Packers: Top five performers vs. Redskins in Week 14 win

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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Green Bay Packers, Kenny Clark
Green Bay Packers, Kenny Clark (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

3. Kenny Clark

One player who seems to have come alive over the past few weeks is Kenny Clark. Against the Giants, Clark was as disruptive a player the Packers had on defense. He was a consistent presence in the backfield and key to limiting Saquon Barkley‘s production.

In this game Clark picked it up even more, notching 1.5 sacks, doubling his sack total on the year. In addition, Clark appeared to be just a step or two late on one or two others.

Clark was the one to get the day started with his first sack on the first possession of the game. On third-and-nine at the 26-yard line Clark went around the interior of the Redskins line with Kyler Fackrell to bring Dwayne Haskins down and force a three-and-out.

He was also a large reason why the Redskins had a difficult time getting going in the run game. Although they eventually figured it out, Washington’s best runs were on the edges and not up the middle to Clark’s area.

That Clark is getting going now is a good sign for the rest of the season. The Smiths, Za’Darius and Preston, have done a good job carrying the Packers pass rush so far this season, but you can never have too many good rushers.

Clark’s best contributions may be still to come. With three division games to close out the season, Clark has the chance to really make his mark before the postseason.