"Chips Report" from Packers Week 5 Win vs. Vikings

Facing his former team, defensive lineman Letroy Guion was one of the standouts in the Packers' 42-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Letroy Guion by Jeff Hanisch—USA TODAY Sports.

Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Letroy Guion by Jeff Hanisch—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' 42-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings...

 

Blue Chips

  • Running back Eddie Lacy—Even though he struggled to get on track early in the season, Lacy had his coming out party in 2014 against the Vikings. Early in the game, Lacy put the team on his back, running for 53 yards in three plays on the Packers' second possession of the game, setting up the Packers' first touchdown of the game. Lacy had his first 100-yard rushing game of the season, gaining 105 yards on just 13 carries, averaging 8.1 yards per attempt. He also added 27 yards on three receptions.
  • Safety Morgan Burnett—On the day the Packers defense had their best outing of the season, Burnett led the charge and may have had his own personal best game in the past two years. He led all defenders with 12 tackles, but it was the fashion Burnett made them that stood out. The Packers safety displayed aggressiveness, frequently flying up from his position deep in the secondary to make several solid open-field tackles. Several of them were short of the first-down marker, including back-to-back plays on the Vikings' second drive of the game, which forced a punt. Burnett also forced a second-quarter fumble of running back Matt Asiata, recovered by Casey Hayward.

 

Red Chips

  • Defensive lineman Mike Daniels—Following a subpar outing in Chicago the previous week, Daniels bounced back with a productive day at Lambeau Field. Credited with four quarterback hits, Daniels harrassed Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder for much of the game, getting into the backfield several times with a quick first step. He finished the day with 1.5 sacks and three tackles.
  • Defensive lineman Letroy Guion—Playing his former team seems to have brought out the best in Guion. Much maligned through the first four games of the season, Guion had his best game since signing with the Packers as a free agent in the offseason. Like Daniels, Guion was a consistent presence behind the line of scrimmage, totaling four tackles, 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hits.

 

Cow Chips

  • Quarterback Matt Flynn—Entering the game in place of Aaron Rodgers in the fourth quarter, Flynn's first pass of the game—and also his first pass of the season—was an ill-advised throw intercepted by Vikings safety Harrison Smith while the Packers were trying to nurse a 42-7 lead. A better decision would have been to throw the ball away or run out of bounds. Flynn completed three of five passes, but they covered just 22 yards, finishing with a passer rating of 30.8.
  • Tight end Richard Rodgers—For the first time in nine games, including the preseason, Rodgers did not start a game for the Packers, instead deferring to Andrew Quarless at the tight end position. When he did enter the game, Rodgers continued to struggle with his run blocking, as he has for much of the season. The rookie was also a non-factor in the passing game, not catching a 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

October 02, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Morgan must feel the competition nipping at his heels. Hopefully he can keep flying to the ball and making plays.

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pooch's picture

October 02, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Gotta have more production from TE in the future

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DrealynWilliams's picture

October 03, 2014 at 01:01 pm

We're scoring like this and Bostick hasn't even produced. If he can just add a bit of a presence.....

No excuses for slow 1st Quarters.

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Evan's picture

October 03, 2014 at 01:06 pm

Is Bostick not producing or not even getting on the field?

I only saw him on offense once yesterday.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

October 03, 2014 at 04:49 pm

I've only seen him on ST. There's no need to rush him back to #1 TE though.

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Nerd's picture

October 02, 2014 at 11:03 pm

-Lattimore played well. I noted he got the start over a healthy BJ. Good to see!

-Hate those dive plays to Kuhn. Kuhn could still be running untackled, and he'd only be halfway to the first down marker.

-Linsley's playing well. Good to see.

-Lots of sure tackling today. REALLY hope they keep that up.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

October 03, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Yea,that pick sealed it. Lattimore has earned a starting position.

Lattimore's Tape > Jones' Tape

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The TKstinator's picture

October 02, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Lacy much more decisive.
Lattimore plays with violence.
Peppers int return was astounding.
Ponder overall was not.
Jennings was whiny.
Jordy blocked.
MM called a great game.

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Lphill's picture

October 02, 2014 at 11:22 pm

COW very upset his team was blownout we wont hear from him for awhile, remember he said we would not be able to run the ball or stop the run.

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4thand1's picture

October 02, 2014 at 11:42 pm

We won't let his always wrong predictions go unchallenged. I'm sure he's crying in his AP jersey as we speak.

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Packer_Pete's picture

October 03, 2014 at 12:11 pm

him and Imma Fubared. Even though I think that is the same person.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

October 03, 2014 at 01:09 pm

One is more of an a**hole.

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DukeDivine's picture

October 02, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Time to go with Quarless for the starter from here on out. Work Bostick in... Rich Rod is just too inconsistent at this early point in his career. Lacy and the line coupled with the play calling equated to beauty tonight! Balance!

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Zola Davis's picture

October 03, 2014 at 09:29 am

Finley wasn't everything his rookie year; neither was Quarless, though AQ had enough to help that SB year. I think MM mentioned how TE's are involved in all special team units; plus pass plays; run plays; all blocking schemes. And that he knows they have alot to digest. RR will be brought along at an appropriate pace and be much better next year.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

October 03, 2014 at 11:45 am

Yes, Zola, that is a sane, rational thought. Remember, Richard Rodgers was not asked to block much in college. He has a lot to learn to block at the NFL level. Given his size, he has the tools to become a good blocker. Look for him long term to be a TE who can block, has excellent hands, and can find the soft spot of a zone or use his body to shield off a defender, but not one who can threaten the seam or consistently outrun LBs.

