Our weekly designations from the Green Bay Packers' 23-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins...
- B.J. Raji–Raji has been solid pretty much all season for the Packers. If you consider the loss of Johnny Jolly before the season even began to the losses of Ryan Pickett and Mike Neal on Sunday, his performance is even all the more important. And he plays at a pretty high level despite not getting much of a breather. Raji plays a large majority of all the snaps along the defensive line. He didn't have a sack on Sunday, but he did have 7 tackles, 1 going for a loss. His biggest play of the day was a batted fourth quarter Chad Henne pass on third down that forced a punt.
- Greg Jennings–It sure didn't hurt that Jennings expressed his frustration about the team's offensive troubles. Although maybe not a direct result, Jennings led the team in receptions with 6 for 133 yards including an electrifying catch for 86 yards and a touchdown. The team's number one wide receiver looked like it for perhaps the first time this season.
- Tramon Williams–Yes, Jennings gave up some receptions to Brandon Marshall. It's bound to happen. But he also had a key interception that led to a Packers touchdown on the very next offensive play. Williams tacked on 7 tackles and a pass defended as he continues to put together a very good season.
- Desmond Bishop–Through two games, Bishop has looked no worse than the man he's replacing. On Sunday he was one of the few players to put any pressure on Henne with a quarterback hit. He also had a fourth quarter pass deflection that led to a Miami punt (later dismissed by penalty). Other candidates for red chips included Brad Jones and Mason Crosby.
- Jordy Nelson–Nelson was more involved in the offense than ever before (in part making up for the loss of Jermichael Finley), but his multiple drops hurt the Packers for the second consecutive week. And ever since his two-fumble game, he hasn't done anything to help the return game. He had 1 unspectacular return for 18 yards against the Dolphins.
- Korey Hall–I've made this a space for player performance, and it's tough to entirely place blame on Hall. Mike McCarthy and Dom Capers are other worthy candidates for this space as well. But Hall didn't help the team's cause giving up a sack in pass protection and a costly penalty on special teams. Although he made some nice blocks and tackles as well. Other candidates for cow chips include John Kuhn, Bryan Bulaga and Aaron Rodgers.
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