The Packers came out of week one victorious after just hanging on by a thread to get the win against the Jaguars in a highly competitive game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Packers struggled after scoring on their opening drive of the season which came on a short field. They were able to put together some nice drives in the second half, but they missed out on a lot of opportunities to potentially put this game away.
The defense played fairly well throughout this matchup, but much like the offense they had their rough spots. On both sides this was expected with the high temperatures playing a big factor in player stamina. Shallow depth on the defensive line was a problem for the Packers here as well. In the end, the defense played well in the fourth quarter and managed to stop the Jaguars with under a minute left to clinch the week one victory and head back to Green Bay 1-0.
Who to start – The top Packers who can lead you to a fantasy W
No one from the offense had a huge game in week one, so the Packers did not have any fantasy standouts last week.
Aaron Rodgers put up 22 points, which put him seventh out of all quarterbacks last weekend. Davante Adams was able to net 11 fantasy points which was the high for Packers receivers in the first game.
This week, the Packers travel to Minnesota and play one of the better defenses in the league. Last week against Tennessee, the Vikings were able to score two touchdowns on the defensive side of the ball and they will have a similar ball-hawking attitude against Aaron Rodgers. The offense will likely not be super pretty in this slugfest, so fantasy points are going to be hard to come by.
Against the Titans in week one, the Vikings offense struggled to find a rhythm and could not move the ball very well. That was against a Tennessee defense that ranked in the bottom half of the league last year, and doesn’t look to be great this season. Minnesota finished with just 301 total yards. 236 of them being through the air, and just 65 on the ground. The Green Bay defense is much better than the Titans’ so if the Vikings send out Shaun Hill again this week, I would expect the Packers to put up good defensive numbers this week with the possibility of creating a turnover or two.
Coming off of his 199 yard, 2 touchdown game in week one, Rodgers is going to have his work cut out for him here against the Vikings. Rodgers isn’t going to put up extraordinary numbers this week, but he will be serviceable and should be able to earn you a respectable amount of points this week.
Lacy only played in 56% of offensive snaps this past week, so he wasn’t able to get a consistent flow going which didn’t amount to a lot of points. In what is sure to be a tough game in week two, the Packers are going to be setting the pace with the run game and Lacy will be able to play more snaps in a controlled climate. Look for Lacy to be running hard into the endzone at least once this week and has a shot to put up some good points at your running back position. He is your sleeper this week.
Madden 17 Simulation
Packers 33 – Vikings 32
Much like the first game, in our week two simulation game the Packers were able to barely squeak by with a one point win against the Vikings here. The Packers did trail for the majority of this game but a couple of time consuming, late touchdown drives helped put away Minnesota and secure win number two. The Vikings suffocated the Packers run game from start to finish which caused Eddie Lacy to struggle the entire game while the passing game was unstoppable.
The defense didn’t cause a whole lot of trouble for Sam Bradford and the Vikings. Adrian Peterson rushed for over 100 yards, and the offense had 416 yards total.
Aaron Rodgers finished 36/56, with 453 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. The receivers were having a field day and were all over the Vikings secondary. Jared Cook had 8 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown, Jordy had 7 catches for 72 yards and a score. While Davante Adams had the most yards in week two with 106 yards and one touchdown for his troubles. Eddie Lacy finished with just 23 yards on 21 carries.
Cheesehead Nation’s Voice
Viqueens week is upon us…payback will be served on Sunday Night Football #GoPackGo
— Mike Brown (@DieselHokie08) September 13, 2016
now that jordy nelson is back, we are set ?? #GoPackGo
— jordan leo (@Jordan9leo) September 12, 2016
— gun (@michelles903) September 12, 2016
Dang football is so fun to watch when you finally understand it ?#GoPackGo
— Andy van Vliet (@andyvanvliet) September 11, 2016
I never thought I'd be this happy about a win over Jacksonville, but here we are. #GoPackGo
— Dan O'Donnell (@DanODradio) September 11, 2016
Top Play of The Week
Our top play of week one was this unbelievable throw by Aaron Rodgers which was finished with a tough catch by Davante Adams.
- The Packers lead the all time series against the Vikings. 59-50-2. They have also outscored Minnesota 2,438 to 2,149.
- The Packers and Jaguars scored 50 points total in their week one matchup. Yet neither team scored a touchdown in the second half.
- Late in Sunday’s game, cornerback Sam Shields suffered his second concussion in the last nine months.
- The Packers have won the last three games in Minnesota.
- When the game kicks off this Sunday, it will be the third different stadium the Vikings have hosted in the Packers in, in the last four games.
Cream City Trivia
The answer to last week’s question was 186 yards the last time Aaron Rodgers met the Jaguars.
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