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.
McCarthy should probably go in the rising category, but we’ll keep him here for now. I love how open-minded McCarthy has become. He’s allowed Capers to make any type of adjustments needed on defense and he’s constantly trying new things throughout the course of a game on offense.
Not only did Raji continue his stellar play on Sunday, he let the Falcons have it during postgame interviews. Much respect to Raji for taking care of business on the field, then calling it like he sees it after the game.
For those of you that play video games, go fire up your old Sega Genesis and play a version of Madden from the mid 90s, then play the latest version of Madden for the PS3. You’ll notice that the old Madden is much…more…slower than the latest PS3 version. Unfortunately, Hawk is stuck in the old version of Madden. He looks slow, and there’s no explosion whatsoever when he tries to make a play on the ball.
Chad Clifton’s Health
It looks like Clifton could be out for a while with a hamstring injury. I guess most Packers fans kind of expected Clifton to get hurt at some point this season, but that doesn’t make us feel any better about it. Hopefully he doesn’t have to go on IR and returns at some point.
I get that QBs should avoid getting hit if possible, but sometimes when your team needs a first down, you have to suck it up and take a hit or two. Ryan was about two yards from a first down in the third quarter on Sunday, and he chose to slide instead of fighting for it. He’s lucky one of his teammates didn’t slap him in the face.
The Packers opened as 15-point favorite against the Rams. I don’t care how much they win by, but I would like to see the defense continue improving and the two backup tackles to keep getting better. Green Bay could be 6-0 after Sunday. How long before the ’72 Dolphins start getting nervous?