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"Chips Report" from Packers Week 17 Win vs. Lions

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"Chips Report" from Packers Week 17 Win vs. Lions

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers by Jeff Hanisch—USA TODAY Sports.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers by Jeff Hanisch—USA TODAY Sports.

Our weekly "Chips Report" will always include two blue chips (outstanding, exceptional play), two red chips (good, although maybe not great) and two cow chips (dud performances). From the Green Bay Packers' 30-20 victory over the Detroit Lions...

 

Blue Chips

  • Quarterback Aaron Rodgers—For returning to the game and gutting out a gritty performance, Rodgers deserves all the credit in the world. He could do little but stand in the pocket in the second half, but the play calling was tailored to his capabilities, and he did everything in his power to lead the Packers to a victory. After not completing a single pass in the first quarter on only two attempts, Rodgers threw only three incompletions over the final three quarters, finishing 17 of 22 for 226 yards, averaging 10.3 yards per attempt. Finding Cobb on the same play he aggravated his calf injury summed up Rodgers' toughness in a nutshell. He threw one other touchdown pass and scored another on a keeper that was the difference in the game.
  • Wide receiver Randall Cobb—He only caught four passes, but what Cobb did with his limited oppotunities was the most impressive part. The wide receiver's four receptions covered 80 yards, averaging 20 yards per catch. On the Packers' first offensive score of the game, Cobb had to work to get open as Rodgers scrambled and eventually injured his calf. His second scoring play broke a 14-14 tie in the fourth quarter to give the Packers a seven-point lead. Cobb also had the longest play from scrimmage of the game, covering 34 yards and added two carries for six yards.

 

Red Chips

  • Return specialist Micah Hyde—Hyde clearly wasn't overwhelmed by having to take over kick return duties on a day when DuJuan Harris was inactive for the first time this season. He electrified the Lambeau Field crowd, giving the Packers a jolt of confidence on a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown late in the first quarter, quickly getting upfield and taking the ball to paydirt. The play was particularly important for the Packers after failing to capitalize on their first red-zone trip of the game. Hyde also contributed four tackles on defense.
  • Linebacker Clay Matthews—Matthews was the only Packers player to finish with more than one tackle for a loss, but his most important tackle of the day was one that actually went for a gain. Following Theo Riddick's fourth quarter touchdown catch, Matthews made the tackle on the ensuing two-point conversion, dragging down Lions running back Joique Bell just inches short of the goal line. The failed conversion was the difference between a one-score game and two-score game, keeping the Packers' lead at 10 points late in the game. The Packers linebacker also had a sack, batted down a pass and made three tackles on the day.

 

Cow Chips

  • Linebacker Brad Jones—It was a forgettable day for Jones, whose penalty for roughing the passer with just over 30 seconds to go until halftime cost the Packers a touchdown and was lucky it didn't cost them the ball game. It may have been a rather ticky-tack call by the officials, but Jones has to know not to get his hands anywhere near the quarterback's head. Jones was later beat on a reception Riddick for a gain of 21 yards with just over two minutes to go in the game. He then was victimized when the pass to Riddick on the Lions' final touchdown of the game came into his zone. Jones also wasn't credited with a single tackle on defense or special teams.
  • Tight end Andrew Quarless—Quarless appeared to be the player at fault on the Packers' blocked field goal, their seventh of the season allowed on special teams, at least after watching crude footage from the Fox broadcast. The miss was costly as it could have pushed a one-score lead to two. Regardless of what happened on special teams, the Packers tight end offered little on offense, failing to be on the same page as Rodgers on his only targeted pass.

 

Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor at Cheesehead TV and its "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

"Scum Chip" -> Ndomikan Suh

Mojo's picture

There's going to be debate for awhile whether Suh intentionally stepped on Rodgers leg. I can tell you there's no doubt in my mind it was intentional. If you look at the extended version of the play : https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/did-ndamukong-suh-ste...

You'll notice right after Rodgers releases the pass Suh conveniently turns around and knocks Rodgers to the ground with his enormous ass. He knows Rodgers is lying right behind him. Then he feigns taking a couple of steps back until he comes in contact with Rodgers leg with his foot. If it were unintentional nearly everyone else would feel the obstruction and move off right away. Not Suh, Instead he meanders for a while before stepping back again putting as much weight as possible on his next effort. Then without ever turning around to see what he was stepping on he wanders forward as if nothing happened. He doesn't even turn around after Rodgers pushes him from behind. Very unusual under a normal scenario. But Suh knew what he was doing, trying to act as nonchalant as possible to sell it.

