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...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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