Stock up, stock down for Packers in Week 5 after beating Patriots
The Green Bay Packers secured their third win in a row by defeating the New England Patriots at Lambeau Field in Week 4.
Around a quarter of the way into the season, the Packers sit nicely and are on course for another playoff appearance.
Whose stock is rising and falling as the Packers prepare for their trip to London in Week 5?
Stock up: Aaron Jones
Aaron Jones’ excellent start to the season continued against the Patriots. He was the star of the show offensively for the Packers, rushing for 110 yards on 16 carries.
He’s on pace to set a new career-high in rushing yards and is averaging an incredible 6.8 yards per carry after four games.
Stock down: Run defense
It’s just a shame Green Bay’s rushing defense isn’t on the same level as the rushing offense.
Once Brian Hoyer got hurt and New England’s third-string quarterback Bailey Zappe entered the game, it was clear the emphasis would go to the ground game.
Everyone apart from the Packers knew that, so it seemed, as they allowed 167 yards and a touchdown on the ground, with the Patriots averaging 5.1 yards per attempt.
Green Bay shut down the run at Tampa Bay last week, but the run defense has struggled in the other three games.
Stock up: Allen Lazard
When Aaron Rodgers needed a play, he often looked in Allen Lazard’s direction.
And Lazard delivered, catching six passes for 116 yards. He was by far the leading receiver in the game for either team.
He also provided excellent run-blocking as he always does. Lazard is so important for this offense.
Stock down: Elgton Jenkins
A little patience is needed for Elgton Jenkins, who is returning from a torn ACL and is also playing a new position. However, he hasn’t been at his best this season. According to Pro Football Focus, Jenkins allowed three pressures with one sack on Sunday.
Matt LaFleur spoke about the possibility of moving Yosh Nijman to right tackle, which would allow Jenkins to shift back inside to guard.
Stock up: Rashan Gary
What more can we say about Rashan Gary? He is one of the league’s best pass rushers.
Gary dominated the Patriots’ offensive line in Week 4, making two sacks, two quarterback hits, and a tackle for loss, while also forcing and recovering a fumble.
Through four games, Gary has five sacks and six quarterback hits.