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"Chips Report" From Week 2 Packers Win vs. Panthers

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"Chips Report" From Week 2 Packers Win vs. Panthers

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 2 win against the Carolina Panthers...

Blue Chips

  • Charles Woodson––Sure, Charles Woodson got beat a few times. But when you have not one, but two interceptions, that more than makes up for any deficiencies in coverage. Woodson was forced many times to cover one-on-one on the outside against receiving threats like Steve Smith, which is not Woodson's forte. But he made Cam Newton pay by going to the well a few too many times. Combined with his fumble recovery, two passes defensed and five tackles, Woodson is an NFC Defensive Player of the Week candidate.
  • James Starks––It's only a shame that Mike McCarthy didn't call his number more often, because it seems like every time Starks touched the ball, he was a threat to convert a first down. As it was, Starks ran the ball nine times for 85 yards––a 9.4 yards per carry average––including a 40-yard scamper in the third quarter. He tacked on three receptions for 30 yards on top of that. While Ryan Grant isn't exactly doing anything poorly, Starks definitely looks like the running back who runs with more explosiveness and power.

Red Chips

  • Jarrett Bush––Like any cornerback on any team, he gave up the occasional catch. But considering the circumstances, Bush played very well after being elevated up the depth chart with Tramon Williams sitting out on Sunday. He was generally solid in coverage, had the second most tackles on the team with seven and added a pass defensed. He's not Charles Woodson defending the slot, but the Packers can survive with the type of performance Bush turned in on Sunday.
  • T.J. Lang––With no one else stepping up and demanding they deserve they deserve to be a red chip candidate with their performance, Lang is as good a choice as anyone. After having two false start penalties in his first start at left guard last week, Lang turned it around and didn't have any in Week 2. The same can't be said of linemates Chad Clifton, Bryan Bulaga and Josh Sitton. Meanwhile Lang didn't give up any sacks and helped pave the way for 124 yards on the ground (5.9-yard average) and 308 more through the air.

Cow Chips

  • Randall Cobb––It was only one error, but it was a big one. Following the Panthers' first score of the game, Cobb took the ensuing kickoff and proceeded to fumble deep inside Panthers territory. Reminiscent of the play he got injured on in Week 2 of the preseason, Cobb showed poor vision by running into a pile of players. Given the Packers' special teams woes for the past several years, it was an unpleasant reminder of other blunders. And it led to a Panthers field goal that put them up 10-0.
  • Tom Crabtree––Crabtree was guilty of giving up the Packers' lone sack of the game when he was beat around the edge by Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson for a loss of 13 yards in the third quarter. Two series before that, he was flagged for a false start penalty in the red zone with the Packers at the Panthers' 14-yard line on second down. The Packers couldn't get a first down and had to settle for a Mason Crosby 37-yard field goal. Erik Walden, who is doing nothing to nail down the starting right outside linebacker job, was another candidate after rotating with Brad Jones on Sunday.
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PackersRS's picture

Interesting that Bush gets a red chip on a game he gaves up a TD, the same way he has done over and over and over. But because of his own standards, because he didn't completely stink up the place, he gets a red chip.

Disagree with that one. Give it to Matthews who had a key 4th stop on Newton, besides other pressures and sacks.

Or, if you want to go with the "he didn't screw up", give it to Crosby who is 100% for the season. He did his job when called upon at least.

jeremy's picture

Why were the Packers trying to block Charles Johnson with a TE on a passing play? That's just not not going to work out most of the time.

Chad Toporski's picture

That play did look strange to me. From what I remember, Clifton didn't really end up blocking anyone on that play.

Tommyboy's picture

Agree, Jeremy. I have a hard time putting that on Crabtree. Show me a TE that has a chance against Johnson one-on-one. Unless you're rolling away from that, I don't get how that's supposed to work.

Tommyboy's picture

I actually agree with Bush's red chip. He gave up a td, but was solid throughout the rest of the game.

Special teams could have been given a red chip. Minus the opening fumble by Cobb, they covered well - a rarity for the Pack.

