Green Bay Packers: Top 5 Performances in Week 7
The Packers are 7-0 after a big division road win against Minnesota. While the Vikings played well and were able to stay in the game thanks to the Packers' questionable pass defense, the Packers were able to outscore them thanks to Aaron Rodgers, and were able to close out the game thanks to James Starks.
With the Packers undefeated going into the bye week, things are looking up for the defending Super Bowl champs, and with some of the performances they had from their players in Week 7, they could be on their way to running the table.
Here are the top 5 individual performances from Sunday's game against the Vikings.
5. Greg Jennings
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The fact that a receiver who caught seven balls for 147 yards and a touchdown is only no. 5 on this list is a testament to how many good players there are on this team. Once again, Jennings was the top receiver on the team this week, capping off a great game with a 79-yard touchdown at the beginning of the third quarter. However, because that touchdown was the result of horribly blown coverage by the Vikings, it makes it one of the least impressive big plays in Jennings' career.
Nevertheless, it was still a great game for Jennings, who, like many players on the Packers' offense, is having an All-Pro year.
4. James Starks
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The Packers' running game was shut down for much of the game by the Vikings defense, so when the Vikings decided to punt on fourth down, giving the ball back to Aaron Rodgers, the Vikings surely thought that they could keep the Packers from running out the rest of the clock.
But Starks stepped up, having two big runs to convert on first down, running the clock out, and giving the Packers a win. While Starks struggled for much of the game, he made two big plays at the right time that won the game for the Pack, and in the end, that's what matters.
3. Charles Woodson
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While the Packers' pass defense struggled at times to prevent big plays by Christian Ponder, Charles Woodson stepped up big time in the third quarter, intercepting the ball twice. Had the Packers been able to get into the end zone after at least one of those turnovers, the game would have likely been over much earlier.
However, Woodson had another great game, and his interceptions, which culminated in two field goals, were the difference in the game. Also, Woodson should get some credit for a class move after his second interception, as he handed the ball to a young Packers fan in the stands.
2. Mason Crosby
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When the Packers offense failed to punch the ball into the end zone four times, Mason Crosby was there to contribute 12 points. Three of those points came from a 58-yard field goal, which was not only a career record for Crosby, but a franchise record for the team.
With so many teams that have inconsistent kickers, the Packers appear set with Mason Crosby, who was re-signed in the offseason with a big contract, and who, to this point, has not missed a field goal yet. The Packers are looking quite smart in locking in the consistent and talented Mason Crosby as their kicker for the next few years.
1. Aaron Rodgers
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Of course, the best player of the game should go to the guy who has played lights out this season, leading his team to a 7-0 record while throwing for 20 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Aaron Rodgers again had a great game, throwing for 335 yards and three touchdowns, and putting together nearly a perfect game.
What's amazing is that Rodgers would have had even better numbers if his receivers hadn't dropped a few passes thrown their way. Rodgers is playing better than almost anyone else in the NFL, and is a huge reason for the Packers' success.