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"Chips Report" From Week 9 Packers Win vs. Chargers

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"Chips Report" From Week 9 Packers Win vs. Chargers

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...

Blue Chips

  • 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.

Red Chips

  • 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.

Cow Chips

  • 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.

Comments (23)

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

Don't forget he was also on pace for the yardage record too

Peprah made a couple of big plays. I also saw Tramon looking at him after a couple of those blown coverages like Charlie blew his assignment.

Wood was awful.

Dom deserves a cow chip for continuing to single up Bishop on Gates.

Our QB is proof that aliens exist and are walking amongst us.

GBP 4 LIFE

djbonney138's picture

I almost cried in frustration after seeing Gates catch another ball and Bishop trailing behind 5 yards. It seemed like Groundhogs Day where it just kept happening, over and over and over...

doc j's picture

I just don't understand our defense. And I'm not saying that in an emotional way -the vein of a disappointed parent- but in an academic way -the vein of a curious scientist.

Is it really as simple as our pass rush dying without Cullen Jenkins and Woodson being one year older? They're still forcing turnovers, but they are bending AND breaking much more regularly than last year, and I just don't quite understand why.

packeraaron's picture

"I just don’t understand our defense." Apparently some members of the secondary share your confusion...

doc j's picture

That about sums it up.

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

That right there is funny. True, yet funny.

EJ3000's picture

Remember a couple years ago when the 49ers almost came back after GB blew a huge lead?

They basically ran the same play the entire second half. A skinny post to vernon davis that Hawk nor Barnett could cover, but it happened over and over and over again

...your post reminded me of that.

Norman's picture

And your NFC November Offensive Player of the Month is....
Aaron Rodgers

And your NFC December Offensive Player of the Month is...
Aaron Rodgers

He's playing like it's a contract year, but it's not.

I just hope he doesn't tie up too much of the team's salary cap when his contract is up in a few years, and doesn't leave anything to pay the guys around him. If Manning is worth $100 million in 2011 dollars, imagine what Rodgers is worth in 2014 (or whenever) dollars.

Norman's picture

Blue Chip: Packers Fans. I just love hearing the "Go, Pack, Go" chants when they're on the road. But I've never heard of forcing a silent count for the home team before.

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/33866/packers-fans-force-char...

Mojo's picture

I didn't notice the silent count by the Chargers near the end (maybe because it was silent). Incredible! Kudos to Packer Nation.

bkshimada's picture

I was at the game so I believe it. Almost a neutral field...one estimate had 30,000 Packer fans there. Pack fans rule. :D

Kevin's picture

Am I the only one concerned about Rodgers taking so many sacks? I definitely prefer that to interceptions but I feel like he's being a little too hesitant sometimes. Nitpicking I know, but...

murphy's picture

Nope. He let check-downs go waiting for something deeper to develop. I think at least 2 of the sacks were avoidable with a dump-off pass.

That is bothersome, because it drove me crazy last year and I really thought he was taking the check-down over the sack much more often this year.

Hard to criticize a guy playing at an MVP level, but damn, man, if the D only gives you the check-down, than take the damn check-down.

Tommyboy's picture

To be fair, the PI call was absurd. Nevertheless, he played pretty bad today.

Ya know what's scary? Rodgers' accuracy was off today...that speaks to him and his receivers.

murphy's picture

I almost feel that Gates intentionally stopped when he saw the ball was overthrown...

That was far from the only questionable call in this game. I almost thought Jeff Triplette was running the game.

Kevin's picture

And not sure if if deserves a cow chip, but A.J. Hawk was like 2 for 20 on tackle attempts of Mike Tolbert

Beep's picture

Red Chip to the coaching staff for having the team ready to play after the bye week. Despite the D being porous as usual, we came out in stride.

aussiepacker's picture

I noticed early in the game when rodgers had those few rushes that there was some really good blocking from our WR and finley. they seem to be getting better at that as the year goes on.

Mojo's picture

Blue chip to Jennings for the whole season. It seems like every game there's a bullet pass from Rodgers that sticks like glue to his hands. I don't think we appreciate how good that dude is. Also nice job Jordy on hanging on to his TD grab.

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

Great point about Greg. He is definitely taken for granted, I'm guilty. I just expect greatness out of him, and he consistently delivers. Great player.

PackersRS's picture

Agreed. Best route runner in the NFL.

murphy's picture

I guess Rodgers *is* running like he used to, eh Brian?

I really hope I don't see another game where he puts up so many rushing yards, but I sure am glad those concussions don't appear to be slowing him down.

Jack's picture

A blue chip for the crowd at the game. We were sitting in a sea of green and gold. The Packer players must have wondered at times if they were in Green Bay instead of San Diego. The weather sure was more like Green Bay.

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