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PFW executive editor and resident Packers expert Dan Arkush identifies three players or position groups on the rise as well as three players or position groups going in the opposite direction.
WR Jordy Nelson: Nelson is in a zone. Gaining an eye-popping 18.9 yards per catch, he suddenly has 756 receiving yards, only five behind team leader Greg Jennings, and nine touchdowns (two more than Jennings). Nelson had his third 100-yard receiving game in five weeks Sunday. He caught six passes for 123 yards and a pair of TDs, including a 40-yarder on 3rd-and-4 to seal Green Bay's 35-26 victory over the feisty Bucs.
CB Tramon Williams: Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman came right at Williams on Sunday and completed a fair number of passes in the corner's area. But Williams hung tough, registering two interceptions (he now has four in the past three games) and tying for the team lead in tackles with nine.
WR Donald Driver: The 37-year-old veteran receiver sure hasn't looked ready to be put out to pasture the last couple of games. After setting the tone against Minnesota with a beautiful 22-yard back-shoulder reception, Driver caught four passes for 72 yards vs. the Bucs with a long of 35.
Run defense: The pass defense has probably received more criticism, but the run defense has left just as much to be desired for a while now. The Packers have allowed more than 100 rushing yards five times in the past seven games and made Bucs RB LeGarrette Blount look like a man among boys Sunday on a 54-yard TD run on which he broke several tackle attempts.
CB Sam Shields: After showing signs of regaining the excellent form he displayed down the stretch last season, Shields broke down on two critical pass receptions by the Bucs late in the game, including a 37-yard sideline route by Arrelious Benn that led to a Tampa TD.
ORG Josh Sitton: Sitton, who has been more out of sorts than usual this season had a day he'd like to forget against the Buccaneers, getting hit with a pair of holding calls (one was declined) and a false-start penalty in an uncharacteristically subpar outing.