Oct 242012
 

Last week: 14 (+1)

Record: 4-3

The Packers have looked awfully impressive over the past 2 weeks and Aaron Rodgers is playing out of his mind, but they’re still the favorite to be this year’s team that goes from a 1st round bye to out of the playoffs, though New England and Baltimore made strong cases last week and you can’t count out San Francisco. However, I have a lot of trouble seeing that team coming from the AFC this year since it’s such a bad conference. In the NFC, you can miss the playoffs even if you deserve it and that might happen for the Packers.

At just 4-3, they’ll need to go 7-3 to make the playoffs at the very least, 8-2 to be safe. I don’t know if they’re quite that good. The defense isn’t great and is missing several players, including now Charles Woodson. They don’t win the turnover battle like they used to. They don’t run the ball well and their offensive line has been inconsistent. There’s still a lot to play out, but for now, I still have them in this spot.

Studs

QB Aaron Rodgers: 30 of 37 for 342 yards and 3 touchdowns, 1 spike, 1 drop, 118.0 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 9 of 40 drop backs (2 sacks, 1 scramble, 4 of 6, 1 drop)

RG Josh Sitton: Didn’t allow a pressure on 42 pass block snaps, run blocked for 19 yards on 1 attempt

C Jeff Saturday: Didn’t allow a pressure on 42 pass block snaps, run blocked for 11 yards on 13 attempt

RT Bryan Bulaga: Didn’t allow a pressure on 42 pass block snaps, run blocked for 11 yards on 3 attempt

WR Jordy Nelson: Caught 8 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown on 9 attempts on 40 pass snaps, 4.4 YAC per catch

WR Randall Cobb: Caught 8 passes for 89 yards on 8 attempts on 38 pass snaps, 3.0 YAC per catch

Duds

RB Alex Green: Rushed for 35 yards (30 after contact) on 20 carries, 3 broken tackles, caught 4 passes for 29 yards on 5 attempts, 1 drop

LT Marshall Newhouse: Allowed 1 sack, 2 quarterback hits, and 3 quarterback hurries on 42 pass block snaps, 1 penalty

RE Jerel Worthy: 1 quarterback hurry on 31 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, no tackles

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