Packers Stock Report: Week 6

Taking a look at the weekly stock report on the heels of the Packers first loss of the season. 

There are no two ways about it. The Green Bay Packers' performance on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was horrific. Two costly interceptions by Aaron Rodgers evaporated a two-touchdown lead early in the game. From then on, the Packers never found their footing, allowing 38 unanswered points.

Green Bay now falls to 4-1 following a disastrous week six. Every team will have at least one slip up, but the Packers have a way of making a thing of it. Some players suggested that they needed a reality check before they got too far ahead of themselves. Either way, this team needs a bounce-back this week against the Houston Texans.

Tampa Bay certainly served up a nice piece of humble pie, but there’s no need to harp on it any longer. Here is the Packers stock report from week six:

Buy

Davante Adams

It didn’t take long for Adams to get re-acclimated with the offense. He and Rodgers picked up right where they left off before he suffered a hamstring injury by catching six passes for 61 yards vs the Buccaneers. It was refreshing to see Rodgers throw to his favorite target again.

AJ Dillon

Green Bay’s rookie second-rounder tied his career-high with five carries in week six. He also posted a new career-high in yards with 31, including a 20-yard run in the fourth quarter. Even when he’s only picking up three to four yards per carry, Dillon has a way of making it look good. The Packers couldn’t get much going on the ground against the Buccaneers, but Dillon provided a pleasant surprise. He could have some more snaps coming his way if he continues to produce.

Darrius Shepherd

Shepherd only makes this list because there’s really no one else that is deserving. He made one catch in the game, but it was a nice play for a guy that has had a rollercoaster of a career. On the second drive of the game, Green Bay’s offense faced a 2nd and 20 and was on the verge of settling for another field goal. However, Rodgers found Shepherd about five yards down the field on the opposite sideline and Shepherd was able to turn it into a 16-yard gain. In the end, the play helped set up an 80-yard scoring drive.

Sell

The Pass Rush

What has happened to the Packers’ pass rush? Last season, the defense had no problem disrupting the quarterback, whether it be via sacks or hurries. This year, they can’t seem to do either with any sort of consistency. Tom Brady had all day to throw and wasn’t sacked a single time. Preston Smith is having nowhere near the same success he saw in 2019, and Za’Darius Smith was completely neutralized by Tampa Bay’s rookie tackle Tristan Wirfs. Green Bay’s defense needs to find other ways to affect the quarterback because the current status quo isn’t working.  

Billy Turner

Turner was one of the guys who suggested the team needed a good hit in the mouth. In reality, it was the starting right tackle who got hit in the mouth repeatedly on Sunday. Turner had one of his worst games as a Packer, allowing close a manifold of hurries and a sack. Through three games, the former Denver Broncos guard has continued to look average in year two with Green Bay.

Aaron Rodgers

Two interceptions, including a pick-six, will land you on the sell list at least for a week. Rodgers was off to an MVP start in 2020, but he took a step back with his performance against the Buccaneers. Jamel Dean jumped an out route intended for Davante Adams and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown. On the very next drive, Tampa Bay’s Mike Edwards caught a deflected pass for back to back picks and nearly returned it for another score. Rodgers finished with a 35.4 pass rating and never found any sort of rhythm after the first two drives. At times, it was clear the Buccaneers pass rush had him rattled in the pocket.

 

 

Brandon Carwile is a Packers writer who also enjoys watching and breaking down film. Follow him on Twitter @PackerScribe.

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splitpea1's picture

October 21, 2020 at 01:33 pm

No buys-- all sells here. Add the entire coaching staff to the sell list. They need to come up with a credible Plan B when it's not business as usual for the offense. It might not have been good enough to win in this case, but a respectable loss would have been easier to swallow than a disaster.

And I certainly hope Dillon is going to see more action--we drafted him for a reason, not just insurance for the future.

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Packer_Fan's picture

October 21, 2020 at 01:13 pm

I agree. All sells and no buys. Start first with LaFleur and Rodgers. Poor game plan and poor play calling. Check out articles about using motion only half of the time. And Rodgers was out of sync the whole game. Especially when he threw late to Jones on the wheel route and missed Lewis down the seam. These happened when the Packers were down 14-10. Completing both of those would have changed the whole game.

Then the rest of the team and coaches. But it is hard to keep going when Rodgers is out of sync. But they get paid big time to to ignore that.

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jannes bjornson's picture

October 21, 2020 at 08:29 pm

Sell: The Fans.

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TheVOR's picture

October 21, 2020 at 12:29 pm

I'm not going to freak out unless they put in another pedestrian performance. The team needs to be better, and I definitely expect more from Rodgers than the Debacle he put up last week. People want to blame the line, but in truth he fell apart after the Pick 6. He needs to be more mentally tough than that.

All said, this is a team they should beat, period! We need to see something to be convinced! That was a Terrifically Horrible football team against a beatable opponent. This week is another opportunity.

