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Clay Matthews wins NFC defensive player of the week honors

So maybe former USC linebacker Brian Cushing doesn’t have NFL defensive rookie of the year honors locked up just yet.

Another former Trojan linebacker could be giving Cushing a run for his money.

According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has been named the NFC defensive player of the week.

Matthews had two sacks, a forced fumble, and six tackles during the Monday night victory over the Ravens.

Cushing, who plays for the Texans, recently was named defensive rookie of the month for November.

Both Cushing and Matthews were selected in round one of the 2009 draft.  They also were the subject of a false report that they had tested positive for steroids at the Scouting Combine.

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45 Responses to “Clay Matthews wins NFC defensive player of the week honors”
  1. Supersuckers says: Dec 9, 2009 8:57 AM

    What a terrible pick Thompson.
    Sincerely,
    Beer Cheese Soup

  2. Ambrose says: Dec 9, 2009 9:09 AM

    Vikings…take note…we are coming for you. If we don’t catch you this all-in year of yours (the year you have to win it all…or you will lose it all,) we will catch and exceed you for many years to come. This young Packer team is getting better and better with each passing week and the Vikings don’t scare anyone. The best of the worst…with two poor outings by the Packers thrown in for the purpose of conversation.

  3. Duan says: Dec 9, 2009 9:26 AM

    and the Browns passed up a legacy!?
    Can someone explain to me, why Mangini is still in Cleveland!?

  4. PervyHarvin says: Dec 9, 2009 9:30 AM

    @ Ambrose – Win a few and now you are champions? lol You have some losses coming up,don’t get too cocky.
    Not bad Clay, why don’t you and Hawk go get a damn hair cut now? This is the manly NFC North. Look the part. You guys look more like Kip Winger and Vince Neil than football players!

  5. PervyHarvin says: Dec 9, 2009 9:42 AM

    rudedog36 says:
    December 9, 2009 9:23 AM
    This guy is just awesome. I have a man crush on him.
    ————————————————–
    Thanks for justifying my thoughts all along. Man crush is a lame term used by idiots,which makes you one!

  6. extreme469 says: Dec 9, 2009 9:44 AM

    Mangini is such a joke. Why he didn’t go for Matthews is beyond me. How’s that center for a number one pick working out for you STUPID?

  7. Favre On HGH says: Dec 9, 2009 9:50 AM

    Picks are about as relevant as Pro-Bowl picks. At least they started picking people that play good teams instead of the usual team that plays the Browns, Rams, Lions or Bucs that week.
    Clay did deserve it, just found Woodson’s play to be more impressive.

  8. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Dec 9, 2009 9:51 AM

    Clay is really starting to produce, and has great upside. But Cushing has been doing it since day one. If he doesn’t slow down, I’d still say Cushing is the front runner.

  9. OmegaXxXNFL says: Dec 9, 2009 9:53 AM

    “You guys look more like Kip Winger and Vince Neil than football players!”
    Another brilliant post by PervyKool-Aid, Harvin! Keep up the bad work, you may be our little b!tch here but he_ll you are making a statement for retards all over the Minneapolis area and a franchise that cant win a phuckin super bowl if their life (stadium) depended on it.

  10. Emoney says: Dec 9, 2009 10:10 AM

    Percy,
    So all the black guys in the NFL can have long hair, but when a white guy has long hair, its not manly?
    ______________________________
    rudedog36 says:
    December 9, 2009 9:23 AM
    This guy is just awesome. I have a man crush on him.
    ————————————————–
    PervyHarvin says:
    Thanks for justifying my thoughts all along. Man crush is a lame term used by idiots,which makes you one!
    ———-
    My response:
    So rudedog36 can say that he has a man crush, but when you talk about how manly NFL players are, you don’t think you sound a little gay yourself? Plus, you’ve been sucking on Favre’s nuts all year. To me, that’s as gay as it gets.

  11. bobinpuertorico says: Dec 9, 2009 10:15 AM

    Cushing and Matthews are having great years, but do not forget Jairus Byrd. Buffalo has the worst run defense in the league and they lose most of their games, so teams do not bother passing much against the Bills. Despite this situation, rookie Jairus Byrd is tied with Darren Sharper for the most interceptions in the NFL with eight.

  12. Bob Loblaw says: Dec 9, 2009 10:21 AM

    wtf cash on delivery says: “Green Bay I think cloned multiple blonde haired white guys cause the team is loaded with them.”
    Listen, I’m a Vikings fan and I love the way Clay Matthews plays. But he’s no clone of A.J. Hawk. A.J. is an average-to-solid starting LB. Had he been even a 2nd round pick (like fellow Ohio Stater James Laurenitis of the Rams this year), that would be fine. But he hasn’t justified a top 5 pick status.
    Matthews is already the better LB, and given that he was a walk-on and one-year starter at USC and his family genes, I think he will be a perennial Pro Bowler in the future.
    (BTW– y0u guys got Bob Nelson and Jimmy Smith, we’ve got Pervy Harvin.)

