Star Ratings: Vikings-Packers
Green Bay Packers are still feeling high off their Saturday victory against Minnesota Vikings knocking them out of the playoffs. It’s incredible to see the fall from grace for Minnesota. People crowned their defense like the second coming of Christ earlier this year. Same goes for Packers, but in an opposite manner with how strong they’ve come on in the past few weeks. It’s been a very fun, and I hope it doesn’t end on Sunday night.
Aaron Rodgers – What more can you say about one of the best to ever play the game. It makes me laugh how many of us wavered on if Rodgers couldn’t play the game at this level anymore. Silly us. Something did change though. I’m not sure what exactly happened, but that week leading up to Philadelphia led to some soul-searching. Rodgers has his mojo back and looking to burn any player or team around him. He torched the Vikings for 347 yards with four touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. Incredible.
Jordy Nelson – One of the reasons why Rodgers played so well in the past five games is Jordy Nelson. He’s been stellar with 528 yards in the last five games with five touchdowns. Nelson is beasting out there again. With Randall Cobb being inactive, Nelson got some time in the slot, and I’m wondering if we’ll see that more come next Sunday. He looked really effective there, and that’s a spot where he could succeed next week.
Clay Matthews – A good old fashioned welcome back for Clay Matthews. He played a strong game out there coming fast off the edge and getting home for a sack fumble that changed the game. Matthews looked spry out there which is a change from the last couple games as he battled a shoulder injury. He had two pass deflections too, and sometimes, those results in interceptions. Guess, we’ll have to save that for next week.
Mike Daniels – What a game by Big Mike again. He set the tone in the second half by laying the lumber on Bradford early on and he also recovered Matthews’ strip of Vikings quarterback. I’ll beat this horse in the ground, but why Daniels didn’t get selected to the Pro Bowl is absolutely beyond me.
Geronimo Allison – Fun to see a player set up after an injury. Geronimo Allison did just that filling in for Randall Cobb with four catches for 66 yards. He had some flashes out there. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Green Bay add another wide receiver in the mix. It couldn’t hurt as Rodgers likes to spread it around when he can.
Kenny Clark – A fumble recovery on an odd play plus finding a way to be there on a couple plays resulting in some love for Kenny Clark. The first round draft pick for this team is really coming on in the final few games of the season. Hopefully, this is a continuing trend.
Ty Montgomery – Remember when you saw Anchorman 2 in theaters and were disappointed? This is how people felt watching Ty Montgomery out there. He did not have a good game with only 23 yards on nine carries. Some might wonder why Green Bay didn’t run the football more, but Mike McCarthy saw this being a passing game with Rodgers cooking out there.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – I usually try to avoid the ‘one play’ equals one star, but we’re doing it for Ha Ha. He took a pathetic angle to a deep ball for Adam Thielen causing him and Quinten Rollins to collide leading to a touchdown. Not to sound like your drunk uncle, but if Clinton-Dix is a Pro-Bowler, you expect him to play centerfield there and make a play for an interception
Quinten Rollins – Rough game for him. I’m not sure if Dom Capers and McCarthy can let Rollins in the slot with how poorly Rollins played on Saturday with Thielen tearing it up for over 200 yards. It wasn’t all him, but he seemed to be on a burned side of things far too many times.