All Aboard!! The Green Bay Packer train is leaving the station and for those who aren’t on board (or who have jumped off) will be stranded in the middle of fantasy limbo for future weeks to come.
Two weeks ago when Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers told the media and the NFL world to R-E-L-A-X, he wasn’t kidding. Packer fans along with fantasy football fans as a whole were all wondering what was wrong in Green Bay given the Packers 1-2 start to the NFL season and most of their players under performing from a fantasy perspective.Coming out of the gates in week one when the Packers lost to the defending Super Bowl Champs, the Seattle Seahawks, I gave the Packers a pass given who they played and the stadium in which they were playing (Seattle is unbelievable at home). The fantasy numbers in that game weren’t exactly great as Rodgers passed for 189 yards and 1 score. Lacy was only able to manage 12 carries for 34 yards in that game.
In week two they were able to pull out a win over the New York Jets ,who let’s face it, aren’t exactly the epitome of what an NFL winning team is suppose to look like. The win against the Jet’s didn’t make me feel any different one way or another about the Packers given they were suppose to beat them, right? The team’s fantasy numbers did increase however as Rodgers passed for 346 yards to go with 3 touchdowns. While Lacy continued to struggle, the Green Bay receiving duo of Nelson and Cobb did very well combining for 14 receptions, 248 yards and 3 scores.
Then we moved on to week three when the Packers faced one of their divisional opponents in the Detroit Lions. This was an opponent that would tell us a little bit more about who the Packers are this season and what we may expect from them. Well, the outcome wasn’t very assuring when they lost 19-7 in Detroit. The teams fantasy numbers suffered as well as Rodgers only completed 16 of 27 pass attempts for 162 yards and 1 score; Eddie Lacy again struggled gaining 36 yards on 11 carries while Nelson and Cobb caught 8 passes for 88 yards and no touchdowns on the day.
Panic set in amongst some of the Green Bay faithful and fantasy owners alike and it was then that Rodgers advised us all to “RELAX”.
Since Rodgers made that comment after week three, the Packers have been on a roll the last two weeks of the NFL season. Firing on all cylinders, pretty much every relative fantasy player on the Packers offense have been playing at the caliber in which we all expected. Over the past two weeks, the Packers offensive fantasy numbers have looked like this:
Aaron Rodgers: 34 of 45 for 458 yards and 7 touchdowns
Eddie Lacy: 30 attempts for 153 yards and 3 touchdowns
Jordy Nelson: 11 receptions for 174 yards and 3 touchdowns
Randall Cobb: 10 receptions for 147 yards and 3 touchdowns
When they hosted their divisional opponent, the Minnesota Vikings last night at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Rodgers took a bit of his own advice and “relaxed” in the fourth quarter of the game. Green Bay had such a commanding lead over the Vikings 42-0 going into the fourth, the Packers elected to sit some of their starters. Minnesota was able to manage 10 points in the fourth quarter, leaving the final score 42-10 in favor of Green Bay.
A few glaring offensive statistics that contributed to the Green Bay win in only 3 quarters of play are:
Rodgers went 12 of 17 for 156 yards and 3 touchdowns; Eddie Lacy had a season high 105 yards and 2 scores on 13 carries in the game; Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb combined for 4 receptions for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Let’s see if Green Bay can continue their winning ways and big fantasy numbers in week six when they take on the Miami Dolphins on the road in Miami. All Aboard!!!!