  13. PervyHarvin says: Dec 9, 2009 10:25 AM

    Emoney – No man crush on Favre. Just like how he plays. Simple as that.
    Black dudes with the Rasta look has always been around. Come on dude,white boys with 80′s hair is stupid! Manly has nothing to do with gay.

  14. jesuswasapacker123 says: Dec 9, 2009 10:28 AM

    Claw matthews will be defensive MVP in 3 years bank on it

  15. Bordner says: Dec 9, 2009 10:33 AM

    I agree with launcher – going forward, all articles, columns, posts, etc. should refer to him as “future Hall of Famer” Clay Matthews

  16. grey32 says: Dec 9, 2009 10:38 AM

    Hey this guy Matthews deserves the honor, I’m an embarrassed Raven fan. Green Bay cleaned our clocks. It’s very sad to watch a team put a defense on the field that looks so much like Raven defenses of old.
    But; now we have these inept coaches and we sit in despair and watch our team self destruct, it’s even more painful on MNF.
    Good job Matthews – good to see there are still players that play football
    Despondent in Baltimore

  17. Beer Cheese Soup says: Dec 9, 2009 10:39 AM

    Supersuckers says:
    What a terrible pick Thompson.
    Sincerely,
    Beer Cheese Soup
    ____________________________________
    Your obsession with me is getting downright scary.

  18. cusoman says: Dec 9, 2009 10:47 AM

    Hate to say it, but BobLob (can I call you that?) is right, Pervy is definitely our Nelson and Smith… though his tactics are a little less coy than theirs ;)
    Grats Clay, well deserved.
    Those that are saying this young Packer team is shaping up and will be a force to reckon with for years to come are probably right, but you’re forgetting that there is a ton of young talent on the Vikes side as well. If the matchups are great for years to come, we all benefit with some good football!
    For the love of the game, I just hope the purple are still around for us to enjoy the rivalry…

  19. Supersuckers says: Dec 9, 2009 10:53 AM

    Beer Cheese Soup says:
    December 9, 2009 10:39 AM
    Supersuckers says:
    What a terrible pick Thompson.
    Sincerely,
    Beer Cheese Soup
    ____________________________________
    Your obsession with me is getting downright scary.

  20. juggernuts says: Dec 9, 2009 11:00 AM

    Matthews is quickly becoming my favorite Packer. I think it is unfair to compare him to A.J. Hawk though because they play different positions. Matthews is more of a defensive end in the 3-4 than a linebacker and A.J. is a middle linebacker. That said I don’t think Hawk has played up to his 5th overall selection yet either.

  21. cheddar is beddar says: Dec 9, 2009 11:08 AM

    Pack fans who are saying this team is young and will be a force for years to come need to look across the border and recognize that AD, Harvin, Rice, Greenway, and Loadholdt, among others are young too and will be as equal a force as the Pack’s young players. Which like cusoman said, will make for good football down the road, which is all we can hope for.

  22. PervyHarvin says: Dec 9, 2009 11:24 AM

    cheddar is beddar says: Pack fans who are saying this team is young and will be a force for years to come need to look across the border and recognize that AD, Harvin, Rice, Greenway, and Loadholdt, among others are young too and will be as equal a force as the Pack’s young players. Which like cusoman said, will make for good football down the road, which is all we can hope for.
    ===================================
    True. If the Vikings are in MN right?

  23. Schau3r says: Dec 9, 2009 11:48 AM

    Yeah, I’ll look across the border at those players while their quarterbacks continue to drag them down. Name one team in these league that has crap at QB and is still successful. Enjoy your 1 year loan at QB.

  24. Bob Nelson says: Dec 9, 2009 11:50 AM

    Ted Thompson made an expensive trade to get Matthews and the price of the trade is justified.
    To be a winner you have to have quality people like Matthews and not the druggies who show up on Turd Watch.

  25. lebowski says: Dec 9, 2009 11:55 AM

    Vikings and Packers have both done a great job of mixing young talent with solid veterans. The problem for both teams is the age of important positions. Packers best two corners are in their 30s. Their left tackle is done. They may get one more year out of their right tackle. Vikings have a really old quarterback (what’s his name), Antoine Winfield and Pat Williams are getting near the end, and they are gonna have to replace the left side of their O line in the near future. Good thing they didn’t pull what Chicago did and give up their drafts for a mediocre player. Great rivalry.

