Packers Stock Report Week 4

My thoughts on the week 4 loss as well as the first quater of the season.

The Packers three-game winning streak was snapped on Thursday Night.  Now the Packers are tasked with fixing the areas that went wrong and improving upon the areas they excelled in.  In the next 8 days, the Packers must put together some kind of run defense or this is going to get ugly in a hurry.  

This stock report will highlight the good and the bad from both the Eagle game as well as the first four games of the season.  

Players I'm Buying:

I'm still buying another 1,000 shares of Smith INC:

1. Smith INC:

Preston and Za'Darius Smith have been the highlights of an impressive free-agent class.  Together they have combined for 7.5 sacks, 26 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble.  Going into Thursday's game, the law firm of Smith INC was responsible for a combined 36 quarterback pressures which were more than Denver, Oakland, and Miami had as a team.  It will always leave a bitter taste in the mouth that Chicago ended up with Khalil Mack, but, if Smith INC can generate pressures and combine for double-digit sacks on most years, this has a chance to be a very special pass-rushing unit for years to come.

2. Brian Gutekunst:

Gutekunst was brought on to accomplish a very difficult job, preserve the recent winning tradition of the franchise while changing the culture of the team.  During the last two offseasons, Gutekunst moved on from the majority of his predecessor's players and cleaned out most of the McCarthy era coaching staff.  Now, with a new coaching staff and an almost completely new nucleus of players, Gutekunst has the Packers off to a 3-1 start.  His free-agent class of 2019 looks to be one of the best Packer free-agent classes in years as it has completely revitalized the defense.  Gutekunst also helped transform the secondary by adding Jaire Alexander and Darnell Savage in each of the last two drafts.  All in all the complete overhaul of the roster has had positive returns thus far and has given the Packers optimism and a bright future.  

From Week 4:

1. Davante Adams:

Davante had a career day as he picked apart the Eagles secondary en route to a 10 reception 180-yard game.  Aaron Rodgers accomplished what he set out to do by targeting Adams 15 times and making him a centerpiece of the gameplan.  Unfortunately, Adams suffered a toe injury in crunch time and could miss time in the upcoming weeks which will force the team to reevaluate the wide receiver position.  

2. Jimmy Graham:

After being shut out for two straight weeks, Jimmy Graham came to life again as he was targeted 9 times and had 6 receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown.  Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur both made it a point to say they would be targeting Jimmy Graham more and would be trying to make him a more integral part of the offense.  I think with Davante Adams's health in question for the foreseeable future, Graham could see significant reps in the slot to make up for some of Adams production.

3. Geronimo Allison:

On Tuesday, I said Geronimo Allison needed to step up or he would be out of town at season's end.  Clearly, he read my article and told me I was an asshole by promptly catching 3 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown.  Allison will have to step up even more especially if Davante Adams misses or isn't at 100% for the next several weeks.

 

Sell, Sell, Sell

1. The Packers Run Defense:

After stuffing the Bears running game in week 1, the Packers have had less than a zero percent chance of stopping any running back in each of their last three games, and on Thursday night, it came back to bite them.  The Eagles dominated the point of attack and rushed for 176 yards.  Mike Pettine and his staff better fix the run defense in the next week or Ezekiel Elliot will have 200 total yards and bludgeon them to death in Dallas.

2. The Special Teams (week 4):

Between the kick-off coverage and Mason Crosby's dreadful kickoffs, the special teams unit putt the Packers defense behind the eight ball and changed the momentum of the game in the Eagles favor.  Without Miles Sanders game-changing kick off return, the Packers may have been able to create just enough distance on the scoreboard to prevent a loss.  Unfortunately, that did not happen and the kickoff team continued to be a problem throughout the game.

3. Officiating (As always):

Let me start by saying, the officials did not in any way cost the Packers a win on Thursday, their play calling at the 1-yard line, run defense, and special teams performances did that.  What the officials did do, however, was piss off everyone who was watching because they have no idea what the hell a pass interference is.  Also, the NFL is so full of shit when they talk about player safety and allow players who head hunt, like Derek Barnett, to remain in the game.  As always, Goodell is driving the clown car off a cliff and it's only week 4.  

4. LaFleur's play calling at the 1:

To say LaFleur and his offense shit the bed at the goal line would be the understatement of the century.  With 2 drives that culminated inside the 3-yard line, the Packers did not score a point.  That's bruuuuutal!

