Week 8 Packers Stock Report: Crosby and Jennings Rising, Walden and Low Blows Falling
It was my niece’s baptism on Sunday, so I watched the Packers beat the Vikings with my parents and my brother’s family — all Vikings fans. It was a rough first half, and my parents would not stop trash talking. You know you take this silly game of football far too seriously when you start getting annoyed with your parent’s trash talk.
Anyway, at halftime my dad decided to go deer hunting and my brother went on a hike with his wife. Even though their team was beating the Super Bowl champs 17-13, they said the hell with it and went and did other things.
Those are Vikings fans in a nutshell.
On to the Week 8 stock report:
Crosby hasn’t missed a field goal since clanking one off the upright in week 13 last season. He’s made 21 straight since, and nailed a 58-yarder on Sunday that would’ve been good from much longer.
Jennings seems like an ideal fit for the steady category every week, but I think it’s time he’s elevated to rising. No. 85 is sometimes undervalued because he’s not a WR that routinely makes highlight-reel catches, does a dance, then demands more passes from his QB. He has three games over 100 yards receiving this season and only one below 80. Welcome to the rising category, Mr. Jennings.
Yeah, he’s not what he used to be in coverage, but didn’t you get a sense early in Sunday’s game that he had at least one interception in him against the rookie?
He has sacks in his last two games and looks like his motor is revving up again. We could see him in the rising category before long (Side note: Matthews was flagged for a horrible roughing the passer call on Sunday. The NFL needs to quit making a mockery of the game and address these ridiculous roughing calls now instead of after the season).
I haven’t re-watched Sunday’s game, but I’m putting Wells in the steady category because I don’t remember the name of Vikings DT Kevin Williams being called often. I’m guessing that when I do re-watch the game, Wells will be a big reason why Williams was quiet, especially on the Packers final drive.
Cobb is a rookie. It was probably inevitable that he’d land in the falling category at least once this season. I hope Sloccum and McCarthy remind Cobb that Aaron Rodgers is on the team and there’s no need to try and return every punt for a TD. When in doubt, call for a fair catch early and play on.
Walden hasn’t provided much all season. On Sunday, he was a non-factor in the pass rush and did nothing to slow down Adrian Peterson. Hopefully Zombo comes back and stays healthy to at least provide another option opposite Clay Matthews.
C’mon, Brian Robinson. Everyone knows that you can’t blatantly kick a guy in the nuts. You need to be sneaky when delivering a low-blow. Wait until the ref isn’t looking, sneak up behind the guy, then upper-cut him right where it counts. Ric Flair knows what I’m talking about.
It’s the bye week, so hopefully nobody gets arrested or injures himself doing farm work. The coaches also have an extra week to prepare for Norv Turner and the San Diego Chargers.
Oh, who am I kidding? It’s Norv Turner. McCarthy only needs a couple of minutes to come up with a gameplan that will outfox Norv Turner. Mike will probably take the week off too.——————