Week 6 Stock Report: 5-1 Feels Good!

The Packers continue to show that they can win a game in a variety of different ways.  The latest victory tested the team's resilience for 59 minutes and 58 seconds but eventually, the Packers made enough plays to emerge victorious from the Lions Den.  Yea, I know that's corny, but for the last two years playing against the Lions was like being thrown into the Lion's den.  It was nice to see the packers slay the Lions with big plays in the passing and running game in the fourth quarter to complete their comeback.  

These are the players that I thought impacted Monday's 23-22 victory.

Buy Buy Buy:

1. The Law Firm of Smith ESQ.

I know I praise the Smith's every week, but isn't it awesome to have a legitimate pass rush?!?!  The duo is responsible for 13 sacks this season (7 from Preston and 6 from Captain Z) and always seems to make a play on third down to hold opposing offenses to field goals or get the Packers defense off of the field.  This week, the duo made sure to introduce themselves to Matthew Stafford to give him a taste of what's in store for the next four years.  

2. Allen Lazard

Lazard was the difference-maker in Monday Night's win as he capitalized on all of his opportunities.  Lazard showed off his combination of size, speed, strength, and strong hands as he made a contested grab for a touchdown and bulldozed his way through defenders for important yards after the catch during Green Bay's game-winning drive.  Hopefully, Lazard will continue to get opportunities to make plays in the passing game and provide some production during Davante Adams's absence.  

3. Jamaal Williams

Not only did Jamaal Williams shoulder the load at times and have a great game, but he did not alter his running style after being severely concussed during the Eagles game.  Coming back from a vicious hit like that has to be tough, so it shouldn't be unnoticed that Jamaal was ready to step right in and play a vital role in the Packer offense.  

4. Aaron Rodgers

I know he is the superstar quarterback who has the mega-contract and the fame that comes along with that, but Aaron has been nothing but a team player this year.  He has committed to moving the ball down the field by whatever means necessary (relying on check-downs and the running game), he has adapted to a new offensive system, and he has made it work with a less than stellar group of wide receivers, all while still managing to help lead the team to a 5-1 record.

 

Sell, sell, sell

1. Darrius Shepherd

Darrius would have been the storyline in Green Bay had the Packers not come back and defeated the Lions.  His bonehead plays single-handedly gift-wrapped the Lions with points and took points off the board for the Packers.  Shepherd better get his shit together quickly or the team will have to consider looking for a more productive alternative.  

2. ESPN's Monday Night Crew

For future Monday Night Packer games, I would highly advise you all to mute your televisions and tune into the Packers Watch Party with Corey and Aaron.  Tessitore and Booger aren't worthy enough to hold their beers, it's as simple as that.  

3. The Bitching and Moaning about the Hands to the Face Calls

Look, we all can agree the NFL is a clown car disaster when it comes to officiating and Alberto Riveron is a complete bafoon, but Packer fans are the last people that want to hear about being gifted a game because of officials.  Let me remind all of you jackasses of the unmitigated disaster that was the "Fail Mary" game in Seattle, or the constant trolling of Clay Matthews last year for "roughing" the passer, or phantom touches by the Packers punt returners that resulted in a "fumble" in Detroit.  Take your bitching and moaning somewhere else, if anything, the Packers earned those two calls on Monday Night.  (Actually, I came across some freeze-framed images that showed Bakhtiari's neck area being grabbed, so sorry, not sorry?) 

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

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zoellner25's picture

October 16, 2019 at 12:32 pm

Booger was awful, no doubt about that. Glad I don't watch MNF anymore unless Packers are playing

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canadapacker's picture

October 16, 2019 at 05:23 pm

Booger or Troy - Booger or Troy - boy that is a tough call - Booger or Troy - I vote for neither.

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Hawg Hanner's picture

October 17, 2019 at 05:41 pm

The current MNF crew is the worst ever and can't last after this season.

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johngalt's picture

October 16, 2019 at 12:50 pm

Heard this a lot, but what specifically didn’t people like about the announcers? Booger called it like he saw it. Pretty much agreed with him- and I’m a Packers fan. Is it cool to whine about anyone when they don’t validate, affirm, and reinforce the outcome we as fans want ? Hate to be the “get off my lawn” guy, but that’s a pretty millennial way to go through life. Footballs a tough sport, thank god those that do this aren’t lacing em up. Go Pack!

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Guam's picture

October 16, 2019 at 02:14 pm

I gave you a thumbs up for having the courage to call out the whining, but I will disagree about McFarland. He did not seem well prepared concerning the Packers (kept calling them a big screen play team when the Packers haven't been a big screen team for nearly a decade) and was unbalanced in his coverage of the penalties. Refs decide the outcomes of games in the NFL all the time (which the author pointed out in the article) and have adversely impacted the Packers on several occasions in recent years. McFarland should have been well prepared enough to point that out instead of just moaning "that just can't happen" when refs make a game changing call.