Because he'll never admit it (maybe he will when talking to his buds or when he retires), there will be doubt in many peoples minds. To me, there's no doubt as to what he was doing.

Outside of his rookie year, I've always thought his play has been overrated. He's just a thug playing for an organization who's best years are coming in second place in the division.

HankScorpio's picture

The only people in denial about Suh's intent live in Detroit. And there are not many of those types left. You have to want to miss it in order to miss it. It will be a "debate" on par with the Fail Mary debate. The rational world will hold one view. The irrational will hold another.

It was intentional, obviously. Because of the second step and the little hop to put his entire weight on Rodgers' leg for a count of 2. It is as if Suh realized the first step was a blown opportunity for a cheap shot so he wanted to make sure he "made up" for missing his chance.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Thanks, Mojo, for the link, which was most instructive. What stands out to me regarding the issue of intention is this: Sue (sic: bow to LVT) steps once, then again, but lifts his foot that is not on Rodgers up off the ground so as to put his entire weight on Rodgers' ankle. If one is standing on an uneven surface (i.e. Rodger's ankle), one does not put one's entire weight on the foot on the uneven surface; instead, one searches for level ground with the other foot as soon as possible. I have no doubt this was intentional.

pooch's picture

OMG how many more games do we have to watch Jones make a key mistake game after game,is Capers watching game film at all??

Evan's picture

He does have a knack for crucial mistakes.

That said, what a bullshit penalty.

Edit: like, I get protecting the QB to some degree. But why is Jones incidentally hitting/slapping/touching Stafford's head a penalty but Stafford hitting a d-lineman in the head on his follow through not? Why is a QB's head more delicate than a defensive players?

jeremyjjbrown's picture

I've seen guys get away with a glance of a forearm, like Peppers did. But, I haven't seen anyone get away with a hit with the hand extending straight into the helmet like Jones did.

I'm not saying I personally think that should have been be a penalty, just that I think the refs called it the way they are instructed to.

Either way, Brad Jones is nothing but a liability on the field.

Evan's picture

"I'm not saying I personally think that should have been be a penalty, just that I think the refs called it the way they are instructed to."

No, totally. My issue is with the rule, not the refs.

DrealynWilliams's picture

I didn't think it was a BS call. I think Jones' dumb ass slapped Stafford.

cheddarhead's picture

And Suh stepping on qb1s ankle twice.

Mojo's picture

Sometimes the defensive player is already committed ion the rush and can't avoid contact with the helmet. Not the case here. Jones hit him about a second after the ball was released making it a really stupid penalty from a guy who's supposed to be so smart.

And yes, the NFL needs to differentiate between glancing blows that cause no harm like Jones, and those that come down like a hammer. Yet another rule I can't stand even when it works in our favor.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

It was more than a tap, and it was wholly intentional, and well after the play. Jones could have desisted from contact w/o any problem. I have no problem with the penalty. It seems an obvious penalty to call 100% of the time given the scenario.

FITZCORE1252's picture

Brad Jones is garbage.

Hows the ILB crop looking this year, Brian? Can we land a good one at 32?

FITZCORE1252's picture

See what I did there? ;-)

jeremyjjbrown's picture

It's supposed to be a good year. There should be guys available as deep as 64.

MarkinMadison's picture

You still in Seattle? You hosting the NFC Champ Party?

DrealynWilliams's picture

You know we're eff'd up at MLB when we have to choose between Hawk and B. Jones at MLB for Dime packages.

MarkinMadison's picture

Right now, I'd take my chances with Barrington. But if it has to be Hawk or Jones, then I choose the guy whose name is not Jones. I don't know what's up with him, but he looks like a guy who is feeling like he is beat before the ball is even snapped.

DrealynWilliams's picture

Yea,I'm with you on that.

cpheph1's picture

Maybe Barrington will be the dime ILB going forward...no doubt Brad Jones sucks. Too bad Ted has to wait until next season to cut Bad Jones.

The Pack is a physical team...one game at a time. Go Pack Go!

Idiot Fan's picture

I'd rather keep clay there, even if it costs the pass rush some. Those others, especially Jones, are huge liabilities.

Tundraboy's picture

I agree, Hole in the middle is much too large any other way for now, Elliot, Bradford, anyone

FITZCORE1252's picture

I'm in Oregon now. Near Portland.

