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"Chips Report" from Packers Week 3 Loss at Lions

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"Chips Report" from Packers Week 3 Loss at Lions

Aaron Rodgers hands off to Eddie Lacy in a 19-7 Packers loss to the Lions by Tim Fuller—USA TODAY Sports.

Aaron Rodgers hands off to Eddie Lacy in a 19-7 Packers loss to the Lions by Tim Fuller—USA TODAY Sports.

Our weekly "Chips Report" will always include two blue chips (outstanding, exceptional play), two red chips (good, though maybe not great) and two cow chips (dud performances). From the Green Bay Packers' 19-7 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field...

 

Blue Chips

  • End/linebacker Julius Peppers—One of the few positives the Packers can take away from the game was the pressure they were able to put on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, and Peppers was a big part of that. The free agent signee had three of the nine official quarterback hits the Packers put on Stafford. In the third quarter with the Lions knocking at the door at the seven yard line, Peppers got a sack, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble all on one play, nixing any opportunity they had of scoring. The ways the Dom Capers is utilizing Peppers, lining up all over the defensive front, is paying dividends.
  • Tight end Andrew Quarless—The first and only touchdown the Packers scored was a terrific leaping, contested catch from Quarless on a laser throw from quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the back of the end zone to tie the football game 7-7 midway through the fourth quarter. That catch was one of four Quarless would make on the day, covering 48 yards, averaging 10.8 yards per catch with a long of 18 yards. Quarless was a reliable receiver on an otherwise forgettable day from the rest of the Packers tight ends and the receivers in general.

 

Red Chips

  • Cornerback Davon House—Although Calvin Johnson led all receivers with six catches for 82 yards, House was a big part of the effort to limit the damage by the dangerous Lions wide receiver, keeping him out of the end zone. The highlight of the day was an interception on an overthrow intended for Johnson on which House stayed more than a stride ahead of the intended target, tracking the ball like an offensive player. House also made five tackles and played a part on the interception by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, tipping the football before it reached the safety's hands.
  • Tackle David Bakhtiari—Making up for a forgettable performance the last time the Packers played at Detroit on Thanksgiving of 2013 when he gave up three sacks, Bakhtiari held down the fort at left tackle for the Packers Sunday afternoon. While the interior of the offensive line largely struggled, Bakhtiari kept the pocket clean, while the Packers had more success running to the left of center than the right.

 

Cow Chips

  • Center Corey Linsley—For a player known for his weight room prowess, Linsley showed inferior upper-body strength compared to the likes of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley on Sunday. On several occasions, he allowed the pocket to collapse and missed a handful of second-level blocks, but his most egregious error was allowing Fairley to push him around and force a fumble on running back Eddie Lacy that was resulted in a touchdown.
  • Running back Eddie Lacy—The afore-mentioned fumble was a killer, only the second of Lacy's career and temporarily landing him in the coach's doghouse. But the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year had trouble getting on track all day. Take away one 17-yard run and Lacy had 10 carries for 19 yards. His last carry of the day, on a second-and-1 on the Lions' 16-yard line in the fourth quarter, Lacy showed poor judgement, trying to bounce the ball outside and resulting in a loss of four yards. If you want to give Rodgers and honorary cow chip, he deserves one too, but Linsley and Lacy performed even worse.

 

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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Nerd's picture

You set Lacy up to fail, when you're running him up the gut against a Dline that meets him 3 yards deep in the backfield.

How about some misdirection? Maybe a screen or two? Although I'd rather run those to Harris.

ben's picture

Zero screens, Zero shovel passes, Zero end-arounds or reverses, No misdirection.

MM is an idiot.

Nerd's picture

Enema draw!

Packatron's picture

It's almost as if MM is too arrogant to run misdirection and trick plays. NEWSFLASH: You're not good enough to run this vanilla stuff. The offense needs a spark, so a creative play or two might be what they need.

Ioana Ebinger's picture

Cow chip to QB1 too this week

FITZCORE1252's picture

Rodgers was bad. Hate to say it, hasn't looked great yet,

zoellner25's picture

Red chip = Jamari Lattimore.

