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Packer Notes: Matthews Is Honored, Shields Is Good, LJ is Done, and the Packers are No. 1

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 - According to the Press-Gazette, LB Clay Matthews is the NFC defensive player week. Obviously well deserved, but it made me wonder if it was his best game of the season? Was his 3 sack performance against the Eagles more impressive? 

 - For Greg Bedard's weekly segment of Mondays with Mike's Men, cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said that CB Sam Shields would be the nickelback even if CB Brandon Underwood was healthy. That's a little bit surprising. Shields is more likely to get his hand on the ball, but sometimes he seems to drift away from the receiver in coverage. Neither is perfect, but I expected they'd prefer Underwood this early in the season.

 - Not only is RB Larry Johnson done, another victim to the Curse of 370, but as was pointed out at Hogs Haven after the Redskins released him, he's never been good for locker room chemistry. He might workout for a few teams, but he doesn't seem like someone GM Ted Thompson would ever pursue.

 - According to Football Outsiders, the No. 1 rated team is the Green Bay Packers. Just ahead of the Falcons at No.2, and the Buccaneers at No. 3. If you expected the Bucs would be the No. 3 team in the NFL after two weeks, then you are a serious Bucs homer. All three teams got a big boost last week when they all wiped the floor with the bottom three teams in the rankings.