HankScorpio's picture

They really do need to toss Brad Jones and AJ Hawk to the curb. Both are liabilities. Hawk is simply not athletic enough to be an impact 3-4 ILB. Jones is CFL-caliber. But it might just take a tweak, not a massive overhaul.

Safety went from biggest liability on the team to actual strength in one offseason. The only addition was Clinton-Dix. Burnett stepped up his game, Hyde & Richardson made performance jumps and Ha Ha was a first round gem.

ILB could possibly be the same thing. Barrington is making some noise (like Hyde in 2013). Another offseason jump from year 2 to 3 (not uncommon at all) might be in the works, making him a solid player. Bradford is there and might step up his game with an offseason jump from year 1 to 2. Add in a draft choice, along with Matthews continuing to spot inside and things could really be fixed.

The development (or not) of Jayrone Elliott as a pass-rush alternative to Matthews outside is important to this optimistic scenario playing out.

Nick Perry's picture

I was going nuts when Hawk was in the game. Detroit started running the ball right down the Packers throat on that one drive and #50 was right there. Hawks time has come to a end in Green Bay IMO. He's playing at 230 to try and cover up his lack of speed and is getting blown up by WR. Thanks for your years in Green Bay A.J. but it's time to go.
This is the 2nd time this season Jones has been flagged for that call, he did it in Miami too. I keep hoping he gives reason to the Packers coaching staff to keep playing him, he didn't give them one.

Imma Fubared's picture

Glad you said this, thought it was me. As soon as Hawk hit the field the entire defense just went to hell, especially run defense!

lou's picture

Outstanding points about turning a liability into a plus. Elliott not only showed pass rush in the pre-season but also the last half of this season with many hurries even though he did not get sacks, and he and Richardson are the best tacklers on the kick teams. Too bad Mulumba got injured, he may have made that 2nd year "Jump" and could have been moved inside, he has the right build for it. Let Ted go to work in the off season.

DrealynWilliams's picture

Let's slow down on this whole "jump inside" craze. We lucked up with Clay. Not saying he's capable, but we're lucky to have such a player and teammate. MLB isn't as fancy as OLB.

I do understand where you're coming from though. With such bad MLB play (outside of Clay & Barrington) trying out another LB in a position he never played before couldn't hurt that bad.

Hey, maybe Carl Bradford is looking at things this way: We're pretty average (or below)at MLB. OLB is our strongest group.My shot at sticking will be based upon how I can translate my skills to playing MLB.

Nerd's picture

Yeah but Barrington's looking good!

GatorPack's picture

Slocum deserves a cow chip for his "special team" miscues

badaxed's picture

Fire "cow chip" slocum

lou's picture

I agree as most do that Slocum's time in Green Bay should end after this season. I also believe McCarthy was foolish to expect the 53 yard field goal based on the weather conditions and the fact that 6 kicks were blocked already this year - what was he thinking when the O-Line was dominant and Rodgers was in sync with short passes ? To me it looked like Crosby kicked it low.

Brian Carriveau's picture

The block had nothing to do with the kick. Quarless blew the block.

The TKstinator's picture

But he sure did coach the hell out of Hyde on that punt return!!

HalbDeutsch's picture

Cow Chip to Morgan Burnett. Why is he on the field on passing downs? He made a few plays in the run game this year...big deal. He's still a waste of money.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Oh sure, that play where Morgan picked up Brandon Pettigrew ran stride for stride with him 30 yards up the side line and broke up a TD reception was terrible.

Evan's picture

Ebron. And yea.

4thand1's picture

C'mon man! MB is playing his best foosball! Not a smart comment. He missed one tackle in the backfield that was bad, but running backs are paid to break tackles too.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

I am not familiar with you, HalbDeutsch. I disagree with you. My own opinion is that Burnett is playing really well, especially in run support, and at a respectable level in coverage. That appears to be conventional wisdom as well. You mention money, and it is true that Burnett is the 13th highest paid safety (I myself would put him at 17th or 18th since that is his rank for total guaranteed and average amount guaranteed per year). You might have an argument that he is not quite earning that money, but it is close, IMO. There are 64 starting safeties, and I would put Burnett in the top third, but probably not the top quarter. Here is a link for the salaries of NFL safeties:
http://overthecap.com/position/safety

HankScorpio's picture

Is Jones the team leader in "Cow Chip" awards for the 2014 season?

MarkinMadison's picture

I love this team. I really do. Okay, not the special teams, but this defense has figured something out since the bye week. Rodgers has been under the weather and hobbled for two weeks now and they are still finding ways to win. Seattle in Seattle would be tough, but I believe they can take this thing this year IF DAVANTE ADAMS GETS GOING AGAIN. I don't know where the guy is who helped the Packers beat New England, but he needs to find himself again.