Now, R.Rodgers is not now much of a blocker, either in run or pass pro. -3.9 run blocker through the first few games. So for now, start Quarless (who is no great shakes himself) and maybe Bostick can find the field again, with Rodgers being mixed in. Judge Rodgers after next year at the earliest.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

October 03, 2014 at 01:11 pm

Yea,Richard looks big as hell. He should become a hell of a bocker later on down the line. I like that hustle/finish he had against the Bears on that long Randall Cobb catch-and-run.

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4thand1's picture

October 02, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Cobb leads the league in TD's. Adams gets better and better, teams can't focus on Jordy. Lacy is back to knocking heads off. Whole lotta options.
GOPACKGO

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lucky953's picture

October 03, 2014 at 12:07 am

The pass rush was very good tonight. Ponder was under pressure every series. Then again, Ponder is a very mediocre player, but it builds some confidence that this team really needs. Completely agree that increased TE production will be critical as the season wears on. Still lots to improve on, but that's a good thing sitting at 3-2. I'm relaxed now.

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JimTaylor31's picture

October 03, 2014 at 05:59 am

Nothing to complain about last night. I know Ponder and the Vikes suck but still the defense was actually aggressive and people were flying around making plays for a change. I just hope that Capers keeps that kind of up tempo aggressive defense going and doesn't fall back to his "schemes" against the better opponents. If he would just turn these guys loose and let them play I think we would do much better over the long haul.

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HankScorpio's picture

October 03, 2014 at 06:13 am

You could have drove a truck through some of the holes Lacy ran through. The run blocking really picked it up. And Lacy took run advantage, looking like the guy we saw last season.

Lacy also had a big catch on 3rd and long to pick up the 1st. Just a little dump off with Lacy in space but he found the sticks and got by them. That was really good to see.

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MarkinMadison's picture

October 03, 2014 at 06:52 am

The worst five game stretch of the season is over with, and the Packers are sitting at 3-2. Right now, the Packers have two teams left on the schedule with winning records at the quarter pole - Philly and Detroit. Playing a weaker schedule, the Lions have to be circling the games against the Cardinals and the Packers. If the Packers take care of business and stay healthy the division title will likely come down to Detroit at home on December 28th.

I think the real questions now are whether players like Linsley, Davante Adams, Richard Rodgers and HaHa Clinton-Dix, and an unknown defensive lineman can develop into difference-makers by the time the play-offs roll around, and whether Capers and McCarthy can solve Seattle. The NFC path to the Super Bowl runs through Seattle. Nobody else scares me.

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packsmack's picture

October 03, 2014 at 07:00 am

Would have been nice to keep Rolle or another WR over Flynn...

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lucky953's picture

October 03, 2014 at 07:20 am

So true! Tolzien is likely to improve but Flynn's ceiling has been reached. I thought it was an overreaction to keep 3, when there was so much talent needing development as you rightly poin out.

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Zola Davis's picture

October 03, 2014 at 09:32 am

I would llike to see Tolzien prmoted to #2 based on this performance.

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canadapacker's picture

October 03, 2014 at 08:09 am

Time for Tolzein to back up AR in case of a mop up again Flynn scared me last night. Time for Guion to play like every team is the Queens. Hope Lacy continues to progress. he still did some of that sideways juking but when he goes as he did last night he is such a beast.

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Brian Lee's picture

October 03, 2014 at 10:11 am

I hope to keep seeing more of Jeff Janis!

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White92's picture

October 03, 2014 at 02:23 pm

Does Lattimore keep starting job?

Does Linsley keep the starting job? I thought he was real good.

Where are you Bostick?

Great to see Janis get reps.

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Evan's picture

October 03, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Yes to 1 and 2.

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White92's picture

October 03, 2014 at 11:35 am

ugh..meant to add Linsley above..

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Evan's picture

October 03, 2014 at 12:02 pm

FYI: If you look next to the date and time under your name, there should be an edit button.

October 03, 2014 at 11:35 am (edit)

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White92's picture

October 03, 2014 at 02:23 pm

thanks!

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Tundraboy's picture

October 03, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Very happy to see them make sure Minn did not score at end of game. Janis has some attitude, hope to see him play more. Tide has turned I hope.

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Tundraboy's picture

October 03, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Two things I realized during game. Tretter injury was a blessing because they would have not found out about Linsley this soon. and the same for Brad Jones.

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LP's picture

October 03, 2014 at 01:51 pm

Latimore played aggressive throughout. A good replacement for Jones.

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FITZCORE1252's picture

October 03, 2014 at 03:58 pm

Zimmer calling a TO in the waning seconds of the game to try to polish his turd of a score was Bush League imo. I wish we would've kept QB1 in and dropped 60 on em.

Great game!

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October 03, 2014 at 03:59 pm

Zimmer calling a TO in the waning seconds of the game to try to polish his turd of a score was Bush League imo. I wish we would've kept QB1 in and dropped 60 on em.

Great game!

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