The officiating was uneven, but McFarland was unprepared which was much worse in my view.

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October 16, 2019 at 04:29 pm

Read the rule for Illegal Hands to the Face penalty and you'll understand why the officials made the call. The problem with Booger is that he is supposed to provide the fans with an accurate description of what is going on, what the rules are and why a flag has been thrown. Instead he was throwing a hissy fit about the officials impact on the game when in fact the official (in this case the Umpire, BTW) made 2 good calls.

Booger obviously is not aware of the rules for Illegal use of the Hands. He is interpreting hands to the face literally. He needs to learn the rules, however, unfortunately he is allowed to mislead the fans with his his hissy fit misinterpretation of the rules to try to get ratings for his failing broadcast rather than enabling fans like yourself to understand the rules and what is actually happening in the game.

That is what those of us who know what we are watching are upset about and what we don't like about the announcers. We're not whining we are frustrated with the stupidity of the broadcasters and their misleading of the fans watching the game. This is also why fans like myself turn the sound off and just watch the games rather than listen to the airheads like Boogers, Aikman and others who don't know what the hell they are speaking about and are obviously biased. Booger and other broadcasters are not there to call it as they see it, they should be there to give an unbiased view of what has happened and why. He thinks he saw a bad call. The problem is that he doesn't know the rules which he should and by making the comments that he made he has done a disservice to the fans and to the officials and to the game itself.

The last good NFL broadcaster was John Madden. Since he's gone the broadcasts have gone steadily down hill at least for fans who know the rules and understand the game. If John Madden was doing that broadcast he would have given the fans an explanation of the rule and why the official threw the flag on those 2 plays. He probably would have even picked up on the fact that it was going on for most of the game and that MLF and Bakh spoke to the officials about it. Instead the fans got a rambling monologue based on an idiotic premise. Thanks, Since '61

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canadapacker's picture

October 16, 2019 at 05:34 pm

What are the rules - dont have a rule book but I noticed that both times he had grabbed the top of Baks uniform and his shoulder pads and was trying to lift him from the ground. I know that the offensive lineman can grab the uniform inside the shoulder pads as long as he doesnt try and throw the guy around - but dont understand this defensive side of the holding rule. Thought the first flag was good but the second one was suspect.

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Johnblood27's picture

October 17, 2019 at 05:13 pm

Ol' bugger got your typing finger twitching, eh?

You are 100% right on point '61. Rules, like words, they mean things. Learn it and live a better life out from under the cloud of ignorance, booger. ...and get a real name.

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Barazinho's picture

October 16, 2019 at 04:28 pm

Booger is not a good color man - he points out the obvious thing that just happened, and that's it. There's very little analysis, or pointing out things that we might miss, unlike other experienced color guys - Romo, Aikman, Fouts, Collinsworth - those guys are not perfect, but they do their job - explaining the game, rather than repeating it. He's supposed to be an expert, but just points out the obvious.

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egbertsouse's picture

October 16, 2019 at 06:53 pm

I expect a degree of professionalism, not hissy fits when he thinks his guys got screwed. I have no problem with Aikman, Buck or Colinsworth: even if they are a bit smug, they are professional. I don’t like Romo, he never shuts his yap and lets the game speak for itself. I’m an old fart, I liked Summerall and Ray Scott. I

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PatrickGB's picture

October 16, 2019 at 12:51 pm

Damn, David you nailed it!
Booger talked it up too much. He gave us too much whine with his cheese

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October 16, 2019 at 12:52 pm

I don’t know which of the 2 announcers said it, but he was spot on when he stated early in the game that you can’t keep settling for field goals and expect to beat the Packers.

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sonomaca's picture

October 16, 2019 at 01:00 pm

Sheppard probably would have caught the goal-line pass had the foot not slipped. Players were slipping. Why the heck is that his fault? He got unlucky in that it also bounced right to defender.

As to the punt fumble, he did that in the preseason. He just might not be good at punt returns. The Packers traded away their punt returner even knowing Sheppard might not be a good replacement.

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October 17, 2019 at 08:06 am

Good point about players slipping. It happened a lot. I thought there would be an article or two about the field conditions, or questions about it in post-game interviews.

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October 16, 2019 at 03:33 pm

Right on David, shit evens out, we're still owed some calls if you ask me. 5-1 feels great. The ref crew apparently wasn't calling mugging of receivers because the lolions got away with a lot. The NFL and fans singled out MNF and focused on the game because of the national spotlight. The officiating is brutal. The lolions getting screwed is fake news.