When you add up no run defense, poor play from the special teams unit, and rancid goal-line offense you have the result of a 34-27 brutal home loss.  

Despite all of my bitching, I would have absolutely signed up for a 3-1 start to the season.  It is with this in mind that I predict the future is bright for the Packers.

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David Michalski is a staff writer for Cheesehead TV. He can be found on Twitter @kilbas27dave 

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Rebecca's picture

September 28, 2019 at 12:52 pm

This experience sucks

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carlos's picture

September 28, 2019 at 01:14 pm

Thanks for answering my question on Daniels yesterday on Daniels Rebecca. You probably didn’t see my thank you post from yesterday. Maybe it’s good the Pack let him go with all the injuries, but I always liked him. I believe if the Patriots were in the Thursday game, in the Packers spot, more calls would’ve went their way. Packers or Rogers don’t get pampered the way Brady does. All talk and radio shows talk and question why the Pack didn’t run down by the goal line. I agree and will leave it at that. Nice to see Graham step up, but he wasn’t without some issues. My main one is -use two hands to catch the ball. Every team has flaws and die hard Packers fans know where they are. My main concern is the lines on both sides of the ball. Go Pack!

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September 29, 2019 at 04:03 pm

Care to elaborate?

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Rebecca's picture

September 29, 2019 at 04:52 pm

Your article is great, but my cheeseheadtv app kept crashing whenever I hit “return”. i gad to toss it. Also, because of all the reviews of questionable calls, the game got so disjointed that it lost coherence.

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September 29, 2019 at 04:03 pm

Care to elaborate?

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Lare's picture

September 28, 2019 at 01:20 pm

I would sell stock in both the offensive and defensive lines.

Also, pretty quiet night from the free agent & draft acquisitions. If they continue play like this against the Cowboys it ain't going to be pretty.

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carlos's picture

September 28, 2019 at 01:46 pm

Cowboy game scares me. One thing though- as poorly as the game went the Packers still had a chance to win- thanks to Rogers will. Another thing- in high school a hole for a running back is there for awhile. In college it closes pretty quick. Now from my vantage point, on tv, they close instantly. Pro game is fast and violent. Knew a guy who knew Marriucci and years ago got to watch Packers and the Bears game by Packers bench. He said it was so crazy it scared the u know what out of him and he played college ball at Northern Michigan.

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September 28, 2019 at 04:07 pm

If the NFL sold stock, I wouldn't buy it.

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September 28, 2019 at 04:12 pm

You’re buying Jimmy Graham stock? Would you like to buy 1000 shares of stock in my unicorn ranch?

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DavidMichalski's picture

September 29, 2019 at 08:07 am

From week 4, not for the season (read the fine print) 1,000 shares of Smith INC, hell yea

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Daren726's picture

September 29, 2019 at 06:52 am

Let’s face it. Rodgers only has two and a half veteran receivers. 17, 80, and 81 as the half. The rest are inexperienced. So, if Davante is out, he will have to rely on Jimmy and Geronimo. MVS is going through the same thing Jordy and James Jones went through in their first couple of years....inconsistency. He doesn’t always make the catch. It might take a while for him to completely get it. So, yes, we have to hold or buy our Jimmy stock for now.

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September 29, 2019 at 08:27 am

When we lost Greene and M. Adams, our run D went down hill fast. It probably won't improve until Adams and/or Burks get back on the field. Dallas is designed perfectly to decimate our defense as is.

And AR has to learn one simple lesson: look for the open receiver, not the receiver you trust. Its the coach's job to put the best guys on the field, its your job to connect with whoever is there and open.

That is all.

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sam1's picture

September 30, 2019 at 03:36 pm

Funny I said same thing and got 10 thumbs down and I agree wholeheartedly with your beliefs!

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Daren726's picture

September 29, 2019 at 10:24 am

Kind of like the phrase Holy Crap. LOL

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September 29, 2019 at 10:43 am

I'm selling my shares of MLF due to the first failure to get it into the end zone. Maybe he will figure it out with more experience, but I got a lot of bad deja vu flashback vibes on that.

The run defense is beyond selling. If you had any stock in that, it's now toilet paper after this dumpster fire of a performance, especially when stacked on the previous game.

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