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PFW executive editor and resident Packers expert Dan Arkush presents a running meter that indicates the Packers' top five MVP candidates up through their most recent game.
1. OLB Clay Matthews: Matthews further solidified his league defensive MVP candidacy in Green Bay's Week 11 rout of the Vikings with a sack, five tackles, two tackles for loss, and a pair of QB hits. His sack increased his league-leading total to 11½, two more than his closest pursuer (Miami's Cameron Wake), and he is on pace to collect a most-impressive 18 sacks for the season. Matthews leads the Packers in both sacks and QB hurries (32) and is the sixth-leading tackler on the team with 33.
2. QB Aaron Rodgers: Rodgers has been playing at an elite level in his last two games, following up his strong prime-time effort against the Cowboys (289 yards, three TDs, zero interceptions, 131.5 passer rating) with an even stronger performance against Brett Favre and the Vikings in Week 11. After outplaying Favre in their first matchup this season in Week Seven, Rodgers dominated the former Packers legend in Week 11, registering a 141.3 passer rating, his second-highest rating for one game in his career. Rodgers threw for 301 yards with four TDs and zero interceptions against the Vikings. His 47-yard strike to WR Greg Jennings got the offense going after a slow first quarter, and from that point on, A-Rod couldn't have been operating in a higher gear. He showed great escapability on his first of three TD passes to Jennings.
3. WR Greg Jennings: Put simply, the Packers' No. 1 wideout is en fuego. Jennings made Minnesota's secondary look clueless Sunday with three TDs among his seven catches for 152 yards. He had receptions of 47 and 46 yards (the Packers' first TD) against the Vikings and has 32 catches for 520 yards (16.2 ypc) and six TDs in the last five games.
4. CB Tramon Williams: The man who made Al Harris expendable continued to make his presence felt in a major way with a beautiful interception on an inside route in the second quarter that helped set up a TD catch by James Jones. Williams now has a team-leading four interceptions and is the team's fifth-leading tackler with 34. He also leads the team in pass breakups (14) by a wide margin.
5. NT B.J. Raji: He quietly crept back into our top five with his latest strong effort anchoring a stout Packers' defensive front that did an impressive job in Minnesota holding RB Adrian Peterson relatively in check. Daily team observers believe Raji, who has specialized in staying on the field, could deserve Pro Bowl consideration.