Rodgers was his usual smooth self in Sunday’s easy win over Washington. He threw for 274 yards and 3 scores, giving him 2+ scores in 6 straight following the ugly opener. (Rodgers was QB4 for Week 7.) For the first score, he hit Davante Adams on a rollout throw across his body. Later, Rodgers connected with Allen Lazard and Robert Tonyan for scores on well-placed balls. Green Bay went pass heavy in this one, an unusual development for a team that’s been mid-pack in pass rate (58.75%). Look for them to lean run (when they can) at Arizona on Thursday night, as Adams will sit while on the COVID list. After that comes a sweet draw at Kansas City.
Rodgers had another stellar fantasy day against the Bears this week. He went 17 of 23 for 195 yards and 2 TDs. He also ran for 19 yards and another TD. After what is appearing to be the outlier performance from Week 1, Rodgers has thrown 2 or more TDs in every game. This was also the 2nd performance in the last 3 where Rodgers added a TD on the ground.
Going forward, Rodgers is showing he picked right back up after last year's monster season. The TDs are not stopping despite the rotating cast of playmakers beyond Davante Adams and Aaron Jones. Rodgers remains a must start going forward.
In a game that Rodgers would’ve likely thrown about 30 passes, 3 missed FGs by Mason Crosby that could’ve won the game for the team kept extending the game by putting the ball back in the QB’s hands. Otherwise, this game was all about Rodgers and Davante Adams, as the duo connected for over 200 of the QB’s 344 yards and 1 of the TDs. The other score actually came on a screen pass to A.J. Dillon, who made an athletic dive to get inside the pylon on the 12-yard score.
It’s becoming clear that 2020 may have been 1 of 2 outlier fantasy seasons that Rodgers has had in his career, and that he’ll be a good, but not elite fantasy option. This game was the first time he went over 261 yards, and the 3rd straight game he’s thrown exactly 2 TDs. On the year, he’s only surpassed 2 TDs once, and he’s no longer a factor on the ground, running for negligible yardage while not finding the end zone this year. He’ll continue to be a strong top-12 QB, but top-5 seems unlikely.
Rodgers threw for 248 yards and 2 TDs, completing 20 of his 36 passes. He also added 2 yards and a TD on 3 rushing attempts. This was his 3rd straight multi-TD game of the season, tallying 9 total over that span.
Going forward, Aaron Rodgers is incredibly safe and reliable. The majority of weeks, Rodgers will have a chance to be the overall QB1 while providing a very safe floor. Can a game like we saw Week 1 happen? Obviously. But those performances are very few and far between.
With his team down a point and only 37 seconds left on the clock (with no timeouts), Rodgers was able to lead the Packers down the field for a game-winning FG. He has a top receiver and fed him all night long. Rodgers finished his night 23/33 for 261 yards and 2 scores.
Rodgers has a seemingly tough matchup on deck against Pittsburgh. However, the Steelers have been more vulnerable than usual in the secondary this year. The Pittsburgh defense has already surrendered 799 passing yards and 6 passing TDs through 3 games.
We have Rodgers ranked at QB11 this week and QB11 the rest of the season.
The death of Rodgers after one bad game was greatly overstated. He completed 22 of 27 passes for 255 and 4 TDs in the Monday night win over Detroit. He looked like his old self, taking deep shots, catching defenders napping and utilizing a bevy of pass catchers.
Going forward there is little reason to doubt the Packers QB. While his TD rate from a season ago is likely not sustainable, he showed that ceiling performances are absolutely still in his range of outcomes.
First, we will say that this game should be thrown out. It was a disaster from the start and the Packers looked like they weren’t ready to play. This starts with Rodgers. After only seeing pressure on 24% of his drop backs in 2020, Rodgers saw that number jump to 35% in Week 1. Because of that pressure, Rodgers didn’t look comfortable all day as he had the 5th lowest QB grade by Pro Football Focus when under pressure. This could be due to the offensive line changes as they are going through a shakeup. Rookie Josh Myers is taking over for PFF’s #1 graded center in 2020 Corey Linsley and All Pro LT David Bakhtiari is on the PUP list.
The good news for the Packers is that they get the Lions in Week 2. The Lions just allowed 41 points to the 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 314 yards on just 25 attempts. We think this matchup justifies giving Aaron Rodgers a second chance in your starting lineup this week.