Packers Stock Report: OMG the Packers just lost to the Lions at home edition

Early in the season, I wrote that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a permanent place in the rising category of the weekly Packers Stock Report. Readers of this fine website were to assume Rodgers was a riser every week, until told otherwise.

Well, spoiler alert: Rodgers has lost his permanent spot and winds up in this week's falling category.

I'm not flabbergasted that the Packers have lost three straight games started by Rodgers. Even though the Packers typically respond well to regular season adversity, it wasn't out of the realm of possibility that a a prolonged slump could be caused by defensive ineptitude or special teams meltdowns. 

But bad quarterback play? Nah, that's not going to happen. Rodgers is human -- he'll have a bad game here and there -- but he won't struggle over an entire month.

That's what I thought, anyway. And I guess I thought wrong.

Rodgers' receivers are having a tough time getting open, and when they do break free, Rodgers has been missing them. The Packers offensive line has sprung a few leaks, but when the line holds up, Rodgers often dances out of the pocket anyway with his eye on the pass rush instead of downfield.

Rodgers' fundamentals in the pocket are also out of whack. We're seeing sidearm flings with both feet off the ground instead of strong throws where everything is pointed at the target.

Even Rodgers' postgame press conference game is off. Instead of adequately addressing questions about why his team just lost to the @#%^&%$ Lions at home, Rodgers made a political statement on Sunday. Hey, good for Rodgers for calling out that idiot "fan," but could you at least answer the football-related questions before climbing up on your soapbox?

Everything about this Packers team has been weird since the bye week, including the quarterback.

There are seven games left to play, which is plenty of time for things to turn from weird to normal again. And by normal, I mean the Packers start rolling over inferior teams like the Lions again and seizing control of the NFC North.

If that's going to happen, Rodgers needs to re-claim his permanent spot in the rising category.

On to the Stock Report:

Rising

Justin Perillo
He might look like the aging drummer from an 80s hair metal band you listened to as a kid, but just like Ratt with their 1984 release "Out of the Cellar," Perillo has brought it recently. When Rodgers needs a to make a play in the middle of the field, he's not afraid to sling it to one of the oddest looking players in the NFL.

Damarious Randall
I shuddered every time I saw Randall line up in single coverage against Calvin Johnson, but the kid held his own. 

Steady

T.J. Lang
Lang has been the most consistent Packers offensive lineman all season and his steady play continued against the Lions.

Falling

Aaron Rodgers
I want to blame Rodgers' skittishness and disappearing fundamentals on the offensive line's struggles, but Rodgers has had bad lines before and still managed to more than hold his own. For most of Rodgers career, we saw teams sitting back in a cover-2 shell, scared to death of blitzing. Now, everyone is stacking the box against the Packers and blitzing Rodgers like he's a rookie 7th-round draft pick making his first NFL start. Nobody is scared of the Packers offense right now, and until Rodgers get back on track, expect that unfortunate trend to continue. 

Randall Cobb
Catch. The. Damn. Ball.

Julius Peppers
The Packers haven't recorded a sack in their last three games. Those games have been against the Broncos, Panthers and Lions, all teams whose offensive lines do not exactly resemble the mid-90s Cowboys. Dom Capers' blitzes aren't getting home and Mike Daniels has been the only defensive linemen to get much of a push. Julius Peppers has also dropped off the face of the Earth. Has age finally caught up with 'ol Julius? Or is he just in a weird rut like the rest of this Packers team?
 

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zoellner25's picture

November 18, 2015 at 02:06 pm

Everyone has to watch Xs and Os with Leroy Butler. ARod is just flat out not throwing to guys who actually are open. He has guys open on these examples and just prefers the deeper sideline routes.

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/

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White92's picture

November 18, 2015 at 02:40 pm

Thanks for that. Hard to imagine Rodgers would ever be struggling like this.

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Packer_Pete's picture

November 18, 2015 at 03:59 pm

Thank you! Maybe we can finally putting that 'WRs are not getting open' thing to rest.... They are. maybe not as often as they should, but they are open. And especially against the Lions, they were open all day long.,,,

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DrealynWilliams's picture

November 18, 2015 at 05:06 pm

But when I....never mind.

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dobber's picture

November 18, 2015 at 04:17 pm

"Has age finally caught up with 'ol Julius?"

I don't want to seem reactionary, but this might be the case. He plays too many snaps, and Jayrone Elliot notched exactly 0 defensive snaps on Sunday against Detroit.

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Since '61's picture

November 18, 2015 at 04:44 pm

As I mentioned in a few posts earlier this week that I believed Rodgers is playing with an injury which is affecting his throwing and sure enough Mike Spofford at Packers.com just posted an article indicating that Rodgers has a right shoulder injury and was limited in practice today. IMO opinion this does not excuse his recent poor performances but it helps explain some of it. If he is going to play he needs to execute injured or not. However, at least now we can eliminate most of the ridiculous speculation about not trusting receivers, or he's a stat fiend afraid to throw interceptions, or that he is at odds with the play caller ( which is usually himself BTW) and of course the most ridiculous excuse of all that it is Olivia's fault. To me, Rodgers throwing motion has been off since early in the Denver game. Maybe he was hurt before the bye, but I didn't pick it up until Denver. Knowing he is hurt could be why the whole team has been down. Regardless, it's time for this team to step up and rally around their leader, especially the OL. No excuses, go out and play. Go Pack! Thanks, Since '61

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4thand1's picture

November 18, 2015 at 06:38 pm

Lets talk A. Luck. He looks pathetic, playing behind a bad o-line, no running game, and of course, an injury or two. Its why this is a team game. The QB gets all the credit/blame, I've said this all the time. Denver was 7-0 and it was all the defense, but the media still counts them as Manning wins. Then the Packers never laid a finger on him. So lately all the teams have figured out the Packers on offense and defense. Whats the next game plan, more of the same? Insanity!

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egbertsouse's picture

November 19, 2015 at 08:13 am

Can't somebody ban this douche?

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