Cow chip - Jim Mora Jr. Puh-lease. "That's offensive pass interference? That happens all the time!" Ummm A) No, it doesn't and B) your analysis is borderline insulting at times. Thanks for taking 5 minutes to explain to the drooling audience the difference between a field goal and a touchdown. I also don't need a second-by-second analysis of what you think of Cam Newton, including his mechanics, when he wears a towel over his head, and the intensity of his smile.

Jacob's picture

I hated Jim Mora i swear i wanted to kill my self with how much they talked about him

Brian's picture

+1. The continual sales job of Newton was enough to gag a maggot. You would think he was the Super Bowl MVP.

Beep's picture

We were spared listening to Mora at a BW3, but did suffer through the captions. Mora could be a worse commentator than a head coach which is already a low standard.

Mojo's picture

I too was mercifully spared most of the Pitts- Mora rantings by screaming babies comingled with the banter of friends and family. Thank God. What little I did hear was inane premature prattle about the surefire HOF career of Cam Newton. He later threw three picks which at least restrained Mora from soaping him down in the shower.

Tommyboy's picture


LACheez's picture

The "In My Dreams" Ted Thompson MOVE OF THE WEEK THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN: Trade James Jones for some kind of pass-rusher to play opposite CM3, cut Brad Jones, and bring up either West or Gurley from the practice squad. Just throwin' it out there.

Jacob's picture

I like your thinking

Jay's picture

West was signed by the Jaguars

LACheez's picture

Damn! Just today! Gurley it is then...

Tommyboy's picture

I can't imagine many teams would give up even a mediocre pass rusher for a wideout. I do agree, though - the Pack desperately needs a pass rush. People are all over the coverage, but Newton was getting loads of time.

I also think maybe we need to pull Raji back a little. Don't get me wrong, the dude's a stud, but he looks EXHAUSTED.

Jordan's picture

Panthers were in max protect quite a bit. Left tackle Jordan Gross is rated 4th best in NFL. I think their center is a pro bowler.

Panthers exploited the Packers corner blitz (cat right). They baited Capers/Packers. And Woodson wasn't blitzing today. Bush came up empty on some blitzes.

AusPackFan's picture

Gotta agree with you Jordanm I thought that the Panthers traded options for blockers just to keep our guys out. Their RT, can't remember his name, the rookie, had help all day and kept CM3 semi-quiet...

FITZCORE1252's picture

I just don't think there's much interest in Jones. After all, he was a free agent, didn't garner much interest. I was really suprised that duh bares took Roy Williams when a guy like Jones was out there... maybe they remember the big drop(S) and fumble(S) he had against them and saw enough.


Jordan's picture

It was more than the fumbles and dropped passes (but that was part of it). Jones is a limited receiver with a limited skill set.

Idiot Fan's picture

The Packers are just biding their time until they unleash the beast that is So'oto...

FITZCORE1252's picture

Red Chip:
That terrible fucking maintain control in the endzone rule. And if your gonna use it, be consistent. Dumbest fucking rule in football. The guy has both feet down... fucking terrible rule.


AusPackFan's picture

what are you trying to say..?

packeraaron's picture

I've been trying to figure out what Fitz is saying for three or four years now... ;)

Rich Beckman's picture

And if you subtract Starks' forty yard run...he carried eight times for forty five yards...a 5.625 average.

I really enjoy watching Starks run with the football.

calipackfan's picture

We don't need a pass rusher we have one already with Vic So'to but he needs to get healthy.

Jordan's picture

Not that it matters, but I think So'oto was going against second string right tackle in Chiefs game. Their starting right tackle was put on IR before that pre-season game.

Pete's picture

I agree I think So'oto's stats were improved against a frankly AWFUL chiefs team.

Pete's picture

Erik Walden is not the answer at OLB. We need someone with a better pass rush and Walden is very subpar in that territory. Hopefully Zombo gets healthy or So'oto (though back injuries are funny) but we need someone to offer a rush and Walden just doesn't have that first step speed. If Mathews is being shut down on one side we just don't have anything of any merit.

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