Week 10 Packers Stock Report: Rodgers, Bishop and a Deer Hunting Dilemma
Last weekend was the opening of deer hunting season and I had a dilemma: Do I skip the Packers vs. Chargers game to maximize my chances to bagging the 30-point buck, or do I leave the deer stand early to watch the game? I chose to watch the game (there’s always next weekend to chase the 30-pointer) and I was pleased with my decision.
What a game.
Also, by watching the game, I decreased my chances of sounding like an idiot in this week’s stock report.
Besides missing an open Greg Jennings on a key drive late in the fourth quarter, Rodgers was nearly flawless once again on Sunday.
He had all he could do to keep up with Antonio Gates, but Bishop kept getting after it. He tipped a pass that led to Peprah’s first interception, sacked Philip Rivers and was the only Packers defender that looked explosive throughout the game.
I can’t decide which WRs should go in the rising category and which belong in the steady, so lets just label them all risers. This group of WRs gives you a little bit of everything and is rolling right now.
A 47-yard field goal in the rain? No problem for Crosby. I should probably put Crosby in the rising category, but I don’t like kickers to get too high or too low. I want them to be steady. This is my way of keeping Crosby consistent and grounded. I’m sure he appreciates it.
Starks hasn’t grabbed hold of the No. 1 running back spot, but there’s little doubt who the Packers are going to give the ball to when they need to run it down the stretch. Starks is hitting holes harder than he did earlier this season and more often than not gets the Packers the tough yards they need.
I don’t remember Raji’s name being called at all on Sunday as the Chargers offensive line blew the Packers off the line early and stonewalled the pass rush. Somebody needs to step up, win their one-on-one matchup and give the Packers pass rush a boost. Didn’t the Packers move Raji to DE this season so he could get more pressures on the QB? So far, it’s not working. Perhaps (if) when Mike Neal returns, Raji will get freed up to make some more plays, but he needs to play better in the meantime.
Just a bad game for the crafty veteran on Sunday. There’s no other way to put it. He didn’t get to the QB on blitzes and cost the Packers yards with penalties. And what was up on that first TD pass the Packers allowed? Woodson looked confused, and when you’re the oldest guy on the field, you shouldn’t be confused.
Rivers is the best bad QB the NFL has seen in a long time. His three interceptions on Sunday were all silly passes that someone with his talent shouldn’t make, but he still racked up a ton of yards and almost pulled the game out of his you-know-what. If Rivers eliminates his Jay Cutler moments, keep an eye on the Chargers.