With the Packers on their bye week, the Head Cheese hands out his midseason awards:
Bleu Cheese Award: I don't like bleu cheese. Never have. And it stinks, just like injuries do. This season's Bleu Cheese award goes to: Ryan Grant, Jermichael Finley, Nick Barnett, Brad Jones and Morgan Burnett.
Parmesan Cheese Award: B. J Raji. This stuff makes everything taste better. Raji serves that purpose for the Pack's rejuvenated defense. He occupies blockers and disrupts the offense in so many ways. Raji's been asked to play a lot of snaps, with three other linemen missing games due to injury. His play has been fantastic--he's taken a huge leap from his rookie year.
Cream Cheese Award: Tramon Williams. Nothing covers a bagel like cream cheese, and very few corners are covering top flight receivers as well as the soon-to-be exceedingly wealthy Williams. His play helped make the Al Harris decision an easy one. What a road from undrafted free agent to shut down corner.
Gouda Award: To Aaron Rodgers, who's been Gouda but not great, so far this season. We finally saw the offense perform up to preseason expectations in the Dallas game, but unless we see a repeat performance against the Vikings, we'll continue to be a little underwhelmed by the results so far.
Ricotta Cheese: It's smooth and makes a great filling, which reminds me of two guys who were asked to jump in and replace starters. Desmond Bishop and Charlie Peprah have stepped in and played so smoothly that you don't even think about Barnett and Burnett these days.
Mozzarella Cheese Award: It's mild, you hardly notice its taste: kind of like the play of the offensive line this season. All five starters share this award, with special nods to Josh Sitton, playing at a Pro Bowl level and tackles Chad Clifton and Bryan Bulaga. As long as Clifton's knee holds up, the Pack will be able to let the rookie man the right side. He'll only give that spot back to Mark Tauscher if he or Clifton get hurt.
Wisconsin Cheddar Award: There's nothing better. It's as good as it gets. The creme de la creme. Clay Matthews is the clear winner of this coveted award. He's the sack leader in the NFL and showed how disruptive a force he can be against the Cowboys, with a sack, an interception return for a TD and the signature play of the game: blowing up Marion Barber in the backfield on a third and short. His value was evident when he exited the Redskins game and then missed the Dolphins game. He is an ideal fit for Dom Capers' system and he has shown it from Day one. Outside of Aaron Rodgers, Matthews' health is the key if the Packers are going to make a deep post-season run.
Feel free to add any awards of your own in the comments section...and as always, follow the Pack 24/7 at ww.theheadcheese.com
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