Our weekly designations from the Green Bay Packers' 34-16 win over the San Francisco 49ers...
- Greg Jennings–Continuing his string of recent solid play, Jennings led the team in both receptions and receiving yards with 6 for 122 yards. After falling behind 6-0, his second quarter touchdown kept the Packers up for good. Going deep on free play when the 49ers jumped offsides, Jennings and Rodgers displayed great awareness. And his second touchdown of the game made of 11 on the year.
- Aaron Rodgers–For the fifth consecutive game, Rodgers didn't throw a single interception. Seemingly ever since the Packers started their four-game winning streak earlier in the season, Rodgers has been on fire. He was 21 of 30 for 298 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions on Sunday against the 49ers, while staking his claim to a Pro Bowl berth.
- James Starks–He needs work in pass protection and has to do the little things like remembering to stay in bounds while milking the clock, but for a rookie making his NFL debut, Starks did fantastic. Leading the way with 18 carries for 73 yards, he looked impressive by showing some determined running, bouncing off tacklers and falling forward. And consider that several of those carries came in the fourth quarter when the Niners knew that the Packers would run just to run time off the clock. Compared to Brandon Jackson's four carries, it's probably safe to say Starks is the Packers' featured back.
- John Kuhn–Looking at his yardage only belies Kuhn's production. While he only had 13 yards on six carries, five out of Kuhn's six carries went for either a first down or a touchdown. Utilized perfectly, he's at his best when he's used only as a short-yardage back and a fullback. With Starks now in the picture, Kuhn shouldn't be needed to carry the ball on a consistent basis, which fits his talents.
- Chad Clifton–It's not entirely due to Clifton, but some of the offense's shortcomings are one the shoulders of the offensive line. Four sacks allowed and a running game that sputtered at times showed the offense wasn't always operating at peak efficiency. Clifton was the weak link.
- Tight ends–Between three running back sets and the "Big Five," the tight end is seemingly being phased out of the Packers' offense. That's an exaggeration, but with only one catch by Andrew Quarless and none by either Donald Lee or Tom Crabtree, the tight ends aren't exactly being looked at as a significant threat in the passing game.
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