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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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Week 3: vs Cincinnati Bengals

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers pass attack amassed 343 passing yards and two touchdowns last week. Rodgers got off to a very sluggish start last week with only 85 passing yards, an interception, and a fumble that was returned for a touchdown in the first half. He picked it up in the second half though, especially in the fourth quarter once the game was already well out of hand--amassing 149 yards and both of his touchdowns during this garbage time. Rodgers spread the ball around all night as Davante Adams led the way with eight receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Martellus Bennet was Rodgers most targeted receiver, but only hauled in 5-of-11 targets for 47 yards. Randall Cobb has a solid showing but was forced to exit in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury. His status is looking positive for this week though. The big story for the Packers right now is Jordy Nelson's injured quadriceps, forcing him out of last week's game early in the first quarter before amassing a single catch. As of early in the week, it looks like Nelson's status for Week 3 is still up in the air. Cincinnati's defense has been statistically solid against the pass this season, allowing only six yards per pass attempt and 209 total passing yards. Although most of this can be attributed to the Bengals inept offense that made it easy for teams to protect their lead by rushing the ball, this defensive unit actually has actually played well on their limited opportunities to defend against the pass. From a pass-rushing perspective, the Bengals own a 9.8% sack rate--eight highest in the league. Geno Atkins has been solid on the interior of that line, applying consistent pressure on the quarterback--including six pressures and two sacks last week against the Texans. Cornerback is a weakness for the Bengals, but they have a solid safety over the top in Shawn Williams. The Packers offensive as a whole will by far be the Bengals toughest test of the season, as Aaron Rodgers is a mismatch for almost any defense.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 vs SEA 82 28 42 311 1 1 7 21 0 0 20.65
2 at ATL 76 33 50 343 2 1 2 8 0 1 23.95
3 vs CIN PROJ-Dodds * 23 35 * * * 5 * * * *
3 vs CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 23 38 * * * 6 * * * *
3 vs CIN PROJ-Bloom * 25 33 * * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs ATL (33 / 50 / 343 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)

Sunday night's loss to the Atlanta Falcons is likely to bring some flashbacks to Packers fans from the early portion of the 2016 season. Then, receiver Jordy Nelson was hurt, and Aaron Rodgers seemed to struggle without him. This time, Nelson left early in the first quarter but the offense looked just as disjointed during the first half as it did last time Nelson was out, at least for the first half. Rodgers was also missing both his left and right tackles, and Randall cobb was banged up for a stretch as well. All that made for a bad first half for the quarterback, as he passed for just 85 yards and threw a pick. The second half started off much the same way, as the Falcons closed in on Rodgers on the Packers' second play of the half and the quarterback tried to throw the ball away, only to have it go backwards, making it a live ball. The Falcons scooped it up and ran it back for a touchdown. Things did improve a little for the Packers after that, but that's in part because the Falcons were playing a softer defense. Rodgers was 23 of 32 for 258 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, but that was merely a result of trying to avoid giving up a big momentum-turning gain and being less aggressive. Rodgers did manage to burn them deep on his 33-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams, where the receiver gained good separation with a sharp stutter step, and Rodgers dropped the ball just ahead of Adams, who dove and reeled it in. The other passing touchdown was a simple shovel pass to Montgomery. Neither score made much of a difference, as the Packers were too far behind to catch up.

2017 Week 1 vs SEA (28 / 42 / 311 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 21 / 0 rush)

The Packers offense has started slow the last few years and things looked to be going that way again early in this game., but Aaron Rodgers hung in there and eventually his receivers woke up. Rodgers did see a lot of pressure throughout the game, and was sacked four times, three of them coming in the second quarter. The offensive line did a better job in the second half, though, and between Rodgers' ability with his legs and the improved line play, the passing offense really took off. There were signs it was primed to, as despite the pressure Rodgers managed to pass for 153 yards and, more critically, eight first downs. He was picked off once, but that was balanced out by Rodgers' consistent ability to bark the aggressive Seahawks defensive line offsides and get a free play. Eventually, Rodgers had chipped away enough at the Seattle defense to where they gave up a touchdown to Jordy Nelson. It actually came on one of Rodgers' free plays as well, as he caught the Seahawks with too many men on the field and risked a deep throw down the middle of the field where he got the ball to Nelson for the score. One thing to note about Rodgers' ending stats. While he only ended the day with one pick, he had two nullified by penalties. While they were a credit to the defense the Seahawks plays, it is unusual to see Rodgers dodge that many bullets in a game and a sign that, in some ways, Rodgers and the passing offense seemed just as off as they were early last year.

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Latest News

Packers | Aaron Rodgers throws for 343 yards (Mon Sep 18, 12:55 AM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers completed 33 of his 50 pass attempts for 343 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Week 2 at Atlanta.

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Packers | Martellus Bennett fined (Sat Sep 16, 09:36 AM) - Green Bay Packers TE Martellus Bennett was fined $9,115 by the National Football League for his unnecessary roughness penalty in Week 1's game against the Seattle Seahawks. He gave LB K.J. Wright a two-handed shove after Wright tackled QB Aaron Rodgers on a fourth-quarter scramble for a first down.

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Schedule

3vs Cincinnati Bengals
4vs Chicago Bears
5@ Dallas Cowboys
6@ Minnesota Vikings
7vs New Orleans Saints
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9vs Detroit Lions
10@ Chicago Bears
11vs Baltimore Ravens
12@ Pittsburgh Steelers
13vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14@ Cleveland Browns
15@ Carolina Panthers
16vs Minnesota Vikings
17@ Detroit Lions