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 10 win over the Minnesota Vikings...
- Aaron Rodgers––Once again, Rodgers was his usual, efficient self completing 23 of 30 passes for 250 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. The ball was distributed rather equally to ten different receivers. It was just another case of Rodgers taking what the defense gives him, being patient and finding the open receivers and taking the check down when necessary. His passer rating was an unbelievable 140.3, which keeps him on pace to break the single-season NFL record. He added 23 yards on the ground.
- Charles Woodson––Woodson more than made up for a couple missed tackles by flying all around the field from sideline to sideline. From pass coverage to pass rush to run support, Woodson did it on Monday night. He had a team-leading nine tackles, one for a loss, put a hit on Ponder on a blitz and broke up three passes. His most impressive was arguably coming from midfield to tangle with tight end Visanthe Schiancoe on third-and-long in the first quarter on a pass that was eventually ruled incomplete after originally being ruled an interception. It forced a Vikings' field goal attempt that, after a penalty, ended up being short from over 50-yards away and set up a Packers' field goal of their own.
- Jordy Nelson––He caught a team-leading five passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns, the second of which came on a play extended by the legs of Rodgers. Nelson didn't give up, and Rodgers found him open in the back of the endzone. On his first touchdown, Rodgers found Nelson short of the endzone, but the wide receiver put a stiff arm to the Vikings defender and muscled his way into the endzone to put the Packers on top 24-0. Even after signing a contract extension earlier this season, Nelson is staying hungry and earning every bit of it so far.
- Desmond Bishop––Bishop notched his career-high fifth sack of the season in the third quarter on a second down play that forced a third-and-18 situation the Vikings couldn't convert. As he's been all year, Bishop was the Packers' most effective blitzer, putting three hits on Christian Ponder on the night. But just as important, he was part of a defense that held Adrian Peterson to 51 yards. Bishop notched eight total tackles and one pass defensed.
- Ryan Grant––Compared to James Starks, Grant looked slow and at times appeared to dance instead of putting the shoulder down and fighting for yardage. He averaged less than a yard per carry, gaining six yards on eight rushes for an average of 0.8 and a long of only three. Grant did haul in one catch for 17 yards. It's not like Grant is out there making mistakes. He just doesn't deserve nearly as many touches as the Packers' other weapons.
- Josh Sitton––On a night the Packers gave up three sacks and could only open up holes for 2.9 yards per carry against the Vikings, Sitton took his share of lumps. It's not as if Sitton deserved to be benched or anything as extreme as that. It's more than he's giving up types of plays he didn't give up a year ago. Nearly every game he's been responsible for a sack or a penalty that rarely happened in 2010. In a way, Sitton's play can be contrasted to that of Nelson. Both received contract extensions this season. Nelson is having a career year. Sitton has regressed.
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