1. QB Aaron Rodgers: Rodgers remains at the top of our MVP meter despite sitting out the Week 15 game against New England. Entering the Week 14 game against Detroit, he was on a month-long roll that catapulted him into the conversation for league MVP honors. He currently is the league’s fourth highest-rated passer (98.5) behind Tom Brady (109.9). Philip Rivers (105.7) and Michael Vick (103.6) — pretty good company, to say the least. Would he have made a difference against New England had he been able to play? That’s probably debatable, considering how well backup Matt Flynn did in his place for the most part. But it goes without saying that the Packers are better off with A-Rod under center ASAP.
2. WR Greg Jennings: Jennings has come down to earth the past couple of weeks. After catching four passes for 52 yards and dropping what should have been an easy 73-yard TD pass that was turned into a Lions interception in Week 14, he caught only four passes for 30 yards against New England, but did catch a one-yard TD pass that culminated a sweet 13-play, 82-yard scoring drive that gave Green Bay an improbable 17-7 lead at one point. With seven TDs in his last six games and 12 TDs overall, which ties him with Detroit’s Calvin Johnson for the most in the NFC, Jennings still looks like a legitimate Pro Bowl selection.
3. OLB Clay Matthews: The “Claymaker” also has come down to earth recently — he had a mere two tackles against the Pats withoutt even a pressure — but he still remains the NFC’s top sacker with 12½ to his credit and still figures to get some consideration for Defensive Player of the Year honors.
4. CB Tramon Williams: Williams’ scant numbers on the Week 15 stat sheet (one tackle) do not reflect the stellar job he continues do in coverage. Neither Wes Welker (3-42) nor Deion Branch (2-33) were a major factor for the Patriots on Sunday night.
5. NT B.J. Raji: We thought long and hard about moving Raji up a notch after his terrific outing against New England — two sacks for 17 yards in losses (he now has 5½ sacks for the season) and two tackles that stopped RB BenJarvus Green for no gain. He continues to show amazing strength and stamina and appears to have stepped up his inside pressure a notch with DE Cullen Jenkins out of the lineup.