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 12 win over the Detroit Lions...
- Aaron Rodgers––Once again, Rodgers was his usual efficient self and played a large role in the Packers winning a key division game against the Lions. He completed 22 of 33 passes for over 300 yards with two touchdowns. Even bigger is the zero interceptions, which compared to Lions quarterback Matt Stafford, was a big difference in the game. Stafford threw three interceptions, which led to 17 Packers' points.
- James Jones––Every week it seems as if it's a different Packers receiver that steals the spotlight. This week it was Jones who turned three catches into 94 yards, an average of 31.3 yards per reception. The most memorable catch was the one he took 65 yards for a touchdown by outrunning the defense. After being featured in the Fox pregame show, it was a memorable day for the Jones family.
- Tramon Williams––Normally it takes Williams an interception to be recognized for his play, but not on Thursday. His job shadowing Calvin Johnson was nothing short of remarkable. Not counting the meaningless touchdown with just seconds left on the clock, Johnson was limited to three catches for 46 mostly harmless yards. The play Packers fans will remember is Williams' breakup of the attempted fade pass in the endzone intended for Johnson. Credit also goes to the help Williams got over the top.
- Robert Francois––Stepping in for an injured A.J. Hawk, Francois stepped in and did an admirable job, especially considering his relative inexperience. His highlight reel play will be his leaping interception that foiled a Lions' drive in Packers territory. He also had three tackles, including two on consecutive plays preceding the interception. Rookie D.J. Smith, likewise, deserves mention for stepping in for an injured Desmond Bishop.
- Jermichael Finley––Finley caught only two of five pass thrown his way. Not that every incompletion on passes intended for him was Finley's fault, but dropped passes this week and the week before aren't helping his cause. Combined with a false start penalty, Finley's decreased playing time the second half doesn't come as a surprise.
- Pat Lee––Lee got mugged, and it's a shame the referees flagged only him, but his ejection after throwing a punch was justified. Playing against a team that's becoming known for dirty play, it's important to keep your cool and not retaliate. Not only was Lee ejected, but the resulting 15 yards didn't help the Packers either.
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