QB Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers
|6-2, 220||Born: 12-2-1983||College: California||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2005|
Week 20: at San Francisco 49ers
FBG says: Bad matchup. Green Bay's passing attack graded as a perfectly-average unit throughout the regular season, aside from quarterback Aaron Rodgers' incredible ability to avoid turning the ball over. The Packers ranked as the 16th-highest-volume passing attack in the league, posting 26 passing touchdowns, good for 14th in the league, and 6.1 net yards per attempt, which ranked 16th in the league. Rodgers' mark of just four interceptions was the lowest total in the NFL, and it was a driving force behind the team's relative overachievement this year. Through the air, targets are heavily concentrated at the top, with Davante Adams commanding nearly one-third of the total targets in the offense. Down the stretch of the regular season, Allen Lazard was the only other player to tally more than five targets per game, but he was held without a target last week, as his playing time was limited due to an injury he is expected to heal from ahead of this weekend's matchup. Overall, tight end Jimmy Graham and Aaron Jones are the only two other reliable difference-makers for Rodgers through the air, and both have the potential to command about five targets this weekend. Overall, Adams is an elite fantasy option once again this weekend, and every other Green Bay pass-catcher remains an afterthought in this tough matchup. San Francisco's pass defense has a strong case to be regarded as the best unit in the entire NFL this season. While they have defended limited volume, they've allowed just 4.8 net yards per attempt, which is the best mark in the league. This defense is elite at all three levels, but their pass-rush is especially impressive. Arik Armstead (10 sacks) Nick Bosa (9 sacks,) DeForest Buckner (7.5 sacks,) and Dee Ford (6.5 sacks in 11 games) make up one of the league's best defensive lines. The importance of Dee Ford's return to action last weekend cannot be overstated, as the performance of this pass-rush and overall pass-defense is significantly better when he is on the field. Then, at linebacker, Fred Warner and Kwon Alexander grade as two of the league's best pass-defending players at the position. Warner broke up nine passes this season, which is the second-highest total on the team. Lastly, in the defensive backfield, Richard Sherman, K'Waun Williams, Jaquiski Tartt, and Jimmie Ward makeup one of the league's best secondaries. It will take an exceptional performance out of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay passing attack if they have any hope of beating the 49ers through the air this weekend in what grades as an extremely difficult matchup.
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Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Aaron Rodgers's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 19 vs SEA (16 / 27 / 243 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 14 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 16 of 27 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He also rushed five times for 14 yards. This game summed up Rodgers season very well, as he alternated between stagnant drives and elite throws at some of the biggest times in the game. Specifically, with the Packers facing a third and eight from their own 22 yard line, deep in the fourth quarter and clinging to a five point lead. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and looked downfield to Adams, who was running a straight go-route from the inside right slot position that was angled toward the right sideline. Adams was able to create some separation by running a ridiculous hop-step juke that gave him some operating room. The way the route was set up, Rodgers had an angle that allowed him to make a throw that only Adams could make a play on, right at the apex of where two Seahawk defenders were converging. Although the angle was right, it was a difficult throw because the ball had to arc over the top of one defender, and then drop in a bucket ahead of the safety who was giving help over the top. Rodgers throw was textbook perfect, and it came at one of the defining points in the game and set up the Packers for the win. Rodgers first touchdown pass of the game came with the Packers facing a third and seven from the Seattle 20 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and was looking to Adams on the left side the entire time. Adams ran a filthy route that was set up by Allison and Adams essentially running the same exact routes from the same side of the field. They both started off the line running immediate slants, Allison to the outside and Adams to the inside. It was an awesome piece of route-combinations, as right at the apex of where Allison and Adams met, they both put their foot in the ground and ran in the opposite directions. This confused the Seattle secondary and Adams was able to get massive separation from his defender which gave Rodgers plenty of room to lead him into the end zone for the 20 yard touchdown. Rodgers second Seattle touchdown pass came with the Packers facing a second and six from the 40 yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and play action faked the handoff to Jones. The Packers overloaded the left side of the field, sending Adams in motion where he settled in right behind the inside left slot position. Adams ran what looked to be a deep post-route to the inside of the field, but after changing direction, Adams ran a double-move and ran on an angle back to the left sideline. The route was executed so cleanly that the Seahawks secondary had no one even in the close proximity to challenge the pass to Adams. The result was an easy 40 yard touchdown and a replay that is destined to be in "how to run routes" books and publications for years to come.
