4. Kenny Clark
Kenny Clark didn’t fill up the stat sheet (four tackles, one sack) but he did play a great game. Taking away the last drive when the Vikings ran at will, the Packers held the Vikings running backs in check.
The Vikings running backs finished with 62 yards on 21 carries for a 2.9 yards-per-carry average.
Clark was a large reason why. He was strong at the point and didn’t allow the linebackers to get swallowed up by linemen.
Kenny Clark is becoming a center piece to build around and one of the recent draft picks Ted Thompson got right. Clark can beat you at the snap and is more than willing to hustle when initially stumped. This was highlighted by his sack.
What has been missed on what is becoming a lost season, is how the defense and especially the defensive line, has come together. The Packers were missing Muhammad Wilkerson and Mike Daniels and still held the Vikings run game at bay.
If the defense could get more help from the offense, the D’s stats might look even better. The defense has played with the same amount of injuries as the offense but has figured out a way to come through. Turnovers are still lacking, but the defense has been progressing in ways the offense hasn’t.