It is my pleasure to welcome to the very first installment of our newest weekly piece, “The Cheesehead” Every Wednesday we will go through a number of fun tidbits, tweets, and plays from the previous game, and fantasy previews, plus much more for the upcoming game.
Who to Start – The Top Packers who can lead you to a fantasy W
This Sunday, the Packers will open up the 2016 regular season campaign by traveling down to hot and humid Jacksonville, Florida. There will very likely be some rough patches throughout the game as it’ll be only the second time this season that the starters will be playing together in game action. This won’t affect much for the casual viewer, but for the fantasy players, this is going to be something to watch. Jordy Nelson will be making his long awaited return although it’s not known how many snaps Nelson is going to take. With that said, let’s dive into who to play this week.
Aaron Rodgers was likely on the top of a lot of your draft boards and if you were lucky enough to snag him, you’re going to want to start him here in week 1. While the Jacksonville defense is improved with Dante Fowler back from his injury, the defense is still a young one. Rodgers always likes to attack a young defense and get them worn out with the hurry up offense. That’s going to result in quick strikes and a lot of points for all of you owners. In his only preseason action, Rodgers was pretty accurate in his two drives and was able to move the ball. With his favorite target Jordy Nelson back on the field in some fashion, the offense will be able to do more of the same here so long as they stay hydrated.
The Packers are quite fond of running their plays out of the shotgun for the majority of their games. A lot of those plays are passing plays which will equal a lot of oppourtinities for Randall Cobb to get you points. After having a down season last year, Cobb is going to come out pumped up and will be a fantasy star this week.
Aaron Rodgers loves to hit his big receivers in big moments. Especially on 3rd downs. Jared Cook had a great preseason and he is ready to get the regular season started. While the Jags’ defense will be paying attention to Jordy, and Cobb, Cook will be there with a linebacker covering him. Cook will victimize that defender and earn you a good amount of points this upcoming week.
Madden 17 Simulation
Packers 31 – Jaguars 30
These two teams put on an absolute classic in our weekly Madden simulation. Jacksonville created turnovers all game and forced Aaron Rodgers out of his comfort zone, which led to him throwing four interceptions. This mixed with good play from Blake Bortles put the Jags in the lead for the majority of this week 1 contest. That was until Green Bay got the ball with 1:31 left, trailing 30-18 and completely out of timeouts. Rodgers led the Packers downfield and hit Davante Adams in the endzone with :46 seconds left. Green Bay then went on to recover the onside kick and get the ball back with a chance to win the ballgame. They moved the ball with a few pass plays, but it came down to a 4th and 10 from the Jacksonville 34 yard line. That’s when Aaron Rodgers threw it up for Jordy Nelson to go get. Nelson did his best Richard Rodgers imitation and came down with the game winning touchdown with just 10 seconds left.
Rodgers finished 31/50, with 464 passing yards, 3 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. While Eddie Lacy had it going and rushed for 141 yards on 18 carries. Jordy Nelson returned and did not miss a beat. He had 9 virtual receptions that were good for 191 yards and a touchdown.
Cheesehead Nation’s Voice
I can't wait to watch Aaron Rodgers throw bombs to Jordy Nelson this fall
— Casey Doyle (@_TheDoyle) August 30, 2016
Even the closet Packer fans are excited to have Jordy back.
Even though I'm a Bears fan, I can't wait to see Jordy Nelson back on the field catching deep passes from Rodgers 🏈 https://t.co/wOae7KLRFw
— Justin Andeway (@JAndeway) August 29, 2016
School starts on Thursday and packers ball starts on Sunday? I can't even control how excited I am 😍
— Robbie McPhee (@JewfroMcPhee21) September 5, 2016
I'm picking the Packers over the Jaguars. The Teddy Bridgewater injury virtually guaranteed the NFC North for Green Bay.
— Steve Myrdal (@Stevovan) September 6, 2016
— Curt Cozad (@63GBPackerfan) September 5, 2016
- The Packers lead the all-time series against Jacksonville, with the record being 3-2.
- Green Bay will start the season on the road for the 4th straight season. They are 1-2 in the previous three season openers.
- Jordy Nelson will be playing in his first regular season game since December 28th, 2014.
- Sam Shields, Letroy Guion, and LaDarius Gunter will all be returning to everglade state, where they played their college football.
Cream City Trivia
How many yards did Aaron Rodgers throw for in the last meeting between these two teams?
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