Guess he knew what he was talking about.
If you own him in Fantasy, his four-touchdown performance Week 4 at the Bears should bring you some relief. The Bears had been OK against the pass coming into the game, in part because they faced the Bills and the Jets in two of their first three games, but their shortcomings on the defensive side of the ball were evident. And Rodgers torched them, just like he did the Jets in Week 2.
The Lions weren't known as a standout defensive team prior to facing Rodgers, but they had another dandy of a performance Week 4 at the Jets, making them 4 for 4 in containing the pass this season. I'm thinking they were more the reason for Rodgers' struggles in Week 3 than Rodgers himself. And of course, we halfway expected Rodgers to struggle at Seattle in Week 1. Everyone not wearing a Seahawks uniform struggles there.
Rodgers is fine. He remains a stud quarterback in Fantasy and should be at his studliest Week 5 against Minnesota.
Rodgers completed 4 of 5 passes for 79 yards on a touchdown drive on the first possession of the game and remained on a roll the rest of the way. He finished 22 of 28 for 302 yards and with a season-best four scores.
He began his touchdown blitz with a 3-yarder to Jordy Nelson five minutes into the second quarter. By the time the teams had finished chewing up the turf, he had added another scoring strike to Nelson and two to Randall Cobb. He averaged nearly 14 yards per completion.
Rodgers, who added an 8-yard run to his prolific totals, has little time to enjoy the fruits of victory. His team hosts Minnesota on Thursday night.
You may be tempted to bench quarterback
It would make Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard sad, too, judging by their rankings for Week 4. Both have Rodgers either first or second at quarterback. No lie.
The crux of the frustration is that nobody really knows what the Lions defense is just yet. We halfway expected Rodgers to stink Week 1 at Seattle, but that was against a Super Bowl champion at a venue legendary for its difficulty. The Lions are just ... the Lions.
But they're also the team that intercepted Eli Manning twice in Week 1, limiting him to just 163 yards. They're also team that took down Cam Newton four times in Week 2 and that's allowed the fourth-fewest Fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Individually, those accomplishments count for little, but put them all together, culminating in Rodgers' Week 3 performance, and they begin to mean something.
So if you operate under the premise that Rodgers struggled against two of the league's toughest pass defenses and thrived against one of its most ordinary, you should like his chances in the weeks to come.
And that makes him a perfect buy-low right now.
Rodgers said the offense isn't playing fast enough or converting enough third downs. "We haven't made it easy on ourselves, but we're a resilient bunch," he said, via NFL.com. "We'll bounce back."
Added Rodgers: "Relax. We're going to be fine."
Green Bay visits the Bears on Sunday.
Rodgers completed 16 of 27 passes for 162 yards and a score. Detroit did a great job limiting Rodgers' big play ability. He averaged just 6.0 yards per attempt during the contest. The Lions also kept Rodgers from making plays with his legs. He did not attempt a rush all game. Rodgers was also hurt a bit by drops, as the Packers couldn't seem to haul in a couple passes during the game.
Rodgers will be rebound Week 4 against the Bears.
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