Packers Stock Report: Week 12

Your weekly stock report after a week 12 win over the Chicago Bears.

After a crushing loss last week at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts, the Green Bay Packers dominated the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football. Jumping out to a 27 to 3 lead in the second quarter, the 201st meeting of the NFL’s oldest rivalry was basically over before halftime.

Totaling 182 yards on the ground and 211 yards in the air, Green Bay’s offense was as balanced as it's been all year. Meanwhile, the defense managed three takeaways, including a strip-sack returned for a touchdown. Chicago has now lost five in a row, and the Packers improved to 8-3 while widening their lead in the NFC North.

Here is the week 12 stock report on the heels of a bounce-back win over the Bears:

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Darnell Savage

The 2019 first-round pick had the best game of his career against Chicago. Savage showcased his playmaking ability by picking off Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky not once, but twice. Green Bay’s second-year safety showcased great athleticism on both picks to help stifle the opposing offense. In 24 career games, Savage has totaled four career interceptions. He appears to have turned a corner of late, showing up more and more in recent weeks.

The Offensive Line

For the second week in a row, the Packers had to shuffle the offensive line because of injuries. After center Corey Linsley was sidelined with a knee injury, Elgton Jenkins took his spot and rookie Jon Runyan moved to left guard. However, Green Bay’s line didn’t miss a beat as they opened up rushing lanes for Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. Aaron Rodgers wasn’t sacked a single time, and the Chicago defense didn’t record a single quarterback hit. Against a Bears defensive front consisting of Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn, and Roquan Smith, the offensive line had a great showing all around.

Preston Smith

You have to give credit where credit is due. Smith had one of his better games of 2020 and topped it off with a defensive touchdown. The 14-yard fumble return was the most impactful play Smith had against Chicago, but he also had a nice day defending the run and rushing the passer. Smith protected the edge with great patience and gap integrity. He also made a key sack on third down to halt a Bears drive to start the second half.

Kevin King

King flashed his ball skills with three pass deflections on Sunday night. He should have had an interception to prevent a Chicago touchdown in the fourth, but the Packers starting corner still had a good day nonetheless. He helped break up a touchdown early on by prying the ball from wide receiver Allen Robinson in the back of the end zone. Overall, King had some great breaks on the ball in what was one of his best performances of the year.

Sell

Christian Kirksey

Green Bay’s inside linebacker had a rough outing in week 12 with some costly mistakes in coverage and against the run. He was caught out of position on David Montgomery’s 57-yard run and had multiple lapses in coverage. During the second quarter, Kirksey had a pass interference while covering tight end Cole Kmet in the end zone on third down. The penalty extended the Bears' drive, which resulted in a touchdown. In fact, Trubisky had most of his success when targeting Kirksey, who was seemingly always in the wrong place in coverage. 

 

 

Brandon Carwile is a Packers writer who also enjoys watching and breaking down film. Follow him on Twitter @PackerScribe.

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Coldworld's picture

December 02, 2020 at 12:13 pm

Have to note the ST performance too after the issues of the last couple of weeks.

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Lphill's picture

December 02, 2020 at 12:52 pm

Nice win no doubt but against the weak Bears offense, Trubisky still moved the ball pretty good , lets hope Pettine doesn't make Wentz look like a pro bowler.

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dobber's picture

December 02, 2020 at 01:58 pm

"Trubisky still moved the ball pretty good "

Trubisky over the entire game: 26-46-242, 3 TD, 2 INT, 5.3 ypa, 56.5% completion
Trubisky up 'til the last two drives (41-10): 12-23-120, 1 TD, 2 INT, 5.3 ypa, 52.2% completion
Trubisky over the last two drives: 14-23-122, 2 TD, 0 INT, 5.3 ypa, 60.9% completion

There's nothing good there. The Bears had less than 200 yards of total offense over the game going into those last two drives against the soft prevent, and 57 came on the Bears' second play from scrimmage. He still wasn't good against the Packers prevent at the end...that line isn't replacement level play. Whether Trubisky was trash because he's trash, or whether he was trash because the Packers made him look like trash is up for debate, but if Wentz puts up a line like this on Sunday, it means the Packers probably won going away.

