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 15 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs…
- Ryan Grant––On a day the Packers struggled to pass the ball, Grant was there to pick up the slack with the ground game. He gained 66 yards on 12 carries, an average of 5.5 yards per rush, including individual gains of 18 and 13 yards. It was even more impressive in light of the injury situation at running back for the Packers. It was a day neither James Starks nor Brandon Saine were available and only Grant and Kuhn were available for the Packers. The veteran back added 35 yards on three receptions as well.
- Tim Masthay––Masthay did his best to pin the Chiefs deep in their own territory. He had five punts for over a 50 yard gross average, 53.4 to be exact. His coverage unit was effective, downing three punts inside the 20-yard line, and allowing a total of 36 mostly harmless return yards. It all totaled up to a 46.2-yard net average for Masthay on the day. The most impressive moment of the day was his career long 71-yard punt in the second quarter from the Packers’ own 12-yard line and downed by Jarret Bush at the Chiefs’ 17.
- Charles Woodson––The Chiefs marched up and down the field to the tune of 438 yards, but Woodson did his best to make them work for it. He led the team with 11 tackles, ten of them in the first half and one for a loss. Woodson was effective defending the run from his slot position making a couple tackles for short or no gains. He also defended one pass.
- T.J. Lang––The more experience Lang gets, the better he seems to perform. He was a big reason the Packers had success running between the tackles, and the ground game gaining over 100 yards and 5.7 yards per carry on the road. Lang also showed his versatility by shifting over to right tackle once both Bryan Bulaga and Derek Sherrod had to leave the game with injuries and recovered a fumble to boot.
- Marshall Newhouse––All it takes is one look at Tamba Hali’s stat line to determine Newhouse’s effectiveness: three sacks for 12 yards, a forced fumble, four tackles including one for a loss and two more quarterback hits on Aaron Rodgers. The second-year left tackle struggled with the speed and relentless pursuit of Hali off the edge. With the potential return of Chad Clifton, Newhouse may not be long at left tackle the rest of this season.
- Jermichael Finley––Finley was targeted 10 times by Rodgers on Sunday but caught only three of those passes. For the third game in a row, drops have been of particular concern for Finley who has failed to haul in very catchable passes. As a free agent at season’s end, he’s not doing himself any favors. He’s still talented, as his third quarter 41-yard over the shoulder catch would attest, but the Packers’ aerial attack would have been a whole lot more effective without his drops.