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Matthews in pre-game warm-ups
Clay Matthews delivered on of the Packers' few positive performances in their Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers with 2.5 sacks and followed that up with another outstanding outing against the Bears in Week 2.
Matthews had 3.5 sacks against Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, and barring an unbelievable performance by someone else this weekend, has pretty much wrapped up the NFC Defensive Player of the Week Award.
In total, Matthews has six sacks on the season, which is reminiscent of 2010 when he had the same number through two games. (For what it's worth, the Packers won the Super Bowl that season.)
What Matthews' hot start did in 2010—and what the Packers hope it does now—is focus opponents' attention so much on Matthews that opportunities open up for other players on the Green Bay defense.
It's the same old Matthews fans have become accustomed to seeing: the type of player who gets sacks based upon his hustle.
Matthews helped himself on Thursday by getting multiple first-half sacks, which helped the Packers get off to an early lead and put the Bears in a hole. When the Bears had no choice but to pass to try and catch up, Matthews could pin his ears back late in the game and get to Cutler some more.