, things are looking up this week. Tampa Bay averages 250.4 net passing yards allowed per game (24th in the NFL) with a whopping 26 passing scores given up, vs. 11 interceptions (tied-19th in the NFL) and 33 sacks (tied-16th). Most recently, Derek Anderson hit this group for 25/40 yielding 269 net passing yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown. This is a great week to look for a big bounce back from Rodgers and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
12 at MIN 19 29 209 2 0 6 34 0 0
13 vs NE 24 38 368 2 0 5 22 0 0
14 vs ATL 24 36 327 3 0 5 28 0 0
15 at BUF 17 42 185 0 2 3 27 0 0
16 at TB PROJ-Dodds 22 34 * * * 3 * * *
16 at TB PROJ-Tremblay 21 33 * * * 4 * * *
16 at TB PROJ-Bloom 22 30 * * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs NE (24 / 38 / 368 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 22 / 0 rush)

This weekend presented a rare event--Aaron Rodgers played a full game. The last few games have seen Rodgers yanked early in order to make sure he didn't get hurt during a blowout win. This past Sunday, the New England was in it until the very end, so Rodgers was as well. It was a challenging day for Rodgers as he had to face down a great cornerback combination in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. Both corners did a good job of staying on top of Rodgers' normal favorite targets, Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson. Rodgers nearly had a pass picked off early when he threw into the end zone and rookie Davante Adams couldn't hang onto the ball. It ricocheted off Adams and was almost picked off by Revis but the corner couldn't hang on to it either. With the few passes he was able to get through to Cobb or Nelson, Rodgers seemed to be trying to play it too safe, throwing the ball a little higher or further than he normally would. With Cobb/Nelson blanketed, Rodgers turned his attention elsewhere, mostly to Adams. The two largely were on the same page, and Rodgers in particular seemed happy to treat Adams as he normally did the other two. What that means is, he threw passes that were just as difficult to catch as he would have if he was throwing to Nelson or Cobb. There was one perfectly thrown ball on a lob into the end zone, which Adams couldn't keep his feet in for. Nelson would have managed it and down the road perhaps Adams will too, but right now he can't. That said, he made very fine catches and helped Rodgers compile plenty of yards despite not having his best weapons. Despite this, his first touchdown pass of the day was actually to tight end Richard Rodgers. On the play, Aaron Rodgers started to throw and either faked the pass or pulled it down at the last minute because he saw something he disliked. He nearly fell over, but recovered, then moved to his left and saw Richard Rodgers on a go route with a step on his defender. Rodgers threw a high arching pass which fell perfectly into the tight end's hands as he crossed the goal line for a touchdown. At some point, Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy shifted the offense as well, working on getting the receivers matched up with linebackers and away from the corners, which allowed them to make more catches and move the chains more easily. However, it was going back to the well which paid dividends with a second touchdown for Rodgers. On the play, a 45-yard catch-and-run by Jordy Nelson, cornerback Darrelle Revis played tight near the line of scrimmage. Nelson got inside Revis and shielded him from the ball with his body, giving Rodgers a good target as he ran his slant route. For some reason when Nelson caught it, Revis had fallen a little behind, so when the receiver had the ball, the cornerback had to try and catch up. Revis was blocked by Cobb, giving Nelson plenty of room to run. Safety Devin McCourty almost made a nice tackle, but Nelson was able to hit the pylon as he fell and the play was ruled a touchdown. Overall, Rodgers did a nice job adjusting to the coverage and finding ways to put his receivers in a position to succeed while avoiding any major mistakes.

