One can be forgiven for assuming that the Green Bay Packers would have a rough night on defense on Sunday. With two starters out, the Packers went into their game against the New York Giants with a second-round pick from 2015, a second-year undrafted free agent, an undrafted rookie, and a fifth-round pick from 2013 who was moving from safety as their cornerbacks in the game.
All that group did was shut down the Giants' talented receivers all game, keeping them under 100 receiving yards combined.
That is a testament to the quality of players that the Packers have identified and developed over the past few years in the secondary and the tutelage of Joe Whitt and company. While other secondaries might have wilted under similar circumstances (as the Giants did), Green Bay's unit put up by far its best performance of the year against the pass.
Finally, yesterday there was an emotional moment on television, as Green Bay's quarterback took some time to recognize a fan who is doing something incredible. Watch, take it in, and we'll just assume that someone's cutting onions nearby.
LaDarius Gunter steps up in face of injuries at cornerback | Packers.com
The second-year corner from Miami appears to be following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Sam Shields - they both are men of few words, and they let their play do the talking. Gunter's play spoke volumes on Sunday night.
Packers' cornerback depth wins out | Packersnews.com
It wasn't just Gunter, but it was the way that Dom Capers used safeties to help out in the slot that allowed the Packers' defense to be successful on Sunday night. Meanwhile, the Giants' replacements for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple - including undrafted rookie Michael Hunter - got burned early and often.
A Teacher's Lifesaving Act of Kindness | EllenTV.com
A Packers fan and preschool teacher from Madison is donating a kidney to one of her students, and Aaron Rodgers (whom she "LOVES") congratulated and thanked her for her efforts. This is a really cool moment and should serve as a reminder for all the good going on in our communities and by NFL players.
The new Kuuuuuhn: New Packers fullback Aaron Ripkowski draws cheers - ESPN
Ripkowski's ridiculous 13-yard run on Sunday came with a lot of help from his offensive line, but he did a great job of pushing the pile himself as well as he recorded the longest run of his football life.
Best player at every position in Week 5 | PFF
The Packers landed three players on this list: Randall Cobb (who had 74 yards after the catch), JC Tretter, and T.J. Lang.
NFL power rankings 2016, Week 6: Vikings take over the top spot - SBNation.com
Sure, that's probably fair since they're the only undefeated team left. The Packers moved up one spot from 9 to 8 from last week, but the Cowboys vaulted over them, jumping from 12 to 7.
Minnesota Vikings sign veteran Jake Long - NFL.com
Long was the top overall pick in the 2008 draft, but he has torn ACLs twice and is now the likely replacement for right tackle Andre Smith, who went on injured reserve this week.