Every rose has its thorn, and every good game has its duds. This week the duds range from guys playing below what he have come to expect to the handwriting on the wall that marks the end of a career. The most positive thing I can say though is that for the first time in what seems like forever not a single offensive lineman or running back appears on this list.
Let’s meet the nominees….
WR Donald Driver – Yes it was very nice of him to switch assignments with Randall Cobb on Cobb’s first touchdown. Yes, Driver did a good job blocking on that play. Apart from that one play though Driver was just straight up awful from that point forward. Two targets, one catch…and it was an ugly catch. Coming into the season many, including this author, thought that Driver would have enough in the tank for one more season and be a contributor. We were all wrong. He’s not getting separation and not catching the ball. It’s been a good career with the Packers but keeping him around may have been a mistake.
OLB Clay Matthews – He played most of the game injured which may be a mitigating factor here, but the stat line pretty much speaks for itself: 0 tackles, 0 sacks and just one QB hit to mark him on the box score. Worse, he should have had a sack but couldn’t bring down John Skelton. Yes Skelton is a big body, but we aren’t talking Ben Roethlisberger or Daunte Culpepper in his prime. Clay should have had that one but it was just a bad game for him today. They happen.
TE Jermichael Finley – I guess watching a tape of yourself doing well two years ago doesn't really help you be great for the coming week. This was another week were the Packers were begging for guys to step up. Alex Green did. So did James Starks. James Jones and Randall Cobb continued do as much as they could to move the offense along. Hell, Tom Crabtree even showed some good ups. But Finley had less catches than Jarrett Boykin. He was also targeted as much as Boykin too. If he can't get open or find chemistry with the QB his time in Green Bay may be coming to an end.
K Mason Crosby – 1/2 is not the end of the world for a kicker, but it’s a bad day when both of those kicks are under 45 yard field goals. Right now he’s struggling and that’s not a good sign. If he keeps kicking like this the Packers may need to upgrade there during the offseason.