"Chips Report" from Packers Week 8 Loss at Saints

Cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Davon House had a night to forget in the Packers' 44-23 loss.

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' 44-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints...

 

Blue Chips

  • Running back Eddie Lacy—Lacy had a career-high 123 receiving yards on eight receptions, showing reliability as a pass catcher coming out of the backfield. Several of his grabs came on screen passes, (used more in Week 8 than any other game this season) including one for 67 yards that set up a first-half field goal. In addition to 59 yards (4.5 ypc) on the ground, Lacy had over 180 yards from scrimmage on the night. His balance is elite amongst his peers, allowing him to absorb hits and stay on his feet.
  • Wide receiver Randall Cobb—Cobb averaged over 25.0 yards per catch Sunday night, thanks in large part to hauling in a 70-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers for the Packers' first score of the game and out-running the defense to the end zone. It was his fifth touchdown catch in five straight games. In total, Cobb covered 126 yards on five receptions. On a rare night when Jordy Nelson wasn't a factor, Cobb picked up the slack, becoming the go-to target.

 

Red Chips

  • Offensive lineman Josh Sitton—On a night when Packers quarterbacks were sacked four times, most of the pressure came off the edges because Sitton was a big part of keeping the middle of the pocket clean. He can also be singled out for a terrific hook block on a third quarter run play, springing Lacy for a nice gain. If only the Packers had chose to run behind their All-Pro left guard on their failed third quarter fourth-and-1 attempt.
  • Kicker Mason Crosby—Crosby was a perfect three for three on field goals, each of which gave the Packers a temporary three-point lead. His conversion rate improved to 91.7 percent on the season (11 of 12 field goals). A long of 49 yards was the most impressive of the night. Crosby also converted two extra points and didn't allow a single kick return yard, hitting four touchbacks.

 

Cow Chips

  • Cornerbacks Tramon Williams, Davon House—With Sam Shields out of the lineup due to a knee injury, the Packers' starting cornerback duo had an evening to forget, both in pass coverage and run support. Tramon Williams was picked on by Drew Brees for two consecutive touchdown passes in the third quarter, the first a deep post route by Brandin Cooks, and the latter on a leaping grab to tight end Jimmy Graham in the end zone. Those two touchdowns pushed the score from 16-16 to 30-16. House, meanwhile, got lost on a 45-yard completion to Kenny Stills on the Saints' first possession of the game, which set up the game-tying touchdown. He also whiffed on a tackle on Mark Ingram's final 21-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, one of several missed tackles by both cornerbacks throughout the evening.
  • Offensive lineman Lane Taylor—Subbing for an injured T.J. Lang at right guard, Taylor got a rude awakening on his first series of the game, responsible for a three-yard loss by running back Eddie Lacy off right tackle. But the even more egregious error was Taylor getting blown up on the Packers' fourth-and-1 attempt in the third quarter when they were down seven points and still within striking distance of the Saints. Lang is said to have a sprained ankle and will be well-served with a bye week upcoming.

 

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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KenEllis's picture

October 26, 2014 at 11:39 pm

The Saints, without last week's starting Center and 2 of 3 top RBs, rushed for nearly 200 yards.

Can we blame Brad Jones for that?

How about the top 5 pick who has been paid of 10s of millions of dollars who plays ILB, does he deserve any criticism for yet another poor performance?

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Samson's picture

October 27, 2014 at 12:13 am

No, actually the Pack got blown out by 3 big ones and gave up nearly 500 yards all because AR tweaked his hammy. --- LOL.

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HankScorpio's picture

October 27, 2014 at 09:49 am

It's only 2 "Ha" not 5.

Ha Ha did not have one of his better games. He missed more tackles in this one than he has all year. He hasn't played like a rookie much but he sure did last night.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

October 27, 2014 at 12:46 am

Drew Brees is good. 3 QB hits and 2 sacks aren't going to faze him. Brees had excellent time all night and he generally was able to step up in the pocket. The Nascar package utterly failed to produce consistent pressure and is schematically susceptible to the run. No wonder everyone in the secondary was tempted to crash down in support of the run. Still, Tramon and House had rough nights.

