Green Bay Packers: Top 5 Performances in Week 3
The Packers had a solid win on Week 3 against the Bears, keeping pace with the Lions with a 3-0 record, and putting the Bears back two games in the division. While the Packers didn't play perfect, they played good enough to win and had several standout performances that helped them rise above Chicago at Soldier Field.
Here are the top five performances from Packers players in Week 3 that greatly helped the Packers stay undefeated in 2011.
Honorable Mention: Marshall Newhouse
When Bryan Bulaga was taken out with an injury, Packer fans held their breath as Marshall Newhouse stepped in, a guy who struggled in the preseason, along with many of the other backup offensive lineman. But other than a false start penalty, Newhouse played very well, helping keep Rodgers upright and protected.
So far, the offensive line is playing much better than they did in the preseason, and even if Bulaga is gone for an extended period of time, the Packers should have a little more confidence in Newhouse after a solid performance against the Bears.
5. Greg Jennings
Greg Jennings started out the game looking like he could break some single-game receiving records, catching seven passes for 78 yards in the first quarter. Although he quieted down after the first couple of drives, Jennings still had a great day, with nine receptions for 119 yards.The fact that a receiver who caught for over 100 yards is only No. 5 on this list shows just how strong the passing game was on Sunday.
4. Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers led the Packers down the field for another great offensive day, throwing for 297 yards and three touchdowns, a career best against the Bears. While Rodgers and the offense sputtered at times, it is to be expected against one of the best defenses in the league.
What drops Rodgers down this list is a few bad decisions in the fourth quarter, throwing an interception to Brian Urlacher that could have put the Bears back in the game had they scored. Rodgers also tried to force the ball down the field a few times during the fourth quarter, giving the Bears several opportunities to try and come back.
However, despite a couple of mistakes, Rodgers still was key in the Packers win today, and so far this season, is playing lights out, with eight touchdowns and just one interception.
3. Ryan Grant
In the first two games, everyone thought that James Starks was going to be the main running back for the Packers in the 2011 season, but Grant made his case on Sunday, rushing for 92 yards on 17 carries. Grant helped move the chains on several drives while Starks seemed to get stuffed on every attempt.
Although he didn't score, Grant helped the Packers move the ball down the field, helping them establish a ground game that was missing for much of last year.
While Grant may not always look flashy, his contributions to the offense can be very understated, and on Sunday, he proved that he still has what it takes to be a starting back in this league.
2. Morgan Burnett
After Nick Collins sustained a severe neck injury and was lost for the season in Week 2 in Carolina, Morgan Burnett and Charlie Peprah would both have to step up and fill Collins' big shoes. So far, Burnett has done a great job picking up Collins' slack when it comes to making big plays, as he picked off Jay Cutler twice. Burnett also recorded an interception last week against the Panthers, already giving him three on the year.
Burnett appears to be a rising star, and even with Nick Collins gone for the year, it appears so far that Burnett is picking up right where Collins left off.
1. Jermichael Finley
Anybody who catches three touchdown passes in one game should be a lock for No. 1 on this list. Jermichael Finley has come back from his injury stronger than ever, catching seven passes for 85 yards and three touchdowns.
Finley has the ability to make big plays and has already proven to be a favorite target for Rodgers. If he continues to put up these performances, the Packers' offense will be unstoppable.