Our weekly "Chips Report" will always include two blue chippers (outstanding, exceptional play), two red chippers (good, though maybe not great) and two cow chips (dud performances). From the preseason Week 2 win against the Arizona Cardinals...
- Chastin West––The most electrifying play of the night came from West, a 97-yard touchdown strike that he caught in stride down the right sideline from Matt Flynn that put the Packers back on top 21-20 after they had fallen behind. West was the team's leading receiver with five catches for 134 yards in total showing he also had the trust of Graham Harrell, who threw three of his receptions. The touchdown pass will get all the attention, but West also showed a toughness by not going down easily on a couple of his other receptions. In the third quarter he got his helmet ripped off but kept going until he got pushed out of bounds. In the fourth quarter, he took a pass from Harrell and was whistled down by forward progress, refusing to be tackled. The Packers may have to keep six wide receivers if they don't want to lose West.
- Quarterbacks––Though they were sacked more than their fair share because of a leaky offensive line, all three quarterbacks were on top of their games on Friday night. Consider Aaron Rodgers threw three incompletions all night, Harrell two and Flynn only one. After a rough first series, Rodgers went to the no-huddle later and finished completing 9 of 12 for 97 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions for a 126.0 rating. Flynn went 5 of 6 for 141 yards, one touchdown with no interceptions for a perfect passer rating of 158.3. Harrrell completed 7 of 9 for 81 yards, one TD and no INTs for a rating of 141.2. Their combined passer rating was 152.9. Amazing.
- Donald Driver––To those that thought time had passed Driver by, think again. The savvy vet caught three passes for 40 yards from Rodgers last night, acting as the quarterback's security blanket, all the passes resulting in first downs. The most impressive was on the Packers' second possession of the game following a sack that set up third-and-16. Rodgers hooked up with Driver for 17 yards, just enough for the first down to keep the chains moving.
- B.J. Raji––With Mike Neal sitting out the game with injury and C.J. Wilson exiting the game with a concussion, Raji showed just how valuable he is to the defensive line. He made two tackles on the evening, coming on back-to-back plays in the second quarter, the second of which resulted in a one-yard loss for Cardinals running back LaRod Stephens-Howling that set up a third down. More than that, Raji was a general nuisance in the Cardinals backfield and showed comfort lining up at end instead of nose tackle where he played all last year. If any injury were to happen to Raji, the defensive line would be in trouble.
- Diondre Borel––Borel made his first snafu of the evening by fumbling the opening kickoff of the second half, giving the Cardinals the ball at the Packers' 32 to open the third quarter, which resulted in a touchdown. Had he not fumbled, it would have been the Packers' best starting field position of the evening following a kickoff. Later in the fourth quarter, he was called for a false start on offense and immediately taken out of the game. Not a good way for the rookie to prove his worth.
- Derek Sherrod––Protecting Aaron Rodgers is priority 1A for every member of the Packers offensive line, and Sherrod struggled in that regard against the Cardinals. Getting time at left guard on the Packers' second offensive series, Sherrod allowed himself to get beat by Cardinals end Calais Campbell for a sack resulting in a nine-yard loss and setting up a third-and-16. In the second half with Sherrod at left tackle, he was beat around the edge on a third down by O'Brien Schofield who hit Matt Flynn as he released the ball, barely escaping a sack. As it was, the Packers had to punt on the next play. It's certainly still early in Sherrod's development and there's still plenty of time for him to improve, but it's probably safe to say he's lost the left guard job to T.J. Lang.
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