Matthews Wins Defensive Honor

LB Clay Matthews (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

Matthews is one of only six players with at least six sacks in two games in league history since the NFL began counting sacks in 1982. That and a few other odds and ends as the Packers got Wednesday off.

Clay Matthews was named the NFC's defensive player of the week after his three-sack performance against Buffalo on Sunday.

Matthews won the award after his two-sacks, six-tackles performance against Baltimore last season. Matthews was nominated for the award last week, when, at the time of voting, he was coming off a two-sack game against Philadelphia. Only after the voting was complete was Matthews given a third sack.

Matthews is one of only six players in league history with at least six sacks in two games since the NFL began counting sacks in 1982, according to the NFL.

Jermichael Finley was nominated for the offense award that went to Atlanta running back Jason Snelling.

Workouts

The Packers had two players in for workouts this week but no moves were made. Fox Sports' Adam Caplan told Packer Report that defensive end Chris Cooper and linebacker Bruce Davis visited on Tuesday. Cooper was a sixth-round draft choice by Oakland in 2001 who hasn't played in an NFL game since 2007 with Arizona. Davis was a third-round pick by Pittsburgh in 2008 who spent a short time this season on San Francisco's practice squad.

Old rivalry

As you probably know, no two teams have played each other more than the Packers and Bears. This will be matchup No. 180, including the playoffs, with Chicago holding a 91-82-6 edge. Chicago's 711 wins are the most in NFL history, followed by the Packers with 681 and the Giants a distant third at 647. The Packers lead the way in championships with 12, followed by the Bears with nine and Giants with seven.

"We know it's a division game," Packers receiver Donald Driver said. "Those guys don't like us and we don't like them.  The fans don't like each other and it goes back and forth between Bears fans and Packers fans."

With the game on Monday, the Wednesday-through-Friday practice schedule was shifted to Thursday through Saturday.

Say cheese!

The Packers took their team photo on Wednesday.


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