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HankScorpio's picture

October 27, 2014 at 08:02 am

"Drew Brees is good. 3 QB hits and 2 sacks aren't going to faze him. "

Story of the game on defense, IMO. Brees was amazing. I can recall a deep ball that Bradin Cooks flat out dropped that was perfectly placed in to double coverage. Plenty of more throws were dead-on accurate. The key with any elite QB is to make him feel the pass rush. The Packers utterly failed doing that and paid the price for it.

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Chad Lundberg's picture

October 27, 2014 at 02:55 am

I'd bet my left arm that that ankle injury is affecting Tramon Williams a lot more than we previously thought. I paid very, VERY close attention to how high he's jumped, and he's not airborne by even an inch. He can't jump, and he probably just can't run as fast.

HEALTH IS KEY TO THIS TEAM I TELL YOU!

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JimTaylor31's picture

October 27, 2014 at 07:28 am

A perpetual 16 week cow chip to Ted for not addressing the ILB situation....again. I mean Bishop has been gone long enough to have at least found somebody half way competent by now.

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badaxed's picture

October 27, 2014 at 08:55 am

I agree, So soft in the middle. ALL teams know this. Attack the pack middle. huge gains running there. Also several screen passes for big gains. Receivers all alone in the flats or underneath. Why are there receivers wide open while ours are blanketed? I think our scheme has some major flaws or the personal are not good enough.

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JimTaylor31's picture

October 27, 2014 at 09:31 am

Our ILBs seem so inept that we can't just scheme around them without getting gashed somewhere else. Too bad we couldn't just play with 9 guys and maybe they wouldn't be falling all over each other getting out of the way. I mean the ILBs are never around the damn ball anyway. Yeah. this is getting old.

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egbertsouse's picture

October 27, 2014 at 08:42 am

Cow chip to MM. Totally outcoached by Payton. 4th and 1 hand off to Lacy up the middle against an 8 man box, how'd that work for you?

ILB's- doesn't matter who plays, they all suck.

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Tundraboy's picture

October 28, 2014 at 10:38 pm

Thats MM for you

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Imma Fubared's picture

October 27, 2014 at 09:49 am

My concern, our counterparts health. The Lions were roared back with three tight ends, two top running backs, their best receiver all missing.
Teddy B looked like an all pro yesterday with two minutes to go he marched the team downfield for a game tying field goal like he has done this many times before.
The Vikes D looked sharp stuffing the run and making solid tackles throughout the game.
No wide open receivers and no getting beat deep.
Big Cow chips to a lack of overall playmaking on the D. No run, pass coverage at all.

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wolfie's picture

October 27, 2014 at 02:00 pm

Nascar defense? Not even the "Nationwide" defense. Mark it in big letters, THE DEFENSE IS NOT FIXED OR EVEN BETTER. At least Jolly would show some attitude and clog things up. On one play Dix filled the run lane and when Ingram came at him he moved to the side and tried to trip him as he ran by. If you are gonna cash a big check at least TRY and tackle someone. I'd rail about Capers but this point it's MM's fault for not replacing him at least 2 years ago.

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HankScorpio's picture

October 28, 2014 at 06:27 am

" Mark it in big letters, THE DEFENSE IS NOT FIXED OR EVEN BETTER. "

Maybe not fixed. But certainly better. They've been pitching shutouts into the 3rd quarter. That's not something I recall seeing much lately.

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Big Moe's picture

October 27, 2014 at 07:24 pm

A chip is to good to give to Lane Taylor, should be a fresh steaming pile for him, total failure on his preparation and execution, unacceptable failure on his part and the staff's for not coaching him up better.

Also is it just me or does Flynn look that bad (I'll admit that my beer goggles were in full force by the time he hit the field).

As far as the D, like 2010 they live and die by the turnover, but you know a three and out would be kinda novel, maybe they might give it a try sometime.

And finally...Dear god of all that is cheesy, PLEASE let Aaron's hammy heal over the bye week. GO Pack Go.

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