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"Chips Report" From Week 10 Packers Win vs. Vikings

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"Chips Report" From Week 10 Packers Win vs. Vikings

Our weekly "Chips Report" will always include two blue chippers (outstanding, exceptional play), two red chippers (good, though maybe not great) and two cow chips (dud performances). From the Week 10 win over the Minnesota Vikings...

Blue Chips

  • Aaron Rodgers––Once again, Rodgers was his usual, efficient self completing 23 of 30 passes for 250 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. The ball was distributed rather equally to ten different receivers. It was just another case of Rodgers taking what the defense gives him, being patient and finding the open receivers and taking the check down when necessary. His passer rating was an unbelievable 140.3, which keeps him on pace to break the single-season NFL record. He added 23 yards on the ground.
  • Charles Woodson––Woodson more than made up for a couple missed tackles by flying all around the field from sideline to sideline. From pass coverage to pass rush to run support, Woodson did it on Monday night. He had a team-leading nine tackles, one for a loss, put a hit on Ponder on a blitz and broke up three passes. His most impressive was arguably coming from midfield to tangle with tight end Visanthe Schiancoe on third-and-long in the first quarter on a pass that was eventually ruled incomplete after originally being ruled an interception. It forced a Vikings' field goal attempt that, after a penalty, ended up being short from over 50-yards away and set up a Packers' field goal of their own.

Red Chips

  • Jordy Nelson––He caught a team-leading five passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns, the second of which came on a play extended by the legs of Rodgers. Nelson didn't give up, and Rodgers found him open in the back of the endzone. On his first touchdown, Rodgers found Nelson short of the endzone, but the wide receiver put a stiff arm to the Vikings defender and muscled his way into the endzone to put the Packers on top 24-0. Even after signing a contract extension earlier this season, Nelson is staying hungry and earning every bit of it so far.
  • Desmond Bishop––Bishop notched his career-high fifth sack of the season in the third quarter on a second down play that forced a third-and-18 situation the Vikings couldn't convert. As he's been all year, Bishop was the Packers' most effective blitzer, putting three hits on Christian Ponder on the night. But just as important, he was part of a defense that held Adrian Peterson to 51 yards. Bishop notched eight total tackles and one pass defensed.

Cow Chips

  • Ryan Grant––Compared to James Starks, Grant looked slow and at times appeared to dance instead of putting the shoulder down and fighting for yardage. He averaged less than a yard per carry, gaining six yards on eight rushes for an average of 0.8 and a long of only three. Grant did haul in one catch for 17 yards. It's not like Grant is out there making mistakes. He just doesn't deserve nearly as many touches as the Packers' other weapons.
  • Josh Sitton––On a night the Packers gave up three sacks and could only open up holes for 2.9 yards per carry against the Vikings, Sitton took his share of lumps. It's not as if Sitton deserved to be benched or anything as extreme as that. It's more than he's giving up types of plays he didn't give up a year ago. Nearly every game he's been responsible for a sack or a penalty that rarely happened in 2010. In a way, Sitton's play can be contrasted to that of Nelson. Both received contract extensions this season. Nelson is having a career year. Sitton has regressed.
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FITZCORE1252's picture

Look, I like Ryan Grant and am actually glad he is on the team. My bitch is that he is being misused.

Anybody with one working eyeball can see that Starks is just a flat out a better back. Grants' negative runs are plentiful, Starks' are few and far between, kid always falls forward, usually dragging somebody.

Ryan Grant should not be stealing carries from Starks anymore after tonight, it's just a travesty. I know Starks has been hurt in the past, but he is young and strong and sure looks to me like he could handle 25 carries a game if the situation called for it. I said I'm glad Grant is on this team and I am, I just hope he plays the role he's meant to from here on out... backup.


t's picture

I think the philosophy is to use Grant early in the game and save a "fresh" legged Starks for later on to pound the ball.
Grant only gets carries so the defense will fall for the play action pass, which by the way, works nearly 100% of the time.

AJKUHN's picture

I am enjoying what Starks brings to the game (absolutely leveling a d-lineman is fun to watch) but I am ok with using him sparingly. It's a long season, and we will need healthy backs more as it gets colder. I have always liked Grant, but he does seem to be falling a bit flat this year, (except against the Bears) but he can help do all that we need a runner to do. Either way I am getting sick of commentators saying GB can't run the ball. We can, but with #12 why bother.

davyjones's picture

Seriously, Starks had a 9 yd run where he carried a 300 DL for 5 of it. That IS fun to watch. There was a spot in the 1st half where camara showed AR talking to Grant after a play and then Grant going to the sideline. I envisioned AR telling him, "Now, get on outta here and tell Coach I don't want to see you out here again...we don't need your kind around here...we're just going to pass on every play and if we need yds on the ground, I'll do it myself".

PackersRS's picture

Finley is not being mentioned anywhere, but he made a couple of out of this world catches in this game.

And on bad, Lang had his worst outing the first half. Reminiscent of Colledge breaking down...

lars's picture

Nice to see Finley's wife posting here.

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Bohj's picture

Nawww.... Lang was just scared he was going to get kicked in the sack again.
I thought Robison was going to get kicked out of the game after shoving that Ref.

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