Fantasy football owners expecting a big game from Aaron Rodgers in Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens found themselves frustrated at halftime.
The All-Pro quarterback had completed less than half his passes for just 116 yards with zero touchdowns through two quarters, but he rebounded with a strong second half.
Rodgers finished the game having completed 17 of his 32 attempts for 315 yards with one touchdown and one interception, leading the Packer to a narrow 19-17 win on the road. It wasn't his finest fantasy performance of the season.
Baltimore's defense has emerged as a force to be reckoned with this season, however—especially against offenses that struggle to protect the quarterback. This team did a remarkable job against Green Bay heading into halftime, as noted by Luke Jones of AM 1570 WNST:
Heading into Week 6, the Ravens had sacked opposing quarterbacks 19 times, and Rodgers was taken down three times in this contest. He was pressured on most passing downs, as Baltimore's defense fed off the energy of the home crowd.
Furthermore, Rodgers lost two of his top receivers in the game. James Jones was ruled out after he suffered a leg injury, and Randall Cobb was later carted off the field with a knee injury and was also ruled out, as noted by the Packers on Twitter:
If either injury ends up becoming one that requires long-term recovery, then Rodgers will likely struggle to produce like he did before this game.
He'd passed for nine touchdowns in the team's first four games. Though he's certainly one of the league's top passers, regardless of who lines up at receiver, these losses could greatly impact his ability to produce moving forward. Jordy Nelson and Jarrett Boykin are left looking for primary targets, and the Pack might choose to lean even more on Eddie Lacy and the running game.
That said, Rodgers is still a must-start quarterback until he proves otherwise. Expectations should be lowered slightly, though.
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