2014 Week 14 vs ATL (24 / 36 / 327 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 28 / 0 rush)

It seems unfair to feel like Aaron Rodgers throwing for three touchdowns and 327 yards is a bit underwhelming, but that's what happens when you do things like it every week. While Rodgers still throws the odd duck now and again, he more than makes up for those during the course of every game. Once again on Monday night, Rodgers showed his athleticism as he evaded defenders to stretch a play and buy his receivers time to get open. That's how he and receiver Jordy Nelson hooked up for the first of their two touchdowns on Monday night. On the play, a 3rd and goal attempt with just 30 seconds left in the half, Rodgers was forced out of the pocket. He scrambled to his right, keeping his eyes in the end zone looking for someone to get open. Nelson slipped past a defender and slid along the back line of the end zone, where Rodgers saw him and easily threw a pass for a touchdown. On the second pass that Rodgers and Nelson hooked up on for a touchdown, the receiver split two defenders on his route and Rodgers had a wide open target to throw to. Overall, Rodgers continued to look as if he is at the top of his game, a dangerous weapon both with his legs and his arm.

2014 Week 15 vs BUF (17 / 42 / 185 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 27 / 0 rush)

If you've watched Future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers for any length of time, you'll know immediately that this was the worst game he's played since his rookie season--maybe even including that. Rodgers always seems to come out of the gate a little slow, taking a little while to sync up with his receivers. On Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, a rare thing happened--they never did sync up. Rodgers's receivers were plagued by drops all day long, including one by Jordy Nelson which would have been a huge, game-changing touchdown--the second time he dropped a score on the day. Nelson in particular had issues holding onto the ball, partly because of coverage but not completely. Rodgers continued to stretch plays with his legs and find receivers but they weren't making their usual catches. Coverage was a big issue for Rodgers and his receivers, as Buffalo did a very good job of keeping all of Rodgers' weapons in check but again, when he was able to deliver the ball to his guys there were far too many drops. That's not to absolve Rodgers of some abysmally bad throws. He was nearly picked off on a pass he threw too slow and too far ahead of Nelson in the second quarter when cornerback Stephon Gilmore read the screen play immediately and jumped the route. Only a nice defensive play by Nelson saved a pick-six. Rodgers wasn't so lucky on either of his two interceptions, though they didn't get taken back for touchdowns. On the first, he saw Randall Cobb on a deep crossing route, but missed safety Bacarri Rambo over the middle. He delivered the ball and Rambo stepped in front of the pass for an easy pick. On the very next play was the huge drop by Nelson with a wide open field in front of him. On the second interception, the ball bounced off Davante Adams' hands, ricocheted into the air and came down in the hands of Rambo for his second interception of the game. The final nail in the coffin was when, with two minutes remaining in the game, Rodgers was stripped of the ball on a sack and running back Eddie Lacy picked it up but, due to the rule that only the fumbling player can advance the ball and advance it inside of two minutes, it was ruled a safety. Given how shaky a game Rodgers was having, you have to wonder at the decision to have him throw the ball 42 times when it clearly wasn't working.

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Latest News

Packers | Aaron Rodgers has struggled at Tampa Bay (Tue Dec 16, 05:19 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is 0-2 with a 35.6 total quarterback rating at Tampa Bay in his career. He threw three interceptions in each of those games.

Our View: History can be your guide, but we don't see how the Bucs will be able to keep up with the Packers offense. Consider Rodgers a QB1 as you normally would.
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Packers | GB struggled with physical play (Mon Dec 15, 05:54 PM) - The Green Bay Packers were beaten by the Buffalo Bills in Week 15, and the Bills excelled by playing physical with the Packers receivers and disrupting the routes of WRs Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. The Bills had just one sack on Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and three hits, but the lack of blitzing allowed Buffalo's corners to play more aggressively on the outside. 'They were physical outside with our receivers and were able to get away with it all day,' Rodgers said. 'We had some chances, missed on them.'

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Packers | Packers hurt by drops in Week 15 (Mon Dec 15, 05:50 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had one of his worst games as a pro in Week 15 against the Buffalo Bills, but he wasn't helped by seven dropped passes in the game, either, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Our View: Seven drops by seven different receivers. Green Bay entered Week 15 with only 13 drops in the entire season.
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Packers | Aaron Rodgers delivers again (Tue Dec 9, 12:06 AM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 327 yards and three scores in a 43-37 win over the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Dec. 8.

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