  26. FootballPhil says: Dec 9, 2009 12:00 PM

    # cheddar is beddar says: December 9, 2009 11:08 AM
    Pack fans who are saying this team is young and will be a force for years to come need to look across the border and recognize that AD, Harvin, Rice, Greenway, and Loadholdt, among others are young too and will be as equal a force as the Pack’s young players. Which like cusoman said, will make for good football down the road, which is all we can hope for.
    ——————————————————-
    Wait, you’re forgetting an important issue. Next year, Favre is gone. Then it will be back to good old Chilly ball. He can can not draft a QB with any talent, history has proven this.
    Next season, after the Vikings lose in round one of the playoffs, every team will be stacking the box like years past and then it’s a return to .500 football!
    Then, the following season, it will be the LA Viqueens.
    I wonder if they will rename them? Or do they stay with the old name like the Lakers did? So long! Have fun watching your team on Directv!

  27. PervyHarvin says: Dec 9, 2009 12:44 PM

    Bob Loblaw says: (BTW– y0u guys got Bob Nelson and Jimmy Smith, we’ve got Pervy Harvin.)
    ————————————————–
    I take putting me in the same light as them as a big mistake. You lil buddy, just got demoted to “pretender fan.” Forgot more ball than you know.

  28. cheddar is beddar says: Dec 9, 2009 1:21 PM

    # Schau3r says: December 9, 2009 11:48 AM
    Yeah, I’ll look across the border at those players while their quarterbacks continue to drag them down. Name one team in these league that has crap at QB and is still successful. Enjoy your 1 year loan at QB.
    To answer your question and to simultaneously prove you wrong…Orton/Simms, could make a case with Garrard.
    Beside that fact, your statement didn’t hold much water in the first place. Dilfer and Brad Johnson both have rings.

  29. packers4life says: Dec 9, 2009 1:33 PM

    With all the criticism regarding how Thompson drafts, you have to at least give him credit for snatching Clay Matthews. What a great pick.

  30. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Dec 9, 2009 1:43 PM

    PervyHarvin says:
    December 9, 2009 9:30 AM
    @ Ambrose – Win a few and now you are champions? lol You have some losses coming up,don’t get too cocky.
    Not bad Clay, why don’t you and Hawk go get a damn hair cut now? This is the manly NFC North. Look the part. You guys look more like Kip Winger and Vince Neil than football players!
    —————————-
    …said a huge fan of trailer park Jared Allen.

  31. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Dec 9, 2009 1:45 PM

    Bob Loblaw says:
    December 9, 2009 10:21 AM
    (BTW– y0u guys got Bob Nelson and Jimmy Smith, we’ve got Pervy Harvin.)
    —————————–
    Don’t forget jeff and DocBG. Those guys are really intelligent posters, too.
    *vomit*

  32. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Dec 9, 2009 1:46 PM

    PervyHarvin says:
    December 9, 2009 10:25 AM
    Emoney – No man crush on Favre. Just like how he plays. Simple as that.
    Black dudes with the Rasta look has always been around. Come on dude,white boys with 80′s hair is stupid! Manly has nothing to do with gay.
    ——————————
    And wearing purple and blonde braides is really manly!

  33. wrath4771 says: Dec 9, 2009 1:46 PM

    I have to agree Cushing and Byrd should be the front runners, but Mathews has done an excellent job. I think it was a mistake to wait until Game 5 or 6 to really start giving him playing time. All Mathews does is hustle and make plays.

  34. wrath4771 says: Dec 9, 2009 1:47 PM

    And look out…Raji is starting to establish himself as well.

  35. PervyHarvin says: Dec 9, 2009 2:15 PM

    Adam!! I don’t wear those girly Vikings braids!Men shouldn’t. Jared has a mullet guy. Nothing like those Fabio looking dudes. I will say though,Raji and Mathews are starting to work out. Good. I want competition,not cakewalk between us.

  36. badfish69 says: Dec 9, 2009 3:14 PM

    No a mullet is like a 1000 times worse.

  37. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Dec 9, 2009 4:06 PM

    PervyHarvin says:
    December 9, 2009 2:15 PM
    Adam!! I don’t wear those girly Vikings braids!Men shouldn’t. Jared has a mullet guy. Nothing like those Fabio looking dudes. I will say though,Raji and Mathews are starting to work out. Good. I want competition,not cakewalk between us.
    —————————-
    Cakewalk? The Vikings win sweep the Packers one season and all of a sudden it’s a cakewalk? Please. Wake us when you win a playoff game.. Or sell out a home playoff game without an extension.
    And mullets are bad. Really bad. You said Hawk and Mathews’ hair is from the 80s. When do you think mullets were prevalent?
    I will give you your props for actually criticizing something related to the Vikings, though. I never thought I’d see the day you’d say those braids are gay. Maybe there’s hope for you yet.
    But didn’t you say Raji was a “bust in waiting”?
    And for the record, I’d never wear my hair like Hawk or Mathews. I think it’s gross. Just like mullets.