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canadapacker's picture

October 21, 2020 at 12:38 pm

Lets look at the loss properly - AR's 2 picks - both were balls on target and delivered with velocity. The first one was on target but the other team sat on the route. That should go against Lafleur. Too many times with the same play that was obviously well read by them but should never have been called as they were not respecting the deep route. Second pick the ball was right there but Adams had it hit him in the hands and he didnt hold on. Now AR was off ( he missed Lewis wide open for at least 40 yard play) and the tight ends were never really targeted. The scheme had very little motion with Ervine missing - maybe Shepard needed to take over. The Oline sure didnt block for the backs and even the tightends were missing blocks on those receiver screens. That is the O side. On the D side there was no pressure on Brady and therefore they didnt take any penalties - those presnap and holding penalties are because of pressure and we got none. Our D backs also missed numerous tackles for loss or no gain in the flat.

So we played lousy but chock it up to the coaches for not having the team prepared and having just watched Houston play - they are NOT a 1 -5 team to be taken lightly

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Bear's picture

October 21, 2020 at 02:31 pm

First pick was on Rodgers, he had other options and looked at Adams all the way.

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canadapacker's picture

October 21, 2020 at 04:37 pm

I beg to disagree - think that it was on Lafluer and the whole game plan. That play is a staple and predicated on Adams being able to fly by the Dbacks if they sit on the route. With Adams just coming back and not really testing his deep threat in the first quarter or at all it was easy for them to sit on the out. AR needs to throw it on the break and usually the DB is off a little farther and on his heels not leaning forward to a break on the ball. So I still believe that it is on the play caller. But the ball was accurate and thrown hard and usually that is a completion for a first down. I still think that the whole play plan changed too much without Ervin and the motion. Probably should have used Shepard into the motion action or Williams or Jones to get their D moving. But our Oline didnt blow worth anything and the tightends missed a few on those receiver screens. But I do agree that AR didnt have a great game as indicated by his easy miss on the 40 yarder to Lewis early.

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Coldworld's picture

October 21, 2020 at 03:31 pm

Might put a few cents on M Adams. Only D lineman who stood out at all for me.

Selling EQ. You would think he’d be fired up not all at sea.

Agree on Dillon and Shepherd deserved more snaps. Can’t argue with Rodgers’ sell designation.

Fire sale on the coaches. Self confessed failure to motivate after a bye and a complete absence of plan to counter the rush first adjustment, including removal of the one guy who made hard yards till the 4th quarter, Dillon.

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MITM's picture

October 21, 2020 at 04:17 pm

Buy Krys Barnes, our best defender not named Jaire Alexander this season.

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Coldworld's picture

October 22, 2020 at 10:05 am

Wouldn’t argue with buying Barnes or Alexander, but I see this as players whose stock changes significantly, rather than ones who stay good or bad.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

October 22, 2020 at 01:51 am

Yeah. I used a photo of Barnes but he missed multiple tackles. He was active and did some good things so a little up and down for him.

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MITM's picture

October 21, 2020 at 04:22 pm

I didnt understand the Billy Turner contract then, and still dont now. It REALLY burned me up to see him laughing and seemingly joking around talking to Suh -after he just violently shoved your QB to the ground, all while youve been getting your ass handed to you.

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October 21, 2020 at 08:59 pm

He enjoys missing blocks and getting his ass kicked. Suh should have been high/lowed and left for scraps.

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October 21, 2020 at 10:14 pm

I was watching Packers site with Larry McCarran and it was showing run plays versus Bucs and to minimize the athletic ILB's flowing laterally on runs outside we were running at them and doing quite well when we did it with our OL making nice run lanes for RB. I don't know why ML is so stubborn about not using Dillon. After the first (INT) we should have put Dillon in and started hammering at that Defense and giving them some headaches. It would have limited the blitzing of Rodgers and given them something else to think about. Why didn't Gute protect the WR we got from the Bills that Washington claimed to their 53??

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

October 21, 2020 at 11:30 pm

Where were the offensive linemen when Suh was getting in Rodger's face? You'd think they would at least come over and get between the two or push Suh. We could us a Forest Gregg type in that lineup; he wouldn't have just stood there.

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October 22, 2020 at 08:16 am

Our defense is in trouble! Poorly coached can't get home no pressure horrific! Offensive line had a poor performance. Time to make some changes starting with Pettine! The Bears D will eat our lunch if we have that poor of line play! Our inability and stupidity to not draft inside linebackers who are fast and can deliver a hit is squarely on Gute! Lets see if Love can play some D! When they had Boyle in at the end of the game I was thinking why don't they have Love ready to go in and get some snaps If Gute thinks he is our next starting QB? What the Hell is going on out there!

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packer132's picture

October 22, 2020 at 10:06 am

It looks like Love will be inactive all year and is there to learn only. Boyle has been around and would take over if Rodgers gets injured. I would have liked Green Bay to take a QB in round 3 or 4 but apparently management thinks so highly of Love and he will be the next QB in Green Bay in a few years.
Defense needs to find a way to rush and not play soft on short yardage (3rd and 2), I hope Pettine is gone after this year as he has no ability to change or adapt as the game goes on.

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