The Green Bay Packers added to their disappointing season last Sunday night when they lost to the Minnesota Vikings. The loss put their record at 4-6-1 and decimated any playoff hope. Minnesota quarterback, Kirk Cousins, went off and finished the game completing 29 of 38 passes for 342 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Green Bay defense, who was plagued by injuries, struggled to keep the Vikings from scoring in the 4th quarter. Players like Blake Martinez and Jaire Alexander looked good all night but it was Kenny Clark who was this week’s “Defensive Player of the Week.”
Kenny Clark ended the game with 4 tackles (1.5 of them for a loss) and 1 sack. Clark was the only player who was able to get pressure on Kirk Cousins. His first impactful play came on 3rd and 1 with 5 minutes left in the first half. The ball was snapped and handed to the running back but Clark and Montravious Adams were able to halt the play and force a Minnesota field goal attempt. However, his best play of the night came in the 3rd quarter when the Vikings offense was on a roll and Green Bay was barely clinging on to the game. Kirk Cousins got the snap and Clark was able to beat a double team from the center and right guard to sack Cousins for a loss of 8 yards. Like I said previously, Kenny Clark was the only player able to apply any sort of pressure on Kirk Cousins and one of the big reasons the Vikings didn’t win by a larger margin.
Kenny Clark has been a beast throughout this entire season and it is time for the nation to recognize his name. Comparing him to other great interior defensive lineman, he has more tackles than players like Aaron Donald, Geno Atkins, and Cameron Heyward. He has more sacks than pass rushers like Terrell Suggs, Cameron Wake, and Akiem Hicks. Kenny Clark has been playing like a Pro-Bowl defensive tackle all season and should be voted in. To vote for the Green Bay interior lineman go to www.nfl.com/probowl/ballot. Clark is having the best season by a Packer defensive tackle since B.J. Raji in 2010 and it is only right for him to be rewarded with a trip to the NFL Pro-Bowl game.