2019 Week 17 vs DET (27 / 55 / 323 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 27 of 55 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in the Packers win over the Lions on Sunday. Rodgers was largely ineffective for most of this game and was not the accurate passer we have become accustomed to. He missed Jones and Tyler Ervin for what should have been easy touchdowns, which would have put a different spin on this game, as the Packers offense continued to look like the shaky group we've seen in week's past. Coming into this game, Rodgers was averaging 34.2 attempts per game, so the 55 attempts was not only his most of the season, but way out of character for the Packers offense. Missing Jamaal Williams didn't help, but the offense was able to make enough plays in the fourth quarter to gut out the win. Rodgers first touchdown pass came in the third quarter with the Packers facing a third and 10 from the Detroit 20 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and his offensive line gave him enough time to wait out Adams who was running a deep double move from the inside to the right sideline of the end zone. Adams was lined up on the right side of the formation and then stutter stepped breaking to the inside of the field before cutting hard to the outside and leaving his defenders in the dust. Rodgers threw a perfect ball that floated to the right side of the endzone and landed in-stride with Adams. This cut the Packers deficit to seven points, with the score being 17-10 deep in the third quarter. Rodgers final touchdown pass came with the Packers facing a third and ten from the Detroit 28 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and faced a collapsing pocket quickly with an aggressive Detroit pass rush. Rodgers leaned on his back foot and threw a pass up the field to Alan Lazard who was running a deep post route. The pass was Rodgers best of the evening, placed perfectly in a spot where Lazard's defender had no chance of making a play. Lazard on the other hand, was able to jump up and catch the ball at the apex of his leap before falling down hard in the end zone for the touchdown. This tied the game at 20-20 and paved the way for a late Mason Crosby field goal to win the game and earn the Packers the #2 seed in the playoffs and home field advantage against anyone but the 49ers.
2019 Week 16 vs MIN (26 / 40 / 216 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 26 of 40 passes for 216 yards with no touchdowns and one interception, while also rushing three times for negative three yards. This was the third game of the season where Rodgers failed to throw a touchdown pass, but it was also only the third time that Rodgers has thrown an interception, and his first since week six. Since week's seven and eight, where Rodgers combined for 734 yards passing and eight touchdowns, he has failed to throw for more than 243 yards in any one game and has thrown for multiple touchdowns in only one of those seven games (a four touchdown outing against the lowly Giants). If you take away Adams 13 catches and 116 yards receiving, Rodgers completed only 13 passes for 100 yards. Rodgers lack of the prolific stats we have become accustomed to seeing from him is due to a combination of the Packers riding Aaron Jones, as well as the Green Bay offense just having no consistent secondary target behind Adams. It is hard to underestimate a team that has won 12 games, but assuming the Eagles make the playoffs, the Packers have a grand total of three wins against playoff teams, with two of them coming against the Vikings and one against the Patrick Mahomes-less Chiefs. They were blown out by the 49ers and it feels as though they lack the firepower on offense to keep up with teams like the Saints, Seahawks or 49ers. Specifically, Rodgers is being dared to complete passes to other receivers not named Adams in the red zone, and that becomes increasing difficult when the field is short. While the Packers came away with a clutch victory against the Vikings, this wasn't the type of game that elicits confidence in Green Bay making a deep playoff run, especially when Rodgers looks as mortal as we have ever seen him throughout his NFL career.