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Lphill's picture

December 02, 2020 at 03:44 pm

So why did the Packers leave in Rodgers if the game was so out of reach? Because nobody but you trusts Pettine and his soft defense.

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13TimeChamps's picture

December 02, 2020 at 04:25 pm

And nobody but you thinks Trubisky played a good game.

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Coldworld's picture

December 02, 2020 at 05:43 pm

He just wants to have a reason to chastise our D, but the fact is it didn’t play badly last week within the confines of Pettine’s plan and one can’t even really complain about the prevent in the 4th quarter. It did exactly what it’s designed to do: let the bears eat their own clock. Still don’t like it and I still think Pettine holds his players back, but it’s nevertheless true.

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dobber's picture

December 02, 2020 at 04:59 pm

All I did was rebut your assertion that Trubisky was good...and clearly he was not. Baked into the comment was the statement that people could decide for themselves what the cause of that lousy play was...Pettine's name or an endorsement of the defense was never there. I guess you could read my statement the way you did...it certainly helps to promote a specific narrative.

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jlc1's picture

December 02, 2020 at 01:21 pm

Pro bowler? Just like Pettine to just put 10 guys out there for Wentz to knock down :)

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PatrickGB's picture

December 02, 2020 at 01:39 pm

“Aaron Rodgers wasn’t sacked a single time, and the Chicago defense didn’t record a single quarterback hit”.
I guess that the Bears “roughing the passer” penalty does not count as a QB hit?

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

December 02, 2020 at 05:50 pm

Accepted penalties negate the play.

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Coldworld's picture

December 02, 2020 at 05:53 pm

Technically no, it doesn’t. Even if it had stood, it hardly would have negated the point.

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dobber's picture

December 02, 2020 at 10:09 pm

It really wasn't much of a hit.

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Archie's picture

December 02, 2020 at 01:42 pm

You forgot to put a buy on EQ. He is coming on big-time.

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Bure9620's picture

December 02, 2020 at 08:48 pm

Yes he is, I always thought he had the most upside of the 3 WRs they drafted.....I like his run after catch ability, big target..

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Guam's picture

December 03, 2020 at 08:04 am

I hope EQ strings a few good performances together as the Packers really need him to develop for a playoff run. I haven't been able to figure out why he had such a slow start to this year, but the Chicago game gave me hope that he is finally shaking off the rust and asserting his talent.

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Christian Roussel's picture

December 02, 2020 at 02:57 pm

Kevin King did play a heck of a game against the Bears.

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Leatherhead's picture

December 03, 2020 at 12:08 am

Buy: As usual, buy the offense. We have now scored 40 + against every NFC North opponent. Three out of four games. It very much looks to me that the only thing that can stop this offense is this offenese. IF they don't stop themselves, they get to the endzone.

Buy: This Gutekunst/Lafleur/Pettine combo is now 21-6, which is one of the better Packer runs of the last 50 years. The 96-97 Packers went 26-6. The 2001-2002 Packers had a 24-5 stretch. In 2010-2011 we were 25-7. So these are the good times, boys. Enjoy them.

Sell: Shepherd, of course. I couldn't believe they put him back on the practice squad after if screwup in duplicate against Detroit last year. But obviously they thought he might be a player and they gave him another chance and he did it again. We're entering the home stretch with a chance at the top seed and I just don't think we can give him another chance to hurt us.

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December 02, 2020 at 10:33 pm

From my point of view, it looked like Sullivan got beat pretty bad by mooney and whoever else he was covering sunday. So far, imo, he is not looking like kks replacement. There is room to grow still and i hope he does.

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December 02, 2020 at 11:10 pm

I think he's held up better than I could have ever dreamed considering he went undrafted. Anyway, Sullivan plays like 60 - 70% of the snaps so we're going to need another corner if King leaves regardless. Sadly, I don't think Jackson is anything more than a backup dime cb, so we're either going to need Hollman to ascend or draft/sign someone. Given the price of CBs and the Packers cap situation, I'm guessing we'll be spending another early pick on a CB...

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