Continuing a tradition begun at Railbird Central, we give out our blue, red & cow chips from Saturday’s preseason win against the Seattle Seahawks…
- Aaron Rodgers: Was there any doubt Rodgers would get a blue chip for last evening’s performance? All he did was lead the Packers to two touchdowns in two possessions completing 8-of-11 passes for 116 yards and a 146.2 quarterback rating in the process. It may not be a stretch to call him the best quarterback in the NFL by the end of the season.
- Jermichael Finley: The tight end is emerging as Rodgers’ security blanket. On the Packers’ first possession he converted a key third down in the red zone to set up their first touchdown. On the second possession he scored the touchdown himself, a 12-yard strike that put the Packers on top 14-7. He finished the game leading the team with 4 receptions for 48 yards.
- Brandon Jackson: Most of his carries and yards came in the second half against the Seahawks second- and third-string defensive players, but he still provided a spark to a running game that couldn’t get going a week ago against Cleveland. Jackson finished with 80 yards, but more impressive was that it came on only 11 carries, good for a 7.3-yard average with a long of 26 yards. He shouldered the load on the Packers’ game-winning drive by carrying the ball the final 38 yards to the endzone on two carries. Plus he also caught one screen pass with the first-string offense that went for nine yards.
- Frank Zombo: Saturday’s performance alone wasn’t good enough for him to earn a roster spot with the Packers, but it was a step in the right direction. In fact, ever since coming back from an ankle injury that slowed him early in training camp, Zombo deserves credit for fighting through pain and contributing to the team. Last night he was the only Packer to register a sack, but he also led the team in tackles with five including one for a loss and one more quarterback hurry. Zombo has two quarterback hurries in two preseason games. The rest of the team team only has one.
- Breno Giacomini: The big man took a big blow to his chances of making the team. He had been putting up a good fight for most of training camp, but last night’s performances was downright pitiful. Giacomini gave up a sack to defensive end Nick Reed on a spin move that made him look silly. Later he missed an assignment on an off-tackle run to the right where he made the mistake of not sealing off the inside pursuit before moving onto the outside. He also gave up a quarterback hit on Matt Flynn in the second half. And if that weren’t enough, the final play of the first half was inexcusable. If Jason Spitz wasn’t called for a snap infraction, Giacomini would have been called offsides when the Packers were trying to set up a field goal before heading in for halftime.
- Jarrett Bush: Bush was picked upon in the second half of last night’s game as a cornerback and the result was two consecutive penalties that put the Seahawks in good field position. It can be argued whether Bush deserved the pass interference he was called for, but the unnecessary roughness penalty was spot on considering the emphasis referees placing on defenseless players this year. Bush also made a very poor attempt at a block on kickoff return in the first half of the football game.