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"Chips Report" From Loss To Bears

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"Chips Report" From Loss To Bears

Our weekly designations from the Green Bay Packers' 20-17 loss to the Chicago Bears...

Blue Chips

  • Tramon Williams– It wasn't so much that he led the team in tackles, but it was how he made the tackles. Several times Williams was seen rushing from the defensive backfield to meet running backs head-on. Or making open field tackles on wide receivers. Williams was free of the miscues of most of his teammates. His sack was a thing of beauty, perfectly designed by defensive coordinator Dom Capers to free up the cornerback untouched to the quarterback. Also had one punt return for 10 yards.
  • Jermichael Finley–Led the team with 9 receptions for 115 yards. He's a match-up nightmare taking advantage of 1-on-1 situations yet also able to find holes in the zone coverage. Should have had a touchdown if not called back on a holding call. His presence was missed when he had to exit the game due to cramps. He conceivably could have been on the field instead of Andrew Quarless when the rookie dropped the ball in the endzone.

Red Chips

  • Aaron Rodgers–No one will blame the interception on Rodgers at the end of the first half. But he can be blamed for the intentional grounding penalty late in the fourth quarter. That's about the only thing keep Rodgers from a blue chip performance. Going 34 of 45 for 315 yards is normally enough to win games although converting a few more third downs would be nice.
  • Clay Matthews–He didn't get a sack, but he did hit Jay Cutler two times. He also freed up several of his teammates for three sacks and was a force against the run. There were other candidates for a red chip including Charles Woodson, Cullen Jenkins, Nick Collins and John Kuhn.

Cow Chips

  • Chad Clifton & Mark Tauscher–Their penalties were bad enough. But their play was subpar as well. Both Tauscher and Clifton were guilty at one time or another of letting pressure get to Aaron Rodgers. And they were a couple of the reasons Packers running backs only gained 43 yards the entire night. More performances like these will only increase the calls for Bryan Bulaga to take one of the starting tackle jobs.
  • James Jones–For every step forward, Jones takes two steps back. He did a nice job catching 5 balls for 55 yards and showed some nice powerful running by gaining some yards after the catch. But the fumble was just deflating. And makes two games in a row he's fumbled now. Other candidates for a cow chip included Brandon Chillar, Tim Masthay, Brandon Jackson, Andrew Quarless, Daryn Colledge and anyone else with a penalty.
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Idiot Fan's picture

How about a little love for Zombo? I certainly saw him in the action a lot more than I ever did Jones or Poppinga. He's no CM3, but he could have been in the running for a red chip perhaps.

andrew's picture

jones was hurt......

Idiot Fan's picture

No, I mean more than I ever did in previous games with Jones or Poppinga.

Chris's picture

Zombo blew away all the good feeling I had when he hit Cutler with an obvious helmet shot to the head, which negated a stop on 3rd down. This is just stupid, put your helmet on the guys chest and all is fine.

Idiot Fan's picture

Actually, I think that was the play that Barnett got an interception on, so it was even more important. It was unfortunate, but it was a tangled mess of guys, and Zombo was just trying to get to the QB. I don't hold it too much against him.

Chris's picture

You're correct, it was the play when Barnett intercepted Cutler. I don't agree though with your excuse for Zombo. He knows it's a blatant foul, and it was so obvious that you cannot even begin to argue about it. I know that he wants to be physical and all, but you still should use your head for thinking.

LACheez's picture

I probably need to watch the first three games again, but...what the hell is happening that we can't get Jennings the ball more often?

jeremy's picture

At least for tonight the remarkably stupid 2009 Packers were back. Amateurish and irresponsible play by close to half the team. I really hope they get the message that the film is going to show.

DAWG's picture

Slo and Camp's have got to go, what was the Bears starting field position-40?
The past few yrs, our OL has got to be the worst-ever! Next weeks game a preview of what the basement looks like.

LACheez's picture

To add to the fantastic night...according to -
"Packers FS Nick Collins was seen throwing an unknown object at a Bears' fan while leaving the field following the Packers' 20-17 loss.
Fox 6 Sports Milwaukee is reporting that Collins' was provoked by a fan who spat his way and called him a racist expletive, promoting Collins to "go crazy" and "attack". The station reportedly has video of the incident that can't be shown until Tuesday due to NFL guidelines. Stay tuned for more. "

nerdmann's picture

Yeah, hopefully if he just threw some tape, he won't be suspended. Dude dropped the Nword on him.

G-Town Mike's picture

Heard he threw his mouthpiece. Regardless of what some scummy Bears fan said, he needs to be the better man. It's not like he got pulled over with a DWI. . . . .

Flatty's picture

What about Chillar on the cow chip pile? He was abused in coverage and I'm not sure what he was doing on special teams especially Hesters return. This guy makes way too much money for just being "a guy".

Flatty's picture

sorry i missed where he was a candidate. either way i would have put him in.

Ron LC's picture

Who the hell thought Chillar could cover Olsen alone?

PackersRS's picture


supersoul's picture

Cow chip - Frank Zombo. His lack of versatility meant Matthews stayed (ineffective) on the left side all night.

PackersRS's picture

Jones is a complete BUM.

He just never can get a complete game. He just takes plays off, and this time was in the worst possible moment.

He's never fully focused, he's never fully angry. For every great play he makes (running over the defender), he makes as many dumb.

The guy has no business starting, until he can prove he's fully committed and focused.

dilligaff's picture

IMO the return of Bigby will help our secondary and I believe would have a tremendous impact on special teams as well

lars's picture

How do you not give a blue chip to Rodgers. He was utterly fantastic---avoiding numerous sacks, running for the TD when Quarless butchered an easy TD. The IG penalty was bogus, and never would have been called on Cutler. Yes, the packers were sloppy but that penalty and the one on Morgan Burnett were BS.

Excellent point on Jones. He fumbled away a game in Chicago in his rookie season, too. That play was not only "deflating" but cost the Packers the game. They were driving into FG range. And, still MM plays the guy. All Jones had to do was carry the ball in his other arm. That's what you get when you draft "dumb" players.

bucky's picture

You're getting linked to by PFT.

Norman's picture

I'm not one to blame the refs, and of course they weren't the reason the Pack lost this one, but that interference call on Morgan at the end was a bad call. There was contact but he got his head turned towards the ball and was playing the ball, all while the receiver was trying to come back through him to the ball. That's what you teach DB's to do in order to avoid the interference call. I'd be curious to hear the explanation from the NFL's head of officiating on that call.

Gary's picture

We lost this game for a number of reasons... 1.James Jones fumble. 2. Penalties. 3. Peppers blocked field goal. 4. No run game.... this will be our downfall in the end if we dont trade for somebody i like brandon jackson but he isn't a number 1 back and he won't be, he couldnt put up any yardage against the bills if that tells you anything. 5. Poor blocking at times. 6. Poor calls by the referees.... not only a couple bad pass interference calls but what about the holding on clay matthews the entire game am I the only one that saw this????? 7. Bad coaching at the very end of the game should have let them score a TD instead of letting them run out the clock. 8. We need to score touchdowns and finish drives not and not be satisfied with field goals. I was very pissed about the game but its only week 3 and it WILL piss them off and make them play better. We will be a much better team with Bigby and Harris back soon but we need to find a running game and we need to finish drives.

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