2019 Week 15 vs CHI (16 / 33 / 203 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 23 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 16 of 33 passes for 203 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions in the Packers win over the Bears on Sunday. Rodgers also rushed three times for 23 yards. This was not a banner game for Rodgers and the Packers offense, as he dipped below a 50% completion percentage for the first time all year. With that said, Rodgers stats could have easily been much, much better had Marquez Valdes-Scantling not dropped a 70 yard pass that would have gone for a touchdown had he come up with the grab. That would have given Rodgers a solid fantasy outing, but the story of the Packers receivers this year has been the lack of a #2 option behind Adams stepping up when given a chance to make a play. Rodgers can only do so much, and while it looks like his stats have taken a big hit in the second half of the season, it has not been his fault most of the time. Rodgers only touchdown pass of the game came with the Packers facing a fourth and four from the Bears 29 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and was looking to Adams the whole time. Adams was lined up in the inside left-slot position and made a stutter-step off the line before accelerating on down the field a straight go-route. Adams got a step on his defender and Rodgers was able to loft the ball over the defender's head without leading Adams too far into the end zone where a Bears defender would have been waiting to hit him hard. The pass was just a little behind Adams in stride, but it was good placement and allowed Adams to go up and make the catch while still keeping his momentum moving forward to the end zone. The end-result was a 29 yard touchdown that came on fourth down, a very aggressive play call but one that paid off for Rodgers. That was the highlight of the day for Rodgers, but he was able to do just enough and make plays at crucial times that helped the Packers move the ball and set up Jones for two touchdown runs.
2019 Week 14 vs WAS (18 / 28 / 195 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 16 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 18 of 28 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown and no interceptions, while also rushing five times for 16 yards. While Rodgers did not throw an interception, it wasn't a clean sheet for him either, as he lost a fumble and was sacked four times by a Washington pass rush that kept the game close throughout. Rodgers came out hot to start the game, leading the offense to scoring drives on two of it's first three possessions, but then went eight consecutive drives without a touchdown for the rest of the game. Rodgers only touchdown pass of the night came with the Packers facing a second and ten from the Redskins 12 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and was given a clean pocket by his offensive linemen. Rodgers was looking over the middle the entire way through the play and found Tonyan wide open in the back of the endzone. The Redskins played a lot of zone throughout this game, which normally should have allowed Rodgers to carve them up, but the Washington pass rush made it tough on Rodgers to allow the routes to develop for his receivers. This should have been a much bigger game for Rodgers, but with Aaron Jones running effectively, the Packers did not need a huge game from Rodgers to come away with the victory.
2019 Week 13 vs NYG (21 / 33 / 243 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / 24 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 21 of 33 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing three times for 24 yards. Despite the heavy winds and intermittent snow fall, Rodgers managed to use this as a get-back game after having flat performances over the last several weeks. Rodgers first touchdown pass was set up by a 43 yard pass to Alan Lazard that got the Packers down to the Giants 22 yard line. With the offense facing a second and goal from the eight yard line, Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and despite a collapsing pocket, managed to short-arm a pass to Adams who was wide open at the one yard line. Adams was met by a tackler after catching the pass but was able to extend the ball over the goal line for the touchdown. Rodgers next touchdown pass came with the Packers facing a second and one from the Giants 37 yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and play action faked to his running back on the drop-back before looking downfield to find Lazard streaking wide open on a post route. Rodgers delivered a perfect ball and Lazard made the catch for the 37 yard touchdown. After a drive that saw Rodgers convert a fourth and 10 from the Giants 35 yard line, Rodgers went into the no-huddle offense while facing a third and goal from the Giants 17 yard line. The Giants had too many men on the field, but the penalty was declined due to Rodgers finding Adams wide open on a post route where he left his defender completely in the dusting. Rodgers threw the ball where only Adams could catch it, which was high up for his receiver in the middle of the end zone. Rodgers final touchdown pass came with the Packers facing a second and goal from the Giants one yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and play action faked to his running back. The Giants got a solid pass rush on the outside and managed to get a hand on Rodgers before he threw a perfect pass to Mercedes Lewis, who was running and crossing-route to the left side of the end zone. Lewis jumped up and made the catch to cap off the Packers route of the Giants.