Wenis's picture

Cow chips to McCarthy and his putrid play calling on that first red zone trip where we couldn't get one yard on four consecutive plays. Also a cow chip to those thin skinned fools in the live chat who think McCarthy is beyond reproach.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Coaches who win the Division and a Postseason Bye may not be perfect but they don't get Cow Chips.

Big Moe's picture

Amen brother, we have some great players but MM is the guy who gets them going week in and week out and like rodney dangerfield he gets NO friggin respect.

4thand1's picture

Do you know for sure if Rodgers changed the plays or not? When you are sure then post it and prove it.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

I don't give a damn whether Rodgers changes 1% of the plays or 100% of them. There is no need to post proof. MM is responsible for play calling. If he doesn't like Rodgers' audibles, then it is up to MM to rein in Rodgers. If MM can't rein Rodgers in, then that is a reflection on MM. I might need to post proof if the issue were about play calling on just one play or one series, since we would not know whether Rodgers audibled out MM's call. Since MM and Rodgers have been together now for a long time, we should assume that MM, overall, is satisfied with Rodgers' ability to make the proper audibles and adjustments. The plays run by GB are decided by MM and Rodgers, with MM having ultimate responsibility for those calls. That is all you need to know.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

We have had this discussion before. There is a kernel of disagreement between us, but I don't think it is huge. I do think MM is a very good HC (probably top 5 in the NFL). If your point is defending MM, I agree that he is very good, and his W/L record proves it. I agree that he reined in Favre. I agree that to the extent it might have been necessary, he has already reined in Rodgers. Thus, criticism of general play calling can and should be directed at MM. Your comment that Rodgers might have changed MM call on a specific play is of course true. In terms of general play calling as opposed to a specific play, I think Rodgers & MM are in sync, and thus MM bears ultimate responsibility.

My real point is my conclusion that MM is satisfied with Rodgers' audibles, and that bye and large MM agrees with the plays that actually get run on the field. Thus, any criticism of general play calling can and should be directed at MM, at least ultimately. I am sure that MM does not agree with every audible that Rodgers makes since it could hardly be otherwise, unless they share brain synapses, and we will almost certainly never know about those disagreements. While I think the disagreements are few, I think you are reasonable when you comment regarding a few specific plays that Rodgers might have checked to a bad play. We can't know about every play since MM and Rodgers usually don't tell us what occurred or who called what.

Your own comment supports my view: "there is nothing to rein in, its been done by now and McCarthy has PROVEN beyond a shadow of doubt that he can and will "rein" in his QB if necessary" (assuming you meant it as applying to both interceptions and audibles/play calling). This can only mean that MM agrees with the vast majority of the plays that actually get run on the field. I don't think MM is trying to reduce, or circumscribe Rodgers' discretion to audible or check to another play, and that MM agrees with most of the decisions, adjustments, and audibles that Rodgers makes on the field (but the last portion is very tough to prove).

Wenis's picture

C'mon don't be a homer.

4thand1's picture

I guess "homers" require proof.

Wenis's picture

I love it.

You ask for "proof" of something I can't possibly produce and then your back in here blowing your horn........priceless.

McCarthy, on multiple drives this season in the red zone has had putrid play calling.

HankScorpio's picture

Red zone offense has been a persistent issue this season, especially short yardage red zone. That they have lacked consistency from pass catching options not named Nelson and Cobb is the biggest reason, IMO. Far more than what particular play McCarthy calls, or Rodgers audibles in to.

On that opening drive sequence from the 1, Lacy was on the sidelines for 2nd and 3rd, if memory serves. I don't know why but I imagine it was not simply rotating snaps between Starks and Lacy. I have to believe Lacy's absence influenced the play selection. Given the way he was running, I would have loved to seen 3 Lacy dives for the end zone and a FG attempt on 4th if that failed. Unfortunately, it didn't work out like that.

It's easy to 2nd guess plays that don't work. The reality is that most of the time it is more about execution than play call.

The TKstinator's picture

I noticed that Lacy was out too. Was he tired from busting so much Lion carnage from earlier in the drive?
The only goal line play I didn't like was the run by Kuhn. But, who the hell am I? Just another Monday morning "expert".
Other than that, I have, on many occasions, taken issue with those who question playcalling. First: is 12 changing the plays sent in when he gets to the line? Second, it does not take a genius to wait until after a play gets stuffed and then lament, "horrible call!" Hindsight. To me, the flaw in that is to assume that the ONE unsuccessful play means that ANY or EVERY play that wasn't called would have worked.

