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Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers were gifted a huge boost this weekend thanks to Miami Dolphins backup quarterback Brock Osweiler, who impressively slid through the first-place Chicago Bears defense and salvaged a 31-28 win in overtime.

Oh, and another guy named Aaron Rodgers directed yet another comeback win over the San Francisco 49ers. It’s beginning to feel like we are mere spectators in a world ruled by Rodgers, one in which he continues to improve his stat line no matter what defensive schemes are thrown his way.

Rodgers threw for 425 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, narrowly escaping with a 33-30 victory after scoring twice in the final 1:55. The Packers find themselves in second place in the NFC North going into a bye week, during which Rodgers will reportedly remove his leg brace and continue rehabilitating the knee he injured in Week One.

Lorenzo Alexander

The Buffalo Bills captain had arguably his most dominant performance of the season Sunday in a 20-13 loss to the Houston Texans with four tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception. There hasn’t been much to get excited about for Alexander in Buffalo through six games, but the 35-year-old veteran has registered 28 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2018, providing much-needed assistance to a struggling defense.

While a winning season for the Bills may already be off the cards, Alexander is hoping to improve on his superior production against the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday. Expect Alexander to cause problems for Colts quarterback Andrew Luck alongside standout rookie linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.

Mitchell Schwartz

Kansas City Chiefs’ right tackle Mitchell Schwartz is considered one of the top and most consistent offensive lineman in the league so far this season. Before the Chiefs’ first loss to New England on Sunday night, Schwartz allowed only two hits and four hurries on star quarterback Patrick Mahomes II.

Schwartz has started in all six games so far this season. He currently holds the longest active streak for consecutive games played by an offensive lineman at 102, beating the next lineman on that list by 34 games. Kansas City is eager to get back on track with another “Sunday Night Football” appearance against the Cincinnati Bengals and star receiver A.J. Green.

Jared Goff

If he isn’t the best individual performer in this lot, Goff is most certainly the most improved quarterback in the league so far this season. The reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Month has led the Rams to an unprecedented 6-0 start but completed just 14 out of 28 passes with an interception in a 23-20 win in Denver over the weekend.

Goff’s versatile options at wide receiver have given him plenty of help on the stat sheet, as he rose to second in the league with 9.94 yards per passing attempt and fourth overall in total yards with 1,928. The Rams will face a subdued opponent in San Francisco on Sunday, who should be expecting the same offensive firepower Rodgers and Co. exhibited last weekend.

Spencer Golanka writes for Bear Bytes, the Daily Californian’s sports blog. Contact him at [email protected].