Packers MVP meter

Posted Sept. 28, 2010 @ 4:16 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

1. OLB Clay Matthews: Even though he had a relatively quiet night in the stats department against the Bears (three tackles, two QB hits), his three-sack efforts in each of Green Bay’s first two games are more than enough to keep him as the team’s top MVP candidate this early in the season. The Bears effectively slowed him down with extra blockers.

2. QB Aaron Rodgers: Rodgers was excellent for the most part matched up against Jay Cutler in Week Three, his two penalties and interception notwithstanding. He completed 34-of-45 passes for 316 yards and a TD (92.5 passer rating) and further endeared himself to his fantasy-football owners with a TD run for the second straight week.

3. TE Jermichael Finley: With apologies to Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, Finley certainly seems to have emerged as the Packers’ top receiving weapon after his second strong performance in a row. He caught all nine of the passes thrown to him by Rodgers for 115 yards, including a long of 28. Finley also had a TD catch negated by a Mark Tauscher holding penalty.

4. C Mike Wells: Wells has been rock-solid in the middle of the Packers’ offensive line, which despite its shaky effort against the Bears is looking much better than it looked at the same time a year ago. Wells was the only Packers offensive lineman in Week Three not to draw a flag and has been assignment-correct much more often than not so far this season.

5. WR-RS Jordy Nelson: Nelson continues to make valuable contributions both as a kickoff returner (averaging just under 20 yards on five returns vs. Chicago, including a long of 40) and a receiver (three catches for 20 yards vs. Bears).