Week 11 Packers Stock Report: Nelson and Williams Rising, Grant and Sitton Falling
The 49ers? If the Packers get ahead by more than 10 points, I don’t think Alex Smith has the arm to bring them back.
The Giants? Their pass rush is scary, but not much else.
The Saints? It’d be high scoring, but the Packers would prevail.
The Lions? Puhleaze.
The Cowboys? They’re talented, but don’t have the cajones to hang with the Packers.
The Bears? They’ve got as good a shot as any.
Packers stock is at an all-time high right now, and I’m not talking about the certificates fans buy to hang on their wall and support the team. I’m talking about the ridiculous level of play we’re seeing from the Packers right now.
These first nine games have been amazing, but the ride is just getting started. We don’t truly find out who the good teams are until after Thanksgiving. Right now, nobody can touch the Packers. But there’s a long way to go.
Lets get to the stock report.
I’m sick of always putting Rodgers in the rising category, so lets give him a partner this week. Led by Rodgers, the Packers beat the Vikings Monday night. Led by QB Russell Wilson, the Wisconsin Badgers beat the Minnesota Gophers on Saturday. Rodgers and Wilson combined were 39-for-47 for 428 yards, eight TDs and zero INTs. Their combined passer rating was 144.2 and they threw just as many TDs as incompletions (a perfect NFL passer rating is 158.3). The two teams from Minnesota had no chance (stats courtesy of Judd Zulgad).
As Williams’ shoulder continues to improve, so does his play. The CB has interceptions in two straight games and played the sort of tight coverage against the Vikings that we got used to seeing last season.
Which was worse: The mauling Junior Dos Santos put on Cain Velasquez during Saturday night’s UFC fight, or the mauling Nelson put on Cedric Griffin during his touchdown catch and run Monday night? I vote for Nelson.
Bishop has sacks in his last two games and has recorded fewer than eight tackles only twice this season.
The most steady receiver in the NFL has a touchdown in all but two games in 2011.
Remember when we used to complain about McCarthy’s playcalling? Neither do I.
Grant looks a step behind everyone else on the field. Since gaining 92 yards against the Bears in week three, Grant has totaled just 96 yards and averages 2.7 yards per carry. I’m not saying he should be benched, but the talent gap between Grant and Starks right now is wide. Of course, we’ve counted Grant out before and he’s proved us wrong.
Nelson has gotten better since signing a contract extension, Sitton has regressed — at least for now. The best way to throw a star QB (or any QB) off his game is to get pressure up the middle. Sitton allowed several inside pressures on Monday and hasn’t played at a pro-bowl level recently. Hopefully it’s just a rough patch and he straightens out down the stretch.
Showing emotion and getting excited after making a play is a good thing. Just because your team is losing doesn’t mean you should act stoic and uniterested after making a play. However, there’s a right way to show emotion and a wrong way. Jared Allen, Minnesota’s favorite redneck, chose the wrong way Monday night. With his team getting dominated by the Packers yet again, Allen sacked Rodgers in the second quarter and went into his silly cow roping celebration.
I have a question for you Jared Allen: Why not put down the cow rope and celebrate with your teammates for a change? Your team stinks and is getting throttled. Is it necessary to run away from the rest of your team just so you can do your schtick in front of the Monday Night Football cameras? Next time go find a couple of teammates and celebrate with them. Maybe Chad Greenway will even let you lassoo him.——————