Our weekly designations from the Green Bay Packers’ 20-17 loss to the Chicago Bears…
- Tramon Williams– It wasn’t so much that he led the team in tackles, but it was how he made the tackles. Several times Williams was seen rushing from the defensive backfield to meet running backs head-on. Or making open field tackles on wide receivers. Williams was free of the miscues of most of his teammates. His sack was a thing of beauty, perfectly designed by defensive coordinator Dom Capers to free up the cornerback untouched to the quarterback. Also had one punt return for 10 yards.
- Jermichael Finley–Led the team with 9 receptions for 115 yards. He’s a match-up nightmare taking advantage of 1-on-1 situations yet also able to find holes in the zone coverage. Should have had a touchdown if not called back on a holding call. His presence was missed when he had to exit the game due to cramps. He conceivably could have been on the field instead of Andrew Quarless when the rookie dropped the ball in the endzone.
- Aaron Rodgers–No one will blame the interception on Rodgers at the end of the first half. But he can be blamed for the intentional grounding penalty late in the fourth quarter. That’s about the only thing keep Rodgers from a blue chip performance. Going 34 of 45 for 315 yards is normally enough to win games although converting a few more third downs would be nice.
- Clay Matthews–He didn’t get a sack, but he did hit Jay Cutler two times. He also freed up several of his teammates for three sacks and was a force against the run. There were other candidates for a red chip including Charles Woodson, Cullen Jenkins, Nick Collins and John Kuhn.
- Chad Clifton & Mark Tauscher–Their penalties were bad enough. But their play was subpar as well. Both Tauscher and Clifton were guilty at one time or another of letting pressure get to Aaron Rodgers. And they were a couple of the reasons Packers running backs only gained 43 yards the entire night. More performances like these will only increase the calls for Bryan Bulaga to take one of the starting tackle jobs.
- James Jones–For every step forward, Jones takes two steps back. He did a nice job catching 5 balls for 55 yards and showed some nice powerful running by gaining some yards after the catch. But the fumble was just deflating. And makes two games in a row he’s fumbled now. Other candidates for a cow chip included Brandon Chillar, Tim Masthay, Brandon Jackson, Andrew Quarless, Daryn Colledge and anyone else with a penalty.