Packers Stock Up, Stock Down After Week 2 vs. Falcons

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The Green Bay Packers were in a position to make history against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2. They had never started a season 2-0 in which they began with back-to-back road games. After defeating the Chicago Bears in Week 1, they fell just short in Week 2 against the Falcons.

The Packers took control of the game in the third quarter once again, opening up a 12-point lead. Unfortunately, they were unable to finish the job this time around, losing the game 25-24.

The offense stalled in the fourth quarter, gaining only seven yards on their final 10 plays of the game. Their inability to move the ball led to the Falcons dominating in time of possession, wearing down the Green Bay defense and scoring on their final four drives of the game to steal the victory.

There is a lot to unpack from the game, as the Packers had some players stand out while others flounder. Here are three players whose stocks are on the rise and three whose are sinking after Week 2 against the Falcons.

Stock Up No. 1: WR Dontayvion Wicks

The Packers rookie fifth-round pick has seen a lot of playing time in the early going with teammates banged up at the position. With Christian Watson missing his second game and Romeo Doubs still limited, Wicks has played a prominent role and performed well in Week 2.

Wicks received a PFF grade of 74.8 as he led the team with 40 receiving yards on two receptions. One of those catches went for a touchdown as he also forced two missed tackles on the 16 pass routes that he ran.

Stock Down No. 1: RB AJ Dillon

With Aaron Jones sidelined because of a hamstring injury, the Packers needed AJ Dillon to step up. He had a few highlight runs he was able to lower his shoulder and power through opponents but not nearly enough to have a lasting positive impact.

Dillon ran the ball 15 times for only 55 yards, regularly being knocked off balance and not being able to pick up crucial yardage. The run-blocking was far from perfect but Dillon struggled to consistently make plays. This was a chance for him to take over with Jones sidelined but he failed to do so.