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Packers players of the week

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Dan Arkush
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By Dan Arkush

The Packers' offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the week in their 13-10 overtime loss to the Redskins in Week Five:

Offense: Brandon Jackson

Jackson made a major statement to the many critics who have continued to question the Packers' ground game with a big-time effort. In addition to rumbling for 115 yards on 10 carries, including a long gain of 71 yards that set up Green Bay's first score of the game, he had a team-leading five catches for 25 yards.   

Defense: Clay Matthews

With apologies to Desmond Bishop, who registered a team-leading 13 tackles, a sack, two QB hurries and one pass breakup in place of the injured Nick Barnett, Matthews gets the nod with three tackles, 1½ sacks (to raise his league-leading total to 8½), three QB hurries and relentless pressure before being forced to leave the game with a hamstring injury late in the third quarter. Matthews' second-quarter sack of McNabb, when he ran down the Redskins' QB from behind, was the best defensive play of the day by the Packers. After he went out, the Redskins' offense immediately began moving the chains with greater effectiveness.

Special teams: Korey Hall

Hall was a special-teams heavweight with a team-leading three special-teams tackles, including one that aborted a likely return for a TD by the Redskins.

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