Duke Divine's picture

Lacy's vision and decision making and Rodgers not taking what the defense gives and always wanting something bigger and better is killing the offense so far this year. Starks has looked decisive and good. Why not ride the hot hand today or any game...McCarthy has no feel to the game, He just goes with the plan, never rides the hot hand at the RB position... Scrap the rotation if one of 27, 44, or 26 gets hot.....

Nerd's picture

Aaron needs to stop stat whoring and focus on winning games instead.

Idiot Fan's picture

During the pre-season they repeatedly took the checkdown, and that got me very excited. But now it seems that that was just a pre-season tactic.

murphy's picture

They sure fooled 'em!

JimTaylor31's picture

Can't give Arod a free pass on this one. He just hasn't played well plain and simple. If Aaron doesn't get his head out of his ass and if MM doesn't get more imaginative on his play calling this is gonna be a long season. Now I see why Aaron avoided R. Sherman in week 1. Right now I'm not so sure he wouldn't make Terrell Buckley look good.

sonomaca's picture

Doesn't McCarthy merit a cow chip?

Wiscokid's picture

Absofreakinglutely. OUt coached the whole game.

sonomaca's picture

Oh, and one more thing, to say Linsley was out-muscled by Suh and Fairly isn't really saying much. There aren't too many centers who wouldn't be out-muscled by that duo. I don't think the cow chip for Linsely is fair.

gbpackerowner's picture

Boneheaded and stupidly stubborn. That is MM and the entire coaching staff... To continue to run hurry up shotgun offense makes this team so damn predictable it ain't funny. Not to mention what that does to T.O.P and the defense.

Imma Fubared's picture

Watched a lot of games and one thing stands out: Wilson has no one open he runs. Ditto Bridgewater, Cam, even Stafford. Rogers trips over the chalk lines. He is actually a clod at running.
Teams see hit as a bullseye now, no fear of his running and they know he holds the ball so they have a chance sacking him.
He really is an average guy. His O line can't help him and he has nothing else.

4thand1's picture

Where are those great running backs for your viqueens, lmfao. You know nothing about football. Crawl back under your bridge troll.

Big Moe's picture

Wow, what did I just see? looks like maybe the O should have had a few more reps this preseason ( insert massive sarcasm here) they certainly don't look anywhere near good enough to run a no huddle or much else for that matter. The D put up a decent effort but the O is flatter than my prom date was, and someone needs to tell Lacy to make one move and GO he does not have the lateral quickness to friggen try that crap. Hope they get their heads on right for the Bears.

KEMDog's picture

Red chip to Rodgers. He could have played better.

Red Chip to MM and his playing calling...there aren't enough synonyms for "putrid" to describe this turd.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

A Red Chip means good, it's like getting a B.

KEMDog's picture

Sorry, I was seeing Red, so disgusted. comments remain the same...anything lower than a cow chip?

murphy's picture

Fubared chip?

DrealynWilliams's picture

*rimshot*

Mario Willis's picture

Not one screen pass all day. A staple of the Packers Offense historically. I just kept waiting for them to run it.
If a team keeps getting penetration then you let them up field and throw over the top of them.
Just solidly disappointed in the offense.

Packatron's picture

They only run in real games what they run in practice all week.

This leads me to believe they aren't practicing screens.

egbertsouse's picture

I didn't see it clearly but it looked like Lacy's fumble was a buttfumble. Should he get a Sanchez chip?

Patrick Sherwood's picture

Did McCarthy get an extension...if so can it be terminated?

Wiscokid's picture

He hasn't gotten an extension yet. I used to think it was a no brainer but now I have to wonder.

Wiscokid's picture

He hasn't gotten an extension yet. I used to think it was a no brainer but now I have to wonder.

Patrick Sherwood's picture

Capers better be gone after this season as well

Wiscokid's picture

The defense did their job this week. The offense lost the game.

Tundraboy's picture

I was excited about this year but the game planning, play calling has been too much to take, Even with the Oline injuries and now no TE play this is inexcusable. Shake it up MM we do not want to see this. Cant stand seeing the only time he shows any fire is when one of his dumb calls doesn't work, Put the chart away and manage the dam game. Guy has the balls to say Lacy needs to play better?!!!!

Tundraboy's picture

I see from the dislikes that some cant handle the truth

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