Week 7 Packers Stock Report: It’s Getting Tougher to Fill Out the Falling Category
The Packers beat the Rams 24-3 on Sunday despite taking a break for most of the second half. I could rant, rave and nitpick about all kinds of things that happened in that second half, but honestly, I think the Packers just got bored.
This team still needs to develop a killer instinct, but I don’t think the Packers necessarily took a step backward during that snoozer of a second half which featured a few fluky drops and vanilla playcalling. If this were a division rival the Packers were trying to bury, the second half would have been a different story and the final score even more lopsided.
Anyway, I’m usually a glass-half-empty Packers fan, but there’s not much to dislike about this team so far. Yes, the defense needs to plug a few leaks, but at 6-0 it’s getting difficult to find players for the falling category.
Rodgers rolled to his left and lofted a perfect touchdown pass through a swirling wind to James Jones in the second quarter Sunday. That throw was a thing of beauty. Even if Rodgers didn’t complete another pass all game, I still would’ve put him in the rising category for that pass alone.
Williams is providing tighter coverage and better support in the run game. In other words, he’s getting healthier, which automatically means his stock is rising.
Burnett has had his share of gaffes this season, but he’s also made a lot of plays. He gets the final rising slot this week for his toughness. Check out the picture of Burnett’s clubbed hand. Can you imagine playing safety with that thing on your hand? Burnett still managed to get nine tackles and force a fumble. I’m not sure if he’ll be able to catch any interceptions, but I give Burnett credit for toughing it out.
You are probably asking yourself how I can include Matthews in a post about underachievers last week, then put him in the steady category this week. Truth is, Matthews has been steady most of the season. However, I think he has the talent to be like Rodgers and become a permanent fixture in the rising category. That’s why I suggested he might be underachieving. His play on Sunday took him one step closer to the rising category.
Crosby’s 32-yard field goal in the first quarter tied Chris Jackie’s 18-year-old record of 17 consecutive regular season field goals made. With the wind gusting over 30 mph on Sunday, Crosby also had a good day on kickoffs and continues earning his new contract.
The dropped pass on 3rd and 2 was a smack-your-head moment, but that mistake shouldn’t take away from the fact that Nelson has developed into a steady deep threat. Three of his four TD catches are for 50 yards or more.
3rd Down Pitches to John Kuhn
As I said in Sunday’s unfiltered thoughts about the game, why run a pitch out of the shotgun to Kuhn when you have the best QB in the league and a whole bunch of amazing receivers?
AJ Hawk’s Bank Account
Hawk likely will be fined because he flipped the bird after sacking Sam Bradford. Hawk said it was an inside joke with teammates, but I think he was channeling his inner Stone Cold Steve Austin. If Hawk sacks Donovan McNabb (or Christian Ponder) this week, I expect him to flip the bird, pound two beers, then deliver a Stone Cold Stunner to Adrian Peterson.
The Vikings were one play away from going to the Super Bowl in 2009. Now they’re one of the lousiest franchises in the NFL and in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. Vikings fans are depressed, but not as depressed as Packers fans like me that are stuck in the Twin Cities, and will likely have to foot the bill for the Vikes new stadium.
I had the Vikings game circled as one the Packers could lose, but after seeing how terrible the purple people have become, it’s tough to see how the Packers don’t cruise to 7-0. I guess Peterson could take advantage of the Packers poor tackling early in games to get the Vikings off to a fast start, but even if that happens, I think the Packers’ offense would be able to overcome any sort of early deficit.——————