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 Week 1 win against the New Orleans Saints...
- Randall Cobb––The rookie looks both elusive and explosive. He only had two receptions on the game, but he made them count. He made his first career catch in the first quarter on a nondescript three-yard catch, but followed that up on a 32-yard touchdown in which he sliced and diced his way down the field. Then to tie the record for the longest kick return in NFL history is just amazing. He basically did it all himself by keeping his balance and heading up field.
- Aaron Rodgers––He wasn't quite as deadly late in the game as he was early, but this is still a quarterback that knows how to direct an offense, taking advantage of match ups and finding the open receiver. His stats after one quarter were eye-popping: 14 of 15 for 188 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a passer rating of 158.3. In the end, he completed an impressive 27 of 35 for 312 yards for the same number of touchdowns and interceptions for a rating of 132.1. The Packers offense wouldn't be nearly as effective without him.
- Jarius Wynn––For at least one game, he made people forget about the loss of Cullen Jenkins. Whether or not he can continue his run of solid play is the next obstacle, but he looks to be in the category of "most improved player." Especially impressive were back-to-back plays late in the third quarter when teamed up with Howard Green to tackle Mark Ingram on third-and-1 to prevent a first down and then on the following play put pressure on quarterback Drew Brees to throw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-1 to turn the ball over on downs. Also finished with sack.
- Donald Driver––It might be more of a lifetime achievement award, but it wasn't a bad single game performance either. Driver had four catches for exactly 41 yards, which tied James Lofton for the franchise's all-time receiving yardage record. He'll have to wait until a later date to break the record, but he's now tied at the top. He also had the crucial catch of a Saints onside kick in the fourth quarter with the game still hanging in the balance.
- Shawn Slocum––Yes, Randall Cobb had the first kick return for a touchdown in more than a decade, but that's all on Cobb. The blocking schemes didn't get him the touchdown. The damage done by the Saints return units far outweigh any good done by Cobb. Darren Sproles had two punt returns for 92 yards and two kickoff returns for 76 yards, which is unacceptable. No one's losing a job after Week 1, but Slocum in treading on thin ice after years of subpar special teams play.
- Charles Woodson––The retaliatory punch to Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was foolish. Woodson is lucky he didn't get ejected and may get fined for his actions. He also trailed in coverage on Graham when the Saints were able to pull within one score of the Packers in the fourth quarter making the score 42-34.
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