Rodgers struggled early last week against Seattle, posting the first shutout half for the Packers since 2004, but, when all was said and done, he had a typical Rodgers day - featuring a touchdown and 300+ yards. The key for Rodgers this week is going to be that the defense he sees from Atlanta is going to be very similar schematically to what he saw Week 1 vs. Seattle - Falcons head coach Dan Quinn came to Atlanta after serving as Seattle's defensive coordinator. Mike Glennon was pressured - he was sacked four times - but posted decent, albeit not great numbers (213 yards, one touchdown). Atlanta had the 28th ranked pass defense last season and, while their first outing of 2017 was solid, it wasn't dominant. The simple fact of the matter is that if you have Rodgers, you're playing him - regardless of opponent. There is a revenge factor here with the sting of last year's playoff loss, but Rodgers will get his - one way or another.
Carr certainly isn’t Tom Brady or whatever top quarterback you want to insert (yet), but that doesn’t mean he’s not the Brady equivalent when it comes to protecting his guys to the conniving media. Carr’s production was respectable on Sunday, but when asked about some missed opportunities, Carr took all the blame. Truth be told, Carr could have had better numbers in Week 1, but as has been the case too frequently he was hindered by a receiving corps that struggles to consistently catch the ball. Namely Cooper, who dropped two touchdowns in a span of three straight attempts from the goal line. Game script will be the only deterrent to a massive day from Carr, with a Vegas line of 14, after TyGod and his ragtag group of pass catchers torched the Jets for 224 passing yards and two touchdowns (it’s the Bills, that IS torching them).
We should have seen it coming. Last year Smith’s best fantasy effort by far was his Week 1 outburst; in fact, that was his only other foray beyond the 300-yard mark in his past 30 games including playoffs. Now, back to reality. And in 16 meetings with the NFC since switching leagues back in 2013, Smith has failed to reach 300 passing yards. Now that we’ve firmly established his showing against New England as an aberration, let’s re-set the bar at more typical Smith levels this week against Philly. The Eagles held a pass-happy Kirk Cousins to 240 and a TD last week, slightly better than the 249 and two he averaged against them last year. Philadelphia surrendered multiple passing scores in six of eight on the road last year, leaving this to shape up as your far more typical 240 and two Smith stat line.