  38. jeff says: Dec 9, 2009 5:01 PM

    Adam-Chris Scheftersen says:
    December 9, 2009 1:45 PM
    Bob Loblaw says:
    December 9, 2009 10:21 AM
    (BTW– y0u guys got Bob Nelson and Jimmy Smith, we’ve got Pervy Harvin.)
    —————————–
    Don’t forget jeff and DocBG. Those guys are really intelligent posters, too.
    *vomit*
    ===============================
    Says the guy that offered to mail me some of his shit.
    Seriously, who would even think to do that?
    You must have been to the post office yesterday to sen out mail. Thank god I’m not on your mailing list.
    people expecting fruitcake or something and instead get a 2 pound shit. I’m sure you mail c.o.d. too.
    I just can’t take a person serious that puts turds in the mail.

  39. Beer Cheese Soup says: Dec 9, 2009 5:22 PM

    packers4life says:
    With all the criticism regarding how Thompson drafts, you have to at least give him credit for snatching Clay Matthews. What a great pick.
    ____________________________________
    True enough. I hate Thompson more than almost anyone out there, but even I have to take off my cheese hat to him for this year’s draft.
    Word is it was actually Capers that wanted Matthews so badly, but it was still Thompson that was willing to put his ego aside for once and do what it took to make it happen. Maybe now (if he keeps his job) he’ll know to listen to the actual experts more often. Great pick regardless, and Raji isn’t looking half bad either.

  40. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Dec 9, 2009 5:37 PM

    jeff says:
    December 9, 2009 5:01 PM
    Says the guy that offered to mail me some of his shit.
    Seriously, who would even think to do that?
    You must have been to the post office yesterday to sen out mail. Thank god I’m not on your mailing list.
    people expecting fruitcake or something and instead get a 2 pound shit. I’m sure you mail c.o.d. too.
    I just can’t take a person serious that puts turds in the mail.
    ——————————
    You’re obsessed with shit. That’s why I offered to mail you some. It’s clearly on your mind ALL THE TIME. I still don’t understand why you think 2-tapered is such an insult. It’s more of an insult to suggest someone only has 1-tapered poops. Like you.

  41. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Dec 9, 2009 5:39 PM

    It works like clockwork, too. I insult your intelligence.. You show up and prove my point.
    Game, set and match.

  42. cheddar is beddar says: Dec 9, 2009 7:36 PM

    “Word is it was actually Capers that wanted Matthews so badly, but it was still Thompson that was willing to put his ego aside for once and do what it took to make it happen. Maybe now (if he keeps his job) he’ll know to listen to the actual experts more often. Great pick regardless, and Raji isn’t looking half bad either.”
    I am almost certain it was Thompson that wanted Matthews badly. It is known that he went to the USC pro-day to make Matthews his top priority. He was enamored with him before the draft. Although Capers might have put his two cents in, I believe it was Thompson who kept his finger on the trigger from Day 1.

  43. jeff says: Dec 10, 2009 8:57 AM

    Game set and match?
    LOL, that is too funny.
    You don’t haveany intelligence of your own, how would you be able to recognize it or the lack of it in anyone else?
    You are nothing but a stat hound that thinks he “wins” arguments with “research” of said stats.
    Here is a little secret for you…..stats can be twisted any way you like to fit your argument.
    You aren’t “winning” anything, you are wasting your time.
    You are the joke on here, not me.
    All I did was ask if you wanted to enter Big Turd 09. next thing you know you want to mail me shit. It was an innocent question. You are full of it, i figured you may have a 2lb 14 inch turd in ya.
    Keep thinking you are winning, winning? WTF?!
    What an idiot.

  44. Supersuckers says: Dec 10, 2009 9:35 AM

    cheddar is beddar says:
    December 9, 2009 7:36 PM
    “Word is it was actually Capers that wanted Matthews so badly, but it was still Thompson that was willing to put his ego aside for once and do what it took to make it happen. Maybe now (if he keeps his job) he’ll know to listen to the actual experts more often. Great pick regardless, and Raji isn’t looking half bad either.”
    I am almost certain it was Thompson that wanted Matthews badly. It is known that he went to the USC pro-day to make Matthews his top priority. He was enamored with him before the draft. Although Capers might have put his two cents in, I believe it was Thompson who kept his finger on the trigger from Day 1.
    —-
    Cheddar Majik just pulls his info right from his butt most times. yes Thompson went to SC and…..you are correct based on facts. Majik was also a Packer Fan until they wisely dumped Favre to the Jets then he switched to a Jets fan and now a Viking fan. Because of one player. With one ring in 19 years.

  45. Supersuckers says: Dec 10, 2009 9:58 AM

    Jeff,
    We are all jokes on here. Simpleton fans that know nothing.

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