Winner: Carrington Valentine
McDuffie wasn't the only young defensive player to make a statement in Week 9. Rookie Carrington Valentine faced the daunting task of replacing Rasul Douglas in the starting lineup. The Packers traded Douglas before last week's deadline. With Eric Stokes on injured reserve, Green Bay turned to its seventh-round rookie to start opposite Jaire Alexander.
Valentine was one of the Packers' standout performers over the summer and made plays in the preseason. The Packers had confidence in him. In Week 9, he made the most of his opportunity.
He couldn't stop breaking up passes. Valentine finished with a team-best three pass defenses, but even that doesn't tell the full story. He often had excellent coverage, even when matched up with Rams rookie star receiver Puka Nacua. Valentine came close to making his first career interception late in the game.
Perhaps the most impressive part of Valentine's performance was the confidence he played with. The regular-season stage clearly isn't too big for him.
Yes, the Rams were without starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, but they have an outstanding receiving duo of Cooper Kupp and Puka Nacua. Valentine held his own against the Rams' best receivers, showing the Packers why they can trust him to replace Douglas in the starting lineup moving forward.