Although the season is young, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has not looked like the great QB we are used to seeing. Rodgers looked pretty ordinary in games last season as well, but that was blamed on the fact that the team lost top WR Jordy Nelson for the season to a knee injury. Now Nelson is back, and the Packers still struggle to move the ball. Sunday night against the Vikings was a good example. Find out if you should start or sit Rodgers in your Week 3 fantasy football lineup.
The Vikings have a strong defense and were a playoff team last season, so I’m not taking away from them, but Rodgers finished only 20-36, for 213 YDS, 1 TD, and 1 INT. Pretty pedestrian numbers for a QB many consider being one of the best of all time at his position. He was also outplayed by QB Sam Bradford, who has played for three teams in 2 years. Rodgers just seems to be in a rut that started almost a year ago.
This week could be a get well the week of sorts for Rodgers as the Packers play their home opener against the Detroit Lions, who are coming off a very close loss to the Tennessee Titans. The Lions defense struggled to hold on to a sizeable lead against the Colts in week one but played much better last week against the Titans on the road. On the down side for the Lions, opposing QBs have a QB rating of 112.7 with 6 TDs and only one INT. To make matters worse the Lions top pass rusher, defensive end Ezekiel Ansah will miss the game this week after injuring his ankle in last week’s loss. Rodgers is no doubt ably licking his chops for this week’s game.
As I stated earlier in the article, Rodgers is considered one of the best. So it’s only a matter of time until we see him return to his MVP form. In 10 career games against Detroit, Rodgers is 196-287 for 2,559 yards, 19 TDs, and 5 INTs. No QB has thrown for more yards or TDs against the Lions in that period. Never fear, start Rodgers in your fantasy football team as he takes on the Lions.