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Desmond Bishop joins the rising category this week.
Packers Week 6 Stock Report: The Green Bay Packers improved to 5-0 by beating the Atlanta Falcons 25-14 on Sunday night. The Packers overcame a 14-0 deficit and the loss of Chad Clifton to get the win.
Last season at this time, there’s no way the Packers win that game. But Aaron Rodgers is so good right now that the Packers are never out of a game.
It was tough finding candidates for the falling category this week. It was equally as tough limiting the rising category to three players.
Rodgers is the best player in the league right now. The Packers probably lose Sunday night if their quarterback is merely good. But Rodgers is great, and he played great once again on Sunday.
Bishop keyed the defensive turnaround by slicing through a gap and bringing down Michael Turner early in the second quarter. From there, the Packers D controlled the game and looked like the defense from last season.
Jennings typically hovers between steady and rising, but there’s no doubt where he belongs after five games. He’s one of the best route runners in the game and he’s been making plays in every game this season.
Crosby is a perfect 9 for 9 on FG attempts, including a huge 57-yarder on Sunday. Can’t be much more steady than that. Read more... (621 words + 1 image, estimated 2:29 mins reading time)
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Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers. (As heard on Cheesehead Radio 1/27/11 )
Al: Well, what can I say. After 13 long years, the Packers are back in the Super Bowl. Having survived a season racked with injuries and in jeopardy of not making the playoffs at all, the Packers found themselves winning 5 straight elimination games to propel themselves into the big game. The sweetest part, of course, was beating the Bears in their home for the NFC Championship.
Jayme: And the week that followed could easily be called controversy gate. We had Cutler-gate, Concussion-gate and Photo-gate. The Bears Jay Cutler was criticized by some former and current NFL players for supposedly tanking on his team. Bears fans vilified him, with some taking to burning his jersey. Never mind that this was a huge rush to judgement and Cutler really did have a serious injury.
Al: Yes Jayme, but I think Cutler brought this on himself. His dispassionate attitude on the sidelines would surely infuriate me if I was a Bears fan. Fortunately, I’m not and my quarterback is Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers, by the way, did a classy thing by coming out and saying he was very disappointed by the way Cutler was treated. Rodgers then mentioned the airport incident and noted that he has come to realize that you can never make everyone happy and as long as you know you’re a good person, that’s all that matters. Read more... (837 words + 3 images, estimated 3:21 mins reading time)
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Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Holly Phelps. (As heard on Cheesehead Radio 1/20/11 )
Al: There was a big to-do in CheeseheadNation this week about a scathing article Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk wrote about Aaron Rodgers. Accusing Rodgers of being a cad for not signing an autograph at the Green Bay airport, Florio got quite wholier than thou, lecturing Rodgers in his hack job piece on how Aaron needs to remember who pays his salary. Florio, of course, played up the “snubbed cancer patient” angle, essentially calling Rodgers a heel for not signing.
Holly: Soon after the initial hubub, the fan involved, Jan Cavanaugh, who is admittedly a serial autograph seeker and one that Rodgers signed for just the previous week, was aghast at the way Rodgers was being portrayed. She was not happy about it, and neither were the legions of fans on twitter who bombarded Florio with angry expressions of what they thought of him. Surprisingly, the previously defiant Florio later did a complete turn-around and wrote a long, supposedly sincere apology to Aaron Rodgers and Jan Cavanaugh.
Al: I’m not buying that apology for a minute, Holly, but let’s not give him any more attention. The bigger news this week, was the dismantling of the #1 seed Atlanta Falcons by the lowly 6th seed Green Bay Packers. The Falcons were reportedly upset before the game about not receiving the respect they deserved as the #1 seed in the NFC. Well, I think the Packers gave them just as much respect as they were due. Seems everyone was right and the Falcons were wrong. Read more... (823 words + 3 images, estimated 3:18 mins reading time)
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All season, Packers fans have been asking Aaron Rodgers to utilize short and intermediate routes. We’ve also been asking Mike McCarthy to run the ball more and the entire offense to score touchdowns on long drives. Finally, we’ve been asking James Jones to just catch the damn ball.
The Green Bay Packers’ offense did all of this on Saturday, and the result was a playoff victory over the Atlanta Falcons that will probably stay on my DVR forever.
If you asked me to describe the perfect Packers performance on offense, I still don’t think I could have described something as beautiful as what happened on Saturday. Consider this: Read more... (627 words + 1 image, estimated 2:30 mins reading time)
- As Gary D’Amato points out (http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/113834124.html), the numbers only begin to tell the story of Rodgers’ dominance. Yes, he completed 31 of 36 passes for 366 yards and 136.8 rating, but it was his rhythm that kept the offense humming. Rarely did Rodgers hold the ball too long and rarely did he wait for something to open downfield at the expense of an uncovered underneath receiver.
- To top it off, Rodgers’ attitude throughout the postseason is something we can all be proud of. Like any top quarterback, Rodgers has a quiet confidence about him (it’s probably fair to call it arrogance if you want), but his refusal to get caught up in the “postseason monkey off the back” story really stands out. When Rodgers speaks, you can tell he is proud of how he is playing, but is far from satisfied. He knows he has taken a giant step forward, but is not yet where he wants to be.
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As I’ve watched Aaron Rodgers progress over the last few years, there have been things that have amazed me and things that have given me concern. Gradually, he has eliminated the concerns and has reached a point where it’s just incredible fun to watch him play.
The statistics bear out his fine play. Rodgers is already #1 on the all-time NFL passer rating list. His performance yesterday was most likely the second best for a QB in playoff history, behind only Kurt Warner‘s unconscious performance against the Packers last season.
Mike Ditka called Rodgers’ game the finest QB playoff performance he’s seen in 50 years.
Rodgers’ own teammates were in awe of his performance.
Rodgers has now sent home two quarterbacks that made the Pro Bowl ahead of him.
The superlatives are flying.
But how would you describe Aaron Rodgers?
Well, ESPN’s Ross Tucker came up with the winner, in my opinion: “He throws like Dan Marino and runs like Steve Young.”
Just like Aaron Rodgers.
We Packers fans are a lucky group.
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Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network.
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