Green Bay Packers’ Week 9 Notes
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Clay Matthews: If he wasn’t already in the running for Defensive Player of the Year, Clay Matthews certainly moved his name to the top of the list Sunday night. He tallied a sack, four tackles (two for a loss), two quarterback hits, two passes defended, and a 62-yard interception return for a touchdown off an A.J. Hawk batted ball. He is proving to be the most important player on the Packers’ defense, and quite possibly the team.
James Jones: Filling in for the injured Donald Driver (quad), Jones went for 123 yards on eight receptions, including a 10-yard score on a screen pass from Aaron Rodgers in the second quarter. Jordy Nelson is probably the more consistent option going forward, but games like these show why Jones could certainly take over the starting role from Driver sooner than later. It should be noted he also fumbled and dropped a touchdown pass, but in all it was an excellent game for Jones.
Charles Woodson: Tramon Williams and Sam Shields deserve plenty of credit for the defense’s excellent performance, but Woodson finally put together the type of performance that helped him win Defensive Player of the Year honors a season ago. He sacked Jon Kitna once, provided plenty of quarterback hurries from the outside, and finished with five tackles. It was great to see Woodson flying around the field like his old self.
Chad Clifton: The mid-season MVP of the offense could very well be Clifton, who once again dominated in pass protection against one of the game’s elite in DeMarcus Ware. Rodgers was sacked just once Sunday night and the Packers now rank tied for 17th in sacks allowed (17), a huge improvement from last season. Clifton is the main reason for that improvement.
Honorable Mentions: Jarrett Bush, Josh Sitton, Sam Shields, Greg Jennings
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