Rant and Rise: Green Bay Packers Win, Derek Jeter Ties Willies Mays, Rutgers Improves to 3-0

Here’s the latest edition of Rant and Rise for September 14, 2012.

Green Bay Packers Avoid 0-2 Start With Win Over Chicago Bears

After a disappointing loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1, the last thing they wanted to see happen was lose at home to the Bears and fall to 0-2 on the season.

Not only did Green Bay pull off the impressive 23-10 win over their division rivals, but the defense stepped it up big by recording seven sacks (including 3.5 by Clay Matthews) and four interceptions on Jay Cutler. For a unit that ranked near the bottom of the NFL in 2011, give the Packers’ defense credit for stepping up for such a crucial game.

Derek Jeter Ties Willie Mays On All-Time Hit List

While the New York Yankees recorded a 2-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday to remain on top of the AL East with the Baltimore Orioles, it was Jeter that stole the main headline on the night after he moved up in the history books once again.

With a single in the seventh inning, Jeter is now tied with Mays for 10th on the all-time hit list and should move up within the next few days as the Yankees continue to make a push for the 2012 postseason. For a 38-year-old, Jeter has been having a phenomenal 2012 campaign and has recorded at least one hit in each of his last nine games.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Improve to 3-0

In a battle of the Big East, Rutgers came through with a 23-13 win over the South Florida Bulls on Thursday to improve to 3-0 on the season. Jawan Jamison led the way for the Scarlet Knights by rushing for 151 yards with one touchdown, but it was the defense that shined once again.

The unit has only allowed 25 points over the first three games of the season—which is pretty impressive.