Green Bay Packers: Week 3 NFL Power Rankings (#1)

Last week: 4 (+3)

Record: 1-1

The Packers came out flat defensively week 1 and lost to the 49ers and fire on defensively and beat the Bears week 2. Both are worthy opponents, but which defensive effort was the real one? I still don’t like their reliance on forcing turnovers, but if they can continue to play at least solid defense, they’ll be as tough to beat as they have been over the last 25 games, where they’re 22-3.

Studs

QB Aaron Rodgers: 22 of 32 for 219 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception, 1 throw away, 5 drops, 107.0 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 8 of 37 drop backs (5 sacks, 2 of 3, 1 throw away)

RB Cedric Benson: Rushed for 81 yards (52 after contact) on 20 carries, 2 broken tackles, 4 catches for 35 yards on 4 targets

ROLB Clay Matthews: 4 sacks and 2 quarterback hurries on 32 pass rush snaps, 1 batted pass, 2 solo tackles, 6 stops

LE BJ Raji: 1 quarterback hurry on 26 pass rush snaps, 1 batted pass, 3 solo tackles, 3 stops

CB Tramon Williams: Allowed 2 catches for 21 yards on 6 attempts, 2 interceptions, 3 solo tackles

FS Charles Woodson: Allowed 2 catches for 24 yards on 3 attempts, 1 interception, 2 quarterback hurries on 4 blitzes, 5 solo tackles and 2 stops

SS Morgan Burnett: Didn’t allow a catch on 3 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 4 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 stops

Duds

TE Jermichael Finley: 4 catches for 26 yards on 6 targets on 32 pass plays, 0.8 YAC per catch, 1 drop, run blocked for 4 yards (2 after contact) on 2 attempts

WR James Jones: Caught 2 passes for -1 yards on 5 targets on 37 pass plays, 1 drop, 1 interception when thrown to, 0.0 YAC per catch

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