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 9 win against the San Diego Chargers…
- Aaron Rodgers––Give Rodgers the league’s MVP Award now. The competition is over. He came in Sunday’s game on pace to break single-season NFL records in touchdown passes, completion percentage and passer rating and did nothing to derail those hard-to-attain marks. By completing 21 of 26 passes for 247 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, there’s little doubt he’ll be in the running for the Air Player of the Week once again.
- Charlie Peprah––Not only did Peprah have two interceptions, they were about as big as could be. He returned one for a touchdown in the first quarter, giving the Packers the lead 14-7, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the game. Then he notched his second interception on the Chargers’ last offensive play of the game, denying them any hope they could come back to win the game. In all, Peprah had 116 return yards. He may have had some communication issues in the secondary that led to a couple big pass plays by the Chargers, but he more than made up for them.
- Jordy Nelson––Once again, Nelson was a favorite target of Rodgers, catching five passes for over 100 yards including a 16-yard back shoulder throw for a touchdown. He also hauled in a 64-yard pass from the quarterback in the fourth quarter that set up the Packers’ final score of the game.
- Jermichael Finley––Finley continues to be a match-up nightmare for opponents. His back-shoulder touchdown for five yards to tie the game at seven early in the first quarter was simply unstoppable. His second-half, finger-tip, full-extension catch of a pass from Rodgers that converted one of 21 first downs for the Packers impressed as well. In all, Finley had five catches for 44 yards.
- B.J. Raji––Not that Raji had glaring mistakes, but he was nearly invisible. And that’s not good for a player who is being counted upon to be the best defensive lineman on the team. Perhaps the high snap count is catching up to him, but Raji didn’t record a single tackle on Sunday let alone a sack or pressure on the quarterback.
- Charles Woodson––Woodson appeared at fault on the Chargers’ first touchdown of the game, a 23-yard strike from Philip Rivers to Vincent Jackson that put the Chargers on top temporarily, in which the veteran cornerback appeared to have deepest-defender duties. Then he had two of the Packers’ five penalties, both occurring in the fourth quarter, one holding, one pass interference, both against the dangerous Antonio Gates that helped the Chargers get back in the game. The interference call may have been a questionable call, but it still wasn’t Woodson’s best performance.