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Wrap Up: Green Bay Packers 23 Chicago Bears 10

After week 1, there was panic in…what’s that? Oh, I just read on the NFL Network ticker that Clay Matthews just sacked Jay Cutler again. Like I was saying, after week 1 there was panic in Green Bay and happy days in Chicago. But after tonight’s game between the oldest rivals in the NFL, the roles are now reversed with panic ensuing in Chicago and everybody breathing easy in Title Town.  The Packers physically and mentally beat up the Chicago Bears 23-10, sacking Jay Cutler six times and intercepting four of his passes.

The first half was a defensive struggle. Neither team had a lot of fluidity in their offense; 4 out of the first 6 possessions of the game were three and outs. Before the two minute warning in the first half, it took a fake field goal to get the first touchdown on the board. The Packers had just come up short on a third and goal inside the Chicago fifteen and the field goal team came on the field. Instead of Mason Crosby taking a swing at the ball after the snap, punter Tim Masthay shovels the ball off to Tom Crabtree, who runs into the end zone for a touchdown. A late field goal makes the score 13-0 at halftime.

The third quarter brought more of the same defensive struggle-ness (that isn’t a word but it fits there). The only score came from Chicago by a Robbie Gould 45 yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, on the drive after the Packers kicked another field goal, Chicago Quarterback Jay Cutler threw a ball of his back foot and it was picked off by Tramon Williams. Williams then brought the ball to the Chicago 26 yard line. On the very next play, Aaron Rodgers threw a strike down the middle of the field to Donald Driver and the Packers went up 23-3. That was the knockout shot to a hard fought victory by the Packers.

Aaron Rodgers had an okay game offensively; 22/32, 219 yards, 1TD and 1 INT. But the most important thing about this game for the Packers offense was that they got their running game going. Last week, Aaron Rodgers out-rushed Cedric Benson. This week was completely different. Cedric Benson ended the game with 20 carries for 81 yards. That ended up helping the play action attack for Aaron Rodgers, which is a big part of the Packer passing game.

Defensively, well, what the Packers defense NOT do to Jay Cutler. They beat him up, sacking him 7 times and took 4 his passes the other way. The Bears offense looked sluggish and frustrated the entire night. There’s a good chance that when Jay Cutler goes to bed tonight, he’s going to see Clay Matthews in his sleep.

The Packers go to 1-1 on the season, while the Bears fall to 1-1.

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3 Responses to “Wrap Up: Green Bay Packers 23 Chicago Bears 10”

  1. Uh, dude. That was Tom Frickin Crabtree. Jeff Thomason? Did you even watch the game? I 🙂

    • Andrew Gifford says:

      Yeah, epic fail on my part. Of course I watched the game, I did a quarter by quarter update. Just got the name wrong.

      • Running a site like this takes a lