Green Bay Packers Week 16 Report Card: Grading Every Offensive Starter

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIDecember 26, 2011

Green Bay Packers Week 16 Report Card: Grading Every Offensive Starter

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    Even though the Green Bay Packers offense started the game slow, they turned it on in the second half and blew out the Chicago Bears by a score of 35-18.

    What's even bigger is that the Packers have locked up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with their Sunday night victory.

    Here is their Week 16 report card and grades for every offensive starter.

T.J. Lang, Tackle

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    Final Grade: A++

    T.J. Lang was extremely impressive Sunday night.

    In his first start at right tackle, against a tough defense, Lang played beautifully.

    It was easily his best game of the season.

Marshall Newhouse, Tackle

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    Final Grade: A+

    Julius Peppers finished the game with zero sacks, which means Marshall Newhouse did better than anyone could have expected.

    Newhouse is quietly becoming a very good offensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers.

Scott Wells, Center

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    Final Grade: A

    Scott Wells has been one of the better centers in the league this year.

    This game was no different, as Wells made no mistakes and did very well in both pass and run coverage.

Evan Dietrich-Smith, Guard

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    Final Grade: A

    I can't name one single play that Evan Dietrich-Smith played superbly, but the fact that Chicago had zero sacks is good enough for him to earn such a high grade from me.

Josh Sitton, Guard

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    Final Grade: A

    This is the first time this season that the entire offensive line for the Green Bay Packers received an A on their report card.

    They dominated the line of scrimmage and kept Aaron Rodgers off his back.

Jermichael Finley, Tight End

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    Final Grade: B

    The game started out very well for Jermichael Finley, as he had three receptions and a touchdown on the first drive of the game.

    Unfortunately, he didn't catch a single pass for the other 55 minutes.

    He also had a few dropped passes and missed opportunities.

    There might not be a more frustrating player on the roster than Finley, as his potential is so great, but he never seems able to reach it in a game.

John Kuhn, Fullback

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    Final Grade: C

    John Kuhn didn't see much of the field Sunday night.

    He finished the game with zero receptions and zero carries.

    However, he is a beloved player and every single time he steps on the field you can hear the crowd chant his name, so he has to get a passing grade.

Ryan Grant, Running Back

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    Final Grade: B+

    There is no reason to expect Ryan Grant to have a huge rushing game, so whenever he can move the chains a few times a game, I'm pleased.

    The main reason that I'm giving Grant such a high grade is because of his first-quarter screen pass that went 32 yards down the field.

    It was a beautiful play and showed that Grant still has what it takes to be successful.

Donald Driver, Wide Receiver

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    Final Grade: B

    The Green Bay Packers struggled last week without Greg Jennings because no other receiver stepped their game up.

    Now, two receptions for 29 yards isn't a huge impact, but Donald Drivers' two receptions came when first downs were needed, and he got them.

    There are times when Driver looks old and ready to quit, and there are times when he looks as young as ever.

    Sunday night was a night when Driver looked young again.

Jordy Nelson, Wide Receiver

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    Final Grade: A++++

    If you want to look at who stepped up in Greg Jennings absence, look no further than Jordy Nelson.

    Six receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns.

    He's got a sixth sense with Rodgers, as his 12 touchdown receptions this year clearly show.

    They make difficult throws look easy, almost like you could go out and toss that pass in your pickup game on Saturday mornings.

    Nelson should be making the Pro Bowl this year, because he has been absolutely stellar.

Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback

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    Final Grade: A+++++++++++++++++++

    Too many pluses?

    Well, forgive me if I get a little excited about five touchdowns and no interceptions against a rival opponent.

    It took a little while for Rodgers to really get it going, but in the second half of the game, he was just brilliant.

    He finished the game with a 142.7 quarterback rating.

    If Rodgers lost the MVP Award last week, he won it back this week.

    This man is simply incredible at the quarterback position.