Stock up, stock down for Packers after Week 1 loss to Vikings

Green Bay Packers, AJ Dillon (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
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Overall, it was a performance to forget for the Green Bay Packers in Week 1. Despite that, we’ll look at both the positives and negatives from the defeat.

Like last year, the Green Bay Packers didn’t turn up for their season opener. This time, they suffered defeat to the division-rival Minnesota Vikings.

It was a rough performance from a Packers team entering 2022 as Super Bowl contenders.

There were plenty of negatives from the game but, surprisingly, also some positives. Let’s get into both with our first stock report of the season.

Stock up: AJ Dillon

We start with a positive. AJ Dillon should’ve got more opportunities, but that’s no fault of his. When he did touch the ball, Dillon made things happen.

Dillon had 10 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown and he also led the Packers in receiving with five catches for 46 yards. He showcased his ability to play all three downs and to contribute as a receiver.

Stock down: Matt LaFleur

Another slow start falls on the head coach.

Not only that, Matt LaFleur needs to get Aaron Jones and Dillon the ball more often. Jones only had five carries, which went for a team-best 49 yards, and also three catches for 27 yards.

LaFleur admitted eight touches wasn’t enough for the Packers’ Pro Bowl running back.

Maybe Aaron Rodgers checked out of run plays that were intended for Jones, maybe not. Whatever the case, this is LaFleur’s team and it’s on him to get Jones the ball more often.

He also needs to have his team better prepared to play.