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Since'61's picture

October 16, 2019 at 04:08 pm

I would add Lowry to the buy list for this week. He had a very good game against the Lions run game. His best game of the season and maybe his best game as a Packer.

I would add Redmond to the sell list since Pettine had to replace him at the Safety spot by the end of the 1st quarter.

As for the broadcasters just turn off the sound. You really don't need to listen to the broadcasters to watch sports on TV. And if you do need to listen to announcers just pick up the radio broadcast online and listen to them. They do a much more thorough job. I usually have them on with low sound which I turn up when there is a review or a strange call by the officials. For example, I turned them up on the Lions 4th and goal when one official called the Lions short and another came in after the first official and signaled TD. For some reason the second official's call was allowed to over rule the original call but the booth did not over rule the second call which clearly showed that the Lions RB was stopped short of the goal line. I'm guessing the 2nd official was working with Vegas for this game.

It's just amazing how often the calls go wrong (and NOT just against the Packers) in just about every game in every week of the season. Are they really that incompetent or are they working with Vegas or a combination of both? I'm sure we'll never know. Thanks, Since '61

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October 16, 2019 at 05:29 pm

Appreciate the reply. I wasn’t speaking to David, it was zoellner’s comments I was speaking to.

I do think being a DT at the professional level qualifies Booger to know what he’s talking about, including the rules. It’s a human game, mistakes are made I get that, but to not have spoken to the missed call in that moment would have been a bigger error imo. That said- I really liked the way Parry responded to Booger. I guess for me- it’s cool having a defensive player add the color commenting.

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October 17, 2019 at 06:36 am

Redmond played 57 out of a possible 59 snaps. Maybe he got moved elsewhere - if so, I didn't notice it - but Redmond played the whole game.

Detroit had 207 total yards on its first three drives, but managed only 92 more yards on its last 8 possessions. The defense completely clamped down on Detroit after the trick play and the long pass to Marvin Hall for 58 yards on the 2nd possession. All points Detroit scored in the second half were gifted by the Packers' turnovers. A lot of things were done well after the initial three possessions, and Redmond was part of it.

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October 16, 2019 at 04:15 pm

grabbing the pads by the collar and shoving it into the neck is the same result. your fist is in the dude's neck jacking his head back. Have someone try it out on you (gently!). It is almost impossible to keep your head down. But.....let 'em bitch. We got the W. Their defense could have come up with a stop instead of a let them score effort.

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October 16, 2019 at 04:34 pm

Additionally, does grabbing the shoulder pad and using the leverage you get an unfair advantage? Doing that straight-armed press move is a really effective way to push the blocker off their balance, but Khalil Mack doesn't grab the shoulder pad when he does it - he's good enough to use the leverage without grabbing.

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October 16, 2019 at 05:45 pm

A couple of things...

First..."Shepherd better get his shit together quickly or the team will have to consider looking for a more productive alternative." I agree. That player may already be on the roster in Allen Lazard. I wanted the Packers to keep him over Sheppard following the preseason. In addition, I look forward to Lazard playing opposite D. Adams. That could be interesting.

Second, with all the talk of the two blown calls for hands to the face, could it be Bahktiari noticed something in film study and did a little acting to draw flags? I didn't notice it the first call, but Bahktiari's reaction during the second call told me he realized he might be able to pull off some improv and draw a flag.

Being 5-1 DOES feel good!

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October 16, 2019 at 06:34 pm

Booger McCheese is a former defensive lineman with a national audience. I'm glad he brings that perspective to the show, as we usually get stuck with a second rate quarterback like David carrr, Hasselbeck brothers, rich Gannon, etc. All are fine human beings I'm sure, but they lack passion. I disagree with the big booger, but appreciated the passion.

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Cheekweek's picture

October 16, 2019 at 07:32 pm

Remember when Brett lobbied for a young Double D to get more reps? Man, I would love to see Lazard be another success story like that.

Also, Booger and Aikman calling a Packers game would be my J.P. Sartre 'Hell is other people' punishment. Brutal.

Amazing win, let's hope amazing season.

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October 17, 2019 at 08:33 am

I agree with Since regarding penalties. I assumed that no lineman, offense or defense are allowed to hold the opponent (holding penalty?) So, id you are allowed to grab the pad of offensive lineman, how in the world he can fight back? Also, I remember 3 holding penalties that was called on Kenny Clark through last 2 games before this Monday night game. He was furious. But nobody complaint.

Regarding Darrius Shepherd issue. I believe he needs some time. But this situation with WRs shows me that Brian Gutekunst maybe made move to early when he traded Trevor Davis. He would suits well to Packers at this moment.

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October 18, 2019 at 01:59 am

I still think that there is some sort of penalty in the trenches on many plays. The key to not getting called is deception. Dark gloves on a white jersey is easy for the refs to see - the opposite of deception.

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