It is nice to be able to have the #2 seed (home playoff game and bye) and STILL have interesting stuff to discuss.

I wonder what they're discussing today in Chicago or Minnesota.

Evan's picture

"I wonder what they're discussing today in Chicago..."

Probably their coach and GM getting fired.

I really hoped Trestman would survive.

HankScorpio's picture

As long as Cutler sticks around, it'll be same ole' Bears. So let's hope the cheap McCaskey's are unwilling to dump such a large guaranteed salary.

The TKstinator's picture

I myself did not mean to suggest putting the ball in 12's hands is a bad idea at all! No, what I meant was that it chafes when folks automatically blame MM for every play that doesn't work.

MM is smart. Aaron Rodgers is smart. In every game there are plays that don't work. But it's heinous for fans to think they could do better, and it's ignorant for them to fail to realize it.

Wenis's picture

Let's pause for a minute. Nobody in this thread is calling McCarthy a bad coach.

What is being questioned is the continued suspect and putrid play calling in the red zone. You have the ball on the 1 yd line and have Lacy, Kuhn and Starks and you don't attempt to punch it in until the 4th down ?

jeremyjjbrown's picture

It was said that McCarthy deserves a Cow Chip. That means bad...

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Packers 2015 opponents:

Home
Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, St. Louis, Seattle, Kansas City, San Diego, Dallas

Away
Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Arizona, San Francisco, Denver, Oakland, Carolina

vs Seattle in Lambeau is what I like.

Evan's picture

Tough slate.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

There is a break in there playing the NFC South Champion on the road. It could have been even harder.

Wenis's picture

Tough schedule for sure although I think the Cardinals will be back down in the cellar where they belong.

HankScorpio's picture

Might be hard, might be soft. You just don't know how the NFL goes from year to year. If those teams play largely as they have done this year, it will be tough. But 2015 is not 2014.

Tundraboy's picture

Agreed Have Wilson over Manning tho. More athletic and smart.

Farts_After_Wins's picture

*poot*

Wenis's picture

LoL..... The board snitch will be busy if they read this one. :)

Big Moe's picture

Cow chip Matt Flynn for showing yet again absolutely NOTHING I mean Nothing, I know many Including myself loved watching Flynn knock the LOLIONS out of the playoffs a couple of years ago with 6 td's and 480 yds, but that is history which he couldn't (can't) repeat, but it's been made more than clear that game was (is) history, the time for Scott Tolzien to see backup time has arrived imo.

HankScorpio's picture

He got one series that didn't mean much in the grand scheme of things. Why would that rate a Cow Chip?

Norm's picture

The Lions made the playoffs that year IIRC, and were demolished by the Saints in the Wild Card round. That said, I'd love to see Tolzien grab hold of the QB2 role and hold it the remainder of Rodgers' career.

Tundraboy's picture

Yes. I mean can Flynn at least show he has a pulse.

Allan Murphy's picture

Was i seeing things or did they make a wrong cow chip i though it was Sam barrinton with the slap to the head not brad Jones ????????????????

Evan's picture

Nope.

DrealynWilliams's picture

Way off. You seen Barrington with a nice sneaky/clean/dirty hit to Stafford though =)

And THAT'S what we DON'T see often enough. I love it.

ki6rvs's picture

Has anyone lese noticed that ervy time Brad Jones is on the field something bad happens? I can't remember the last tiem he played and was more positive than negative. I hope he is released after this season so we can draft a quality inside line backer.

HankScorpio's picture

"Quality ILB" would be nice but I'd settle for competent. Brad Jones doesn't meet that standard.

The TKstinator's picture

Brad Jones in 2015: not a Packer.
AJ Hawk: see Brad Jones

DrealynWilliams's picture

Oh yea, I don't know if this has been mentioned yet but....

It was a 3rd down (forgot which quarter it was in) and Jordy ran either a drag route or dig route running to his left. The acceleration/burst he showed after making the catch almost left me speechless. I think even the Safety who whiffed on the tackle was in disbelief. That sh*t was amazing.

Imma Fubared's picture

Maybe I'm too critical but I got a cow chip for Mr do nothing, Dix. All I see him doing is playing center field and the game is being played in left and right. Can't tackle, doesn't help in pass coverage. Just wondering where that number one pick play is, I haven't seen it!

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