Our weekly designations from the Green Bay Packers’ 9-0 victory over the New York Jets…
- Clay Matthews–Matthews performed so well on Sunday night, he probably would have earned a blue chip even if he hadn’t returned the interception for a touchdown. He has an innate ability to make offensive linemen look silly. And the further he’s removed from his hamstring injury, the better he’s becoming. Matthews also had a sack, two passes defended, two quarterback hits and two tackles for a loss in what was a dominating performance.
- Aaron Rodgers–No doubt turning in his best performance of the year, Rodgers was nearly flawless. Had a few incomplete passes found their intended target, and he’s looking at a perfect passer rating. Rodgers finished the night hitting 27 of 34 passes for 289 yards with 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Third downs were converted, and Rodgers appears to be back on track.
- Jarrett Bush–It was without a doubt the best game of Bush’s career. Each of his impact plays may have been overturned had they been reviewed, but it doesn’t matter. They’re in the books. Bush forced a fumble on a kickoff that led to a Nick Collins touchdown. And then Bush recovered a fumble of his own on a muffed punt by Dallas. Bush is the special teams star of the day.
- James Jones–Had his performance not been bookended by a fumble and a drop that could have turned into an interception, Jones probably could have been in the blue chip category. As it were, Jones led the team with eight catches for 128 yards including a touchdown. More than that, he displayed the big play ability the Packers needed without the services of Donald Driver or Jermichael Finley. Jones just needs to be consistent and he could be a big contributor down the stretch. Charles Woodson was very worthy of a red chip as well.
- Nick Collins–Collins had a huge fumble return for a touchdown in what was an otherwise positive performance, but one lapse in judgement marred an otherwise memorable evening. Bigby had every opportunity to break down and lower his head when attempting to put a hit on Roy Williams. Depending on whether or not the league wants to make an example out of Nick Collins, he may be subject to suspension. I don’t think Collins intentionally hit Williams in his head, but it doesn’t matter. He did, and he didn’t have to.