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Football Outsiders: Aaron Rodgers At No. 4 Overall Last Week

Football Outsiders discussed four players on the Green Bay Packers in their weekly Quick Reads post with QB Aaron Rodgers near the top of the quarterback heap. He finished with the 4th best week of any quarterback. From Football Outsiders:

A weird, streaky, but very good day. Six of Rodgers' first nine dropbacks produced first downs (including touchdowns). After that he put the following strings together, in this order: 0-for-4, 5-for-5, 1-for-12, 4-for-4, 1-for-5. Those are numbers for the first downs, not completions, so some of those negative streaks were broken up by the odd checkdown here or there. 

And I didn't even include him as an option in our post-game poll for the top player because I wanted to give someone else a chance. He was a couple spots above Matthew Stafford which is a good example of how FO shows there's more to a quarterback than conventional stats. Stafford had 80 more yards passing and no interceptions, but he was also sacked five times. Though it didn't help Stafford that LT Jeff Backus was a turnstile for DE Jared Allen.

Both WR Greg Jennings and TE Jermichael Finley get mentioned as two of the top five receivers last week. The only receivers ahead of Finley were Ravens WR Torrey Smith (who had 3 TDs of his own and twice Finley's yards) and Patriots WR Wes Welker who had an insane 16 catch, 217 yards, 2 TD performance.

Unfortunately it's not all good news. James Starks was the least valuable running back due to his 8 carries for 9 yards, 1 fumble day. He was even worse than Matt Forte (9 carries for 2 yards, no fumbles).