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 11 27-13 loss at the New York Giants...
- Cornerback Tramon Williams––It seemed as if Williams was one of the few players to show up on the defensive side of the football on Sunday. He made a diving interception of quarterback Eli Manning that ended a Giants' red zone scoring opportunity that ended a streak of four games without an interception for the Packers. Williams also had several nice open-field tackles among his eight solo tackles, and it felt as if seven of them were short of the first-down marker.
- Kicker Mason Crosby––The Packers' red-zone struggles without Aaron Rodgers have meant more opportunities for Crosby, and he took advantage on the Packers' first field goal of the game from 24 yards. His field goal as time expired in the first half, however, was the Packers' play of the game. Crosby's 57-yard field goal was only one yard shy of the franchise record, but it was reportedly the longest in team history in an outdoor environment.
- Wide receiver Jordy Nelson––Nelson is showing that he's not just a product of an elite quarterback. Nelson was Scott Tolzien's favorite target on Sunday, catching eight passes on nine targets for 117 yards. The Packers led the NFL with nine 100-yard receiving performances in the NFL this season coming into the game, and Nelson extended that mark to 10.
- Wide receiver Jarrett Boykin––On a day when few players deserved blue or red chip status, Boykin makes it into the mix with six catches for 91 yards. Ever since being forced into action when Randall Cobb went down, Boykin has jumped at the opportunity and hasn't disappointed. What Boykin doesn't have in speed, he makes up for with precise route running and toughness and helped convert several first downs against the Giants.
- Cornerback Micah Hyde––When neither Sam Shields nor Casey Hayward suited up due to injury, that meant the biggest role Hyde would have to play on defense to date. He struggled as the team's slot cornerback, getting turned around on the Giants' first touchdown of the game, a 26-yard pass from Manning to Reuben Randle. Hyde also gave up a couple other completions and while his punt returns were fine, he looks ill-suited for kick return duty, not possessing the speed it takes to put the Packers in good field position.
- Packers offensive tackles––The Packers safeties and defensive linemen could easily have earned "cow chip" status as well, but the Packers offensive tackles made a rough day for Tolzien even tougher with shoddy pass protection. Surprisingly, the Giants weren't credited with a single sack, but David Bakhtiari and Marshall Newhouse were on roller skates throughout the game, at fault for most of the five hits put on the quarterback. They also did little to help a run game that only averaged 2.8 yards per carry. Bakhtiari's day ended on a sour note with a holding penalty on the penultimate play of the game.
Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email email@example.com.
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