Green Bay Packers Report Card: Handing Out Grades to Every Week 3 Starter

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IISeptember 26, 2011

Green Bay Packers Report Card: Handing Out Grades to Every Week 3 Starter

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    The Green Bay Packers marched into Soldier Field and came away with a 27-17 victory over the Chicago Bears.

    It wasn't the greatest game we've seen from Green Bay this year, but whenever you can win on the road against your most heated rival, it is a good day.

    Today we'll be handing out the Green Bay Packers report cards and grading every Week 3 starter for the team.

Aaron Rodgers, QB

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    Final Grade: A-

    I would have given Aaron Rodgers a solid A, but he threw his first interception of the season which gave the Chicago Bears great field position.

    Other than that mistake, Rodgers was nearly flawless. He finished the game with just under 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes, all going to Jermichael Finley.

    Rodgers continues to show people why he needs to be in conversations about the best quarterback in the NFL.

Ryan Grant, RB

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    Final Grade: B+

    This was a very impressive performance from Ryan Grant and to be honest, it probably kept him his job as starting running back.

    Grant looked determined all game long and was averaging eight yards per carry late into the third quarter. The only reason for his lower grade was due to his lack of production late in the game.

John Kuhn, FB

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    Final Grade: C

    We didn't see much of John Kuhn in this game. In fact, he only touched the ball once, which was a seven yard reception.

Greg Jennings, WR

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    Final Grade: A+

    Greg Jennings had a career high nine receptions in this game.

    From the very start of the game, Jennings looked dominant and continued to be Aaron Rodgers' top target for the entire game. Even though he didn't catch a touchdown, he still led the team in receptions and receiving yards.

    Jennings continues to play at an extremely high level this season.

Donald Driver, WR

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    Final Grade: F

    As much as I hate to say this, it is time for Donald Driver to be put on the bench.

    He only managed one reception against the Carolina Panthers and didn't catch a single pass against the Chicago Bears. It's almost as if Aaron Rodgers has stopped looking for Driver and finding any other receiver on the field.

    In a game where Rodgers completed a pass to seven different receivers, and none of those receivers were Driver, means that it's time that Driver be replaced.

Jermichael Finley, TE

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    Final Grade: A+

    Three touchdown receptions and nearly 100 yards receiving is an A+ in my book any day of the week.

    Jermichael Finley showed just how dominant of a player he can be.

Chad Clifton, LT

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    Final Grade: A-

    Lining up opposite Julius Peppers is quite the task and Chad Clifton handled it very well.

    Clifton only gave up one sack to Peppers and did a great job at protecting Aaron Rodgers' blindside all game long. His play so far this year is enough to warrant another Pro Bowl invite.

T.J. Lang, LG

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     Final Grade: B

    T.J. Lang played a quality game and did a good job at opening up running lanes for Ryan Grant and James Starks. However, he had a few false start penalties and some of those were really momentum killers for the Green Bay Packers.

    I still like what Lang has done so far this year and a B grade is nothing to be ashamed about.

Scott Wells, C

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    Final Grade: A-

    The entire offensive line was impressive against the Chicago Bears and Scott Wells was one of the more impressive players.

    He did a great job at picking up the blitz and was a major factor in the success of the run game. It was a great game for Wells who didn't pick up any penalties against a very good defense.

Josh Sitton, RG

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    Final Grade: B+

    There weren't many bad things to say about Josh Sitton and his play against the Chicago Bears.

    The right side of the offensive line played very well and it was on that side that Ryan Grant and James Starks saw most of their yards come from.

Bryan Bulaga, RT

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    Final Grade: C

    We didn't see much of Bryan Bulaga due to an injury suffered during the second offensive possession for the Green Bay Packers.

    While he was on the field, he played well, but this is a big loss for the Packers.

Ryan Pickett, DE

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    Final Grade: C-

    There wasn't much of an impact from Ryan Pickett today as he ended the game with only one tackle and no sacks.

    Pickett wasn't a factor stopping the run or pressuring Jay Cutler.

B.J. Raji, DT

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    Final Grade: B

    Even though B.J. Raji didn't record a tackle in this game, he is the one that is crucial to the Green Bay Packers having so much success stopping the run.

    He was disruptive and opened up lanes for his teammates to make plays.

Jarius Wynn, DE

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    Final Grade: A

    This was a great game for Jarius Wynn as he continues to fill is very nicely for the injured Mike Neal.

    Wynn recorded two of the Green Bay Packers three sacks and both sacks came at crucial points during the game. If he continues to play at such a high level, he could very well lock up the starting position before Neal returns from injury.

Clay Matthews, OLB

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    Final Grade: B-

    You would think that Clay Matthews would have a field day when facing such a poor offensive line, but he finished the game with zero sacks.

    Matthews was able to make some nice plays on defense and he was able to get a little pressure on Jay Culter in the second half. However, we've come to expect more from Matthews and we just haven't seen it so far this year.

A.J. Hawk, ILB

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     Final Grade: B

    This type of performance has become rather common with A.J. Hawk where he plays a solid game, but doesn't blow anyone's mind.

    Hawk will always be a good player, but he will never be a great player or the best player on a defense.

Desmond Bishop, ILB

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    Final Grade: B+

    It was a good game for Desmond Bishop as he continues to keep erasing memories of Nick Barnett and proving that the team made the right decision in letting Barnett go.

    Bishop was a part of a few big third down stops and made a few tackles on Matt Forte behind the line of scrimmage.

Erik Walden, OLB

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    Final Grade: C-

    Before the start of the regular season, we all knew that a weak spot of the defense could be a pass rusher opposite Clay Matthews.

    With the injury to Frank Zombo, Erik Walden has gotten the opportunity to become that pass rusher, but he has struggled this year. He didn't do anything this game to change our minds and wasn't a huge factor on defense.

Tramon Williams, CB

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    Final Grade: B-

    It was good to see Tramon Williams back from injury, but the entire secondary had another rough day.

    Williams did make some nice plays on the ball, but he also gave up some big catches and got burned a few times.

Morgan Burnett, SS

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    Final Grade: A

    Morgan Burnett put together another very solid performance and continues to impress during his second year.

    He had two interceptions and they were both great plays. On the first interception, Burnett covered a ton of ground to make the play.

    Burnett will need to continue to play at a high level to offset the loss of Nick Collins.

Charlie Peprah, FS

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    Final Grade: C

    The first game for Charlie Peprah as Nick Collin's replacement didn't go so hot.

    Peprah missed some assignments that led to huge gains for the Chicago Bears. If the Green Bay Packers want to stop giving up so many passing yards, Peprah is going to need to step up his game.

Charles Woodson, CB

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    Final Grade: D+

    After a huge game against the Carolina Panthers, Charles Woodson's performance against the Chicago Bears was very disappointing.

    Woodson wasn't a factor blitzing and he was beat a few times by Chicago's wide receivers. One play that sticks in my mind is the touchdown pass to Dane Sanzenbacher where Woodson was beat off the line which allowed the score.

    Another area of concern was Woodson's physical play which resulted in a penalty or two.

Mason Crosby, K

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    Final Grade: A-

    You may be wondering why Mason Crosby gets an A- for a grade when he hit both field goals.

    On the kickoff following the Green Bay Packers first score, Crosby kicked the ball short to Devin Hester. First rule of kicking is to never let Hester have the chance to return a kickoff.

    Crosby broke that rule and got docked a few points on his report card.

Tim Masthay, P

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    Final Grade: B+

    It was an unusually busy day for Tim Masthay, but did a very good job at punting the ball.

    He landed a late punt inside the 5-yard line, but he made the same mistake as Mason Crosby and actually punted to Devin Hester. That punt was returned 21 yards and gave the Chicago Bears good field position.

Randall Cobb, KR/PR

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    Final Grade: B

    It wasn't the best day for Randall Cobb as he wasn't given the opportunity to return any kicks. However, he was able to field five punts and had 39 punt return yards.

    His longest return was 17 yards and he showed how fearless of a player he is.