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"Chips Report" from Packers Preseason Win vs. Raiders

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"Chips Report" from Packers Preseason Win vs. Raiders

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy by Jeff Hanisch—USA TODAY Sports.

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy 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 Packers' 31-21 preseason win against the Raiders at Lambeau Field...

 

Blue Chips

  • Outside linebacker Julius Peppers—It sure appears as if Peppers is getting better with each preseason game so far this season. While largely invisible in the first game against the Titans, Peppers stepped it up a notch against the Rams, and then really turned on the jets against the Raiders. He was regularly in the Oakland backfield, making coming up with a sack and two tackles for a loss in addition to three total tackles, while lining up on both the left and right sides of the field, in both a two-point and three-point stance. No matter what Peppers is doing, he looks comfortable, fluid and powerful.
  • Quarterback Scott Tolzien—Tolzien is doing everything in his power to tear away the backup quarterback job from the grips of Matt Flynn, showing very good command of the Packers offense despite being surrounded by third-string players on Friday night. On the evening, Tolzien completed eight of 11 passes for 107 yards, averaging a team-high 9.7 yards per pass. His best play of the evening was a 15-yard touchdown pass to Alex Gillett that put the Packers up 31-7 early in the fourth quarter. Tolzien finished the game with a 133.5 passer rating.

 

Red Chips

  • Running back Eddie Lacy—It probably wasn't coincidence that when Lacy started the game, the Packers marched right down the field on the first drive using the no-huddle and immediately scored. He carried the football six times for 36 yards, averaging 6.0 yards per carry, including his one-yard touchdown plunge, looking tough and talented as ever. When Lacy came out of the game, the Packers then punted on next three drives of the game and three out of the following five total with the first-string offense in the game.
  • Cornerback Davon House—House finished tied for a team-high five tackles against the Raiders, but it was his three passes broken up that were most impressive, two of them coming in the end zone. The first was a pass intended for wide receiver Denarius Moore that House nearly intercepted and would have had he not stepped out of bounds. The next came with just seconds left in the first half on a deep pass to former teammate James Jones down the left sideline.

 

Cow Chips

  • Safety Micah Hyde—Hyde is one of the best open-field tacklers on the Packers defense, but all it took was one miss and Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew was off to the races on a 40-yard touchdown in the first quarter that pulled Oakland to within 8-7. He was temporarily pulled in favor of first round draft choice Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, although there was no indication whether that was in response to the missed tackle. Later, Hyde also muffed a punt, his second of the preseason.
  • Guard Andrew Tiller—Tiller, a right guard, had two penalties in the third quarter, the first a false start and the next a 15-yard personal foul. While Tiller and the second-string were in the game, the Packers had difficulty moving the ball, scoring just one field goal, and Tiller eventually left the game with an injury in the fourth quarter.

 

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 carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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WisconsinRob's picture

Not sure I'm sold on Hyde as a Cow Chip. I think Flynn was more deserving, or a group "TEs Blocking" or even James Starks (who might have had a game that lets DuJuan Harris get a few meaningful carries in week 1). At DB, Goodson had a much worse overall game.

Allan Murphy's picture

Like Elliott again on the sack for 15 yard loss nice speed rush oml balling :)

GoldFinger's picture

Glad to see you gave some love for Tolzein Brian. I said last year actually that he reminded me a lot of Troy Aikman in his demeanor and how he carries himself. Just one tough son of a bitch that is always serious. He has one look and it's all business. He has taken some of the most vicious hits the past two weeks and never complains. Playing with third stringers, I don't think I ever saw a GB qb play this great.

Besides Elliot and Pennel having their moments, I also am noticing this Jumal Rolle more and more. He also has a good shot of sticking I think. Janis took a step back tonight.

sonomaca's picture

There's just alot of homerism with regard to Tolzien. Neither Thompson nor McCarthy are from Wisconsin, so they'll have a more clear-eyed take on Tolzien. For all we Packer fans who don't live in Wisconsin, Tolzien appears to be an unproven player with lots of potential, not the second coming of Troy Aikman.

Stroh's picture

Hate to burst your bubble... PackerNews paraphrasing "On the whole of camp, I'd say Flynn has been better than Tozien. Primarily his command on offense (read leadership). Last year he also showed he can at least keep the Packers competitive." (something Tolzien hasn't done).

RC Packer Fan's picture

Good list. I would like to add Dujuan Harris to the blue chips. Lacy is a best, Starks brings a good contrast, but Harris has a spark that neither Lacy or Starks has. He is so quick and fast that he will provide a great change of pace.

Cow chips, I will say the officiating. I hope these ticky tacky penalty' s don't continue into the regular season. Although it may help going against the Seahawks week 1 with their physical play.

davy jones's picture

Harris also had a pretty bad ass tackle on Kalhil Mack after Mack's INt. Little guy hit big guy real hard with excellent form.

ben's picture

Breakout game for Stoneburner, Devon House, Dujuan Harris, Nick Perry, Julius Peppers, & Morgan Burnett.

Spiderpack's picture

RED, maybe Next Week he's BLUE:

Richardson.

COW:

People who catch punts.

Rodgers on his short throws, but he will be better come Sept 4th, no worries.

sonomaca's picture

Raider's defense didn't allow Rodgers many openings early on. Rodgers wasn't as pinpoint as usual. Of course, no turnovers with Rodgers at the helm, so that's a plus.

Mack is the real deal. I think the Rams may regret the Robinson pick.

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