2019 Week 12 vs SF (20 / 33 / 104 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 20 of 33 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown while also rushing three times for 13 yards. This was a rough day for Rodgers and the Packers offense as a whole, as the 49ers defense showed out and put constant pressure on Rodgers. He was sacked five times and that pressure forced Rodgers to check down to Adams and Williams for 14 of his 20 completions. Rodgers averaged 3.3 yards per attempt, but was only slightly better when targeting Adams and Williams, averaging 5.5 yards per attempt. Rodgers now has only two touchdown passes in his last three games, a troubling number considering he threw 10 touchdowns in week's six through eight. Rodgers only touchdown pass of the game was a rather weak one and came with the Packers facing a second and goal from the 49ers two yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun with Adams coming in motion from the right side of the formation. Adams ran directly in front of Rodgers as the snap came, and Rodgers just dropped the ball in front of him as Adams caught the shovel pass and found his way around the end of the line for an easy touchdown. Rodgers then completed a pass to Adams, who was running a fade from the slot position to the left side of the end zone. The pass was completed for the two point conversion. This was the only time the Packers scored in 10 possessions on the night.
2019 Week 10 vs CAR (17 / 29 / 233 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 17 of 29 passes for 233 yards while also rushing one time for seven yards in the Packers win over the Panthers on Sunday. This was only the second time all season where Rodgers failed to record a touchdown pass, and his 17 completions and 29 attempts were both a season low for the star quarterback. It is not like the Panthers defense had their way with Rodgers though, as the Packers were able to move the ball offensively and put themselves in advantageous situations in the red zone. Whereas three weeks ago it was Rodgers throwing for five touchdowns, this game was all Aaron Jones, as the Packers running back scored three touchdowns in the red zone. The Packers had very solid, sustained drives which forced the Panthers defense to wear down, allowing Jones and Williams to rush for 156 yards on 26 carries. Rodgers long pass of the day came with the Packers facing a third and six from their own 26 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and was given a clean pocket to step into. Rodgers manipulated the front portion of the Panthers zone coverage by subtlety pump faking to the outside right part of the field. This moved the defenders just enough for Rogers, who then completed his pass to Graham for 48 yards.
2019 Week 9 vs LAC (23 / 35 / 161 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 23 of 35 passes for 161 yards and one touchdown in the Packers loss to the Chargers on Sunday. As good as Rodgers had been in weeks seven and eight, hopes were high that the one time MVP was back in peak form, but the Chargers defense had other plans for Rodgers and the Packers offense. Joey Bosa, specifically, reeked havoc on the Packers offense, beating the Packers offensive line consistently. This led to the Packers offense punting on their first five possessions. Aaron Jones averaged only 3.8 yards per carry, but it was also only on eight carries, and a lot of that was due to the Chargers controlling the tempo of the game. The Packers offense looked slow as a unit, and they never really got into an offensive groove. While Rodgers was at a disadvantage due to the lack of a running game, he was responsible for having a sloppy day as a passer. He overthrew several deep routes, as well as crossing routes over the middle, and even uncharacteristically threw passes that came up well short, something we rarely see out of Rodgers. Rodgers sole passing touchdown came with the Packers facing a first and goal from the Chargers 10 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and was soon forced out of the pocket to his left. Rodgers ran towards the sideline and as he was reaching the line of scrimmage he pump faked once, moving the defense away from Williams, before throwing a pass to a wide open Williams in the end zone. Rodgers then rushed in the following two point conversion.
2019 Week 8 vs KC (23 / 33 / 305 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 29 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 23 of 35 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in the Packers in over the Chiefs on Sunday night. Rodgers also rushed six times for 29 yards, showing off his mobility and rushing prowess when getting outside the pocket. This was one of those games where Rodgers made things look so easy it would not be hard to overlook his production in favor of Jones ridiculous stat line. That would be a mistake though as Rodgers completed a master class in putting his playmakers in the best position to gain yards after the catch, and he made several throws that no quarterback in the NFL, sans Patrick Mahomes, is capable of making. Rodgers first touchdown pass came with the Packers facing a second and three from the Chiefs four yard line. Rodgers motioned Jones across the field from the right hash mark to the inside left slot position. Rodgers then took the snap and dropped the ball to Jones coming back across the formation to the right, which played out like an off-tackle rush would, with Jones following his blockers all the way to the end zone. Rodgers second touchdown pass was a prayer, or a thing of beauty depending on how you look at it, but regardless it was vintage Aaron Rodgers. With the Packers facing a third and one from the Chiefs three yard line, Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and got a clean pocket for the first three seconds before the Chiefs were able to penetrate and force him out of the pocket to the right. With Rodgers about to get tackled from behind, he unleashed an Uncle Rico-esque flip pass from his right hip. It was an arching pass that found its way perfectly to the back right portion of the endzone, where Jamaal Williams was running across the field. If there was a bucket right inside the back right portion of the endzone, the ball would have dropped right into it. IT was an incredible play, and one that is easy to say was just a prayer unless you look at how perfectly the ball came down with an arching trajectory, just over the Chiefs secondary, and in stride to Williams. It also came on third down and put the Chiefs up 24-17 deep in the third quarter. It is a play we will be watching for years to come. Rodgers final touchdown pass came with the Packers facing a second and three from their own 33 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and immediately threw a quick pass to Jones on a wide receiver screen route. The Packers blockers did their job creating an opening running lane for Jones, who then did the rest by weaving his way through the porous Chiefs secondary and outrunning everyone on his way to a 67 yard touchdown that won the game for the Packers.
2019 Week 7 vs OAK (25 / 31 / 429 / 5 / 0 pass, 2 / 6 / 1 rush)
Rodgers didn't complete a pass to a wideout until halfway through the second quarter, but was still making big gains through the air early thanks to his fullback, Jimmy Graham, and a beautiful adjustment by Aaron Jones on his first touchdown pass. His second touchdown was an easy short throw to Jamaal Williams, set up by a pass interference call inside the five on a throw to Jimmy Graham and the third capped a two minute drill to take control of the game after a Derek Carr fumble through the end zone. It was thrown to Jake Kumerow, who tight roped the sideline for the touchdown. Rodgers ran in the fourth touchdown of the game, set up by a long bomb to Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Graham scored the fifth, set up by a leaping Allen Lazard catch inside the five, and the sixth touchdown came on an easy long catch and run by Valdes-Scantling. The offense is coming together as Rodgers looks comfortable and locked in, even without Davante Adams.
2019 Week 6 vs DET (24 / 39 / 283 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 39 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Rodgers also ran three times for 10 yards. Playing without Davante Adams for the second straight week, Rodgers was forced to spread the ball out, completing passes to nine different receivers, with eight of them catching two or more passes, but none catching more than four. Rodgers first touchdown pass came with the Packers facing a second and goal from the Lions five yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and motioned for Jamaal Williams to come across the formation from the right inside slot position. Rodgers caught the snap and instantly just dropped the ball in front of him to Williams who was streaking across the formation. Williams got good blocking from his line and receivers, but also stiff-armed one defender before cutting back to the middle of the field and eluding two Lions defenders for a five yard touchdown. While Rodgers will get credited with the touchdown pass, this play was all Williams and his blockers. Rodgers second touchdown pass came with the Lions ahead 22-13, and the Packers offense facing a third and five from the Lions 35 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and immediately looked to his left, as Lazard was given a free release of the line of scrimmage running a go-route up the left sideline. Rodgers pass was absolutely perfect, on a dime, to Lazard in stride right at the goal line. The pass was out in front of Lazard and at a place where only he could catch it. Considering the fact that the Packers needed to score a touchdown and it was third down, Rodgers gets double credit for making a big-time throw in crunch time. Rodgers did throw an interception in the red zone on the drive preceding this one, but it was far from his fault, as his receiver let the ball bounce off his chest and it popped up directly in front of a Lions defender. Rodgers also led the Packers on a 15 play drive that ate up the last 6:16 of the clock, and allowed the Packers to kick a game winning field goal with no time on the clock as it went through the uprights. Rodgers may not be putting up the type of MVP numbers that he has in the past, but this team is 5-1 because he is finding ways to make just enough plays each week for them to win, despite not having a prolific offense.
2019 Week 5 vs DAL (22 / 34 / 238 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / -1 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 22 of 34 passes for 238 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in the Packers win over the Cowboys on Sunday. Rodgers also rushed four times for (-1) yards. Without Adams in the lineup, Rodgers was not asked to do too much, especially in the red zone with Jones gashing the Cowboys for four touchdowns. The Packers trotted out Allison, Valdes-Scalding and Jake Kumerow, which obviously contributed to Rodgers lackluster stat total. While all three have proven to be capable secondary options, the trio was unable to beat the Cowboys down the field, and there isn't a promising possession receiver among the three. Rodgers was able to manipulate a handful of 18+ yard completions to Valdes-Scalding, Graham, Allison and Robert Tonyan, and all were Rodgers making pinpoint throws to create those plays as opposed to his wide receivers beating their man convincingly. On an 18 yard completion to Valdes-Scalding, Rodgers dropped back and after getting time to survey his targets, hit his receiver right on the hands along the sideline on an out-route. With the Packers backed up to their own 11 yard line late in the first quarter, Rodgers was able to give Graham time to change his route and head up the sideline by scrambling outside the pocket amidst a heavy Cowboys pass rush. The pass went for 23 yards. On the same drive, with the Packers facing a second and eight from the Dallas 49 yard line, Rodgers dropped back and play action faked to Jones. The Cowboys managed to collapse the pocket which sent Rodgers scrambling up the middle. Rodgers nearly lost his footing, but recovered long enough to throw a sidearm pass up the sideline to Tonyan. The pass was high, but up and out in front of his tight end and Tonyan made a fantastic catch, high-pointing the ball along the sideline for a 23 yard gain. This wasn't a prolific performance from Rodgers, but it says something that he was able to take a group of young pass catchers and make enough plays to set up the offense for four offensive touchdowns.
2019 Week 4 vs PHI (34 / 53 / 422 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 46 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 34 of 53 passes for 422 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Rodgers also led the Packers in rushing yards, gaining 46 yards on five carries. It was not the most efficient game given the standards that Rodgers has created for himself, but it was the second most attempts, completions and yards for Rodgers over the last three seasons. Rodgers could have had an even bigger game, but he was robbed of a touchdown when a 58 yard catch and run by Adams was stopped on a diving tackle at the Eagles seven yard line. That extra touchdown would have really made Rodgers fantasy stats look good, but it was nice to see that Rodgers can still put up numbers when the chance at a shootout presents itself. Rodgers first touchdown pass came with the Packers facing a second and 10 from the Eagles 19 yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and dropped back facing zone coverage by the Eagles. Rodgers looked as though he was going to take off and run, which froze an Eagles defender that was dropping back to the goal line in the middle of the field. As soon as that defender started to move towards him, Rodgers threw a pass on the run to Allison that was perfectly on target. The manipulation of that one defender by Rodgers was artistic, as had he stayed in the pocket, Rodgers would not have had the right angle to throw to Allison, and he would have had a tough time throwing a pass that would have had to go over the shallow defender to Allison, but under the Eagles defenders that were behind his receiver. Rodgers second touchdown pass of the night came with the Packers facing a second and 10 from the Eagles 14 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and after his drop back was faced with a pocket that was collapsing, as well as an Eagles defender that was running unimpeded through the line. Rodgers took off to the right and then immediately threw on the run. He led tight end Jimmy Graham perfectly, as Graham had started on the inside right slot position and then run a shallow out pattern directly to the sideline. When Graham saw his defender taking a terrible angle towards him he broke up-field, which allowed Rodgers to lead him to the end zone for an easy touchdown catch. While neither of these touchdowns looked terribly difficult, Rodgers was able to create the edge that made the plays look easy. Rodgers only interception came on the last offensive play of the game for the Packers. Rodgers threw a slant to the inside right slot receiver (Valdes-Scalding), but the ball bounced off of Valdes-Scalding's hand and was intercepted in the red zone. I question whether the ball should have been thrown to Davante Adams, however we will revisit that later in this column.
2019 Week 3 vs DEN (17 / 29 / 235 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 17 of 29 passes for 235 yards and one touchdown in the Packers win over the Broncos on Sunday. While the Packers are 3-0 to start the season, the offense has been less than explosive and Rodgers is making just enough plays per game to get the Packers over the hump. Opposing defenses are keying on Davante Adams which is forcing Rodgers to look to his second and third options. Valdes-Scantling has picked up the slack for Adams, and is making plays down the field which have proven to be critical for the Packers wins in the first three weeks. In this game, Rodgers only touchdown pass went to Valdes-Scantling on an offside penalty which gave Rodgers a free play down the field. With the Packers facing a second and six from the Broncos 40 yard line, Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun. A Broncos defensive lineman jumped the snap and a flag was thrown right as Rodgers was snapping the ball, but he managed to keep his eyes downfield. Rodgers targeted Valdes-Scantling from the left inside-slot position on a deep post to the middle of the field. Rodgers threw a perfect ball out in front of Valdes-Scantling and the receiver made a nice catch for the 40 yard touchdown. Other than this play, Rodgers mainly threw in the short and intermediate sections of the field and moved the Packers down the field methodically, allowing Aaron Jones to punch in two short touchdown runs.
2019 Week 2 vs MIN (22 / 34 / 209 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Rodgers was successful on a downfield shot to Davante Adams off of play action to open the game and stayed hot through the first quarter as the team opened up a 21 point lead. He was passing well to the backs, including an inside screen to Jamaal Williams that resulted in the first score of the game. He had time to throw on third down on the second scoring drive, hitting Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Davante Adams on third down before finishing with a touchdown that Geronimo Allison climbed the ladder to get. The offense was more conservative after the Packers opened up that lead and the Vikings pass defense was much tighter. Rodgers did get a long pass interference to Davante Adams that won't show up in the box score. He played well and should be even better against easier defenses.
2019 Week 1 vs CHI (18 / 30 / 203 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 18 of 30 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown in the Packers 10-3 win over the Chicago Bears in week one. The Packers managed to beat the Bears with their defense, a surprising outcome given their defensive struggles over the last several seasons. While Rodgers statistics do not look dominant in any way, he did a great job of taking what the Bears defense was giving him which allowed the Packers to consistently win the battle of field position. With the Packers trailing 3-0 to start the 2nd quarter, Rodgers took a shot down the field to emerging second year wide receiver, Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Rodgers took the snap under center, faked the handoff to Aaron Jones and then faked a reverse to Davante Adams before throwing deep to Valdes-Scantling who had a step on his man in the center of the field. The 47 yard completion was the longest play of the day, accounting for nearly 25% of Rodgers total passing yards, while also setting up the Packers for their only touchdown of the game. With the Packers facing a first and eight from the Bears eight yard line, Rodgers took the snap under center with Jimmy Graham and Davante Adams bunched up in the slot on the right side of the formation. Rodgers quickly looked left, then right and then back left again before settling with his weight on his back foot looking as though he was ready to throw the ball away. Instead, Rodgers saw Graham in one on one coverage and gave his tight end a chance to make a play on jump ball. It was an aggressive throw given the Packers relative struggles putting up points, not to mention there were several Bears defenders either even with Graham or behind him in coverage. Luckily the ball was thrown in the right spot and Graham was able to go up and convert the catch for a touchdown, which ended up being the only score the Packers needed to win this game.
Latest NewsPackers | Green Bay moves on to NFC Championship (Sun Jan 12, 10:02 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers finished 16-of-27 for 243 yards and two touchdowns as the team raced out to a 21-3 lead before holding on for a 28-23 victory in Sunday's NFC Divisional Round playoff game. RB Aaron Jones ran for 62 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, while Rodgers added 14 more yards on the ground. WR Davante Adams hauled in eight catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns, while TE Jimmy Graham was the only other Packer with more than one catch, tallying three receptions for 49 yards. LBs Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith each recorded two of Green Bay's five sacks, while LB Blake Martinez led all tacklers with 10 stops (seven solo). Our View: Rodgers made a few unreal throws when he needed to and the Packers made a 21-3 hold up. They'll face a San Francisco team that thumped them 37-8 during the regular season.
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Why You Should Bet on Ben Roethlisberger to Lead the NFL in Passing Touchdowns
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Five Reasons why Ryan will be the Best Fantasy QB in 2019
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Using college aDOT to project WR fantasy performance
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The best quarterback to receiver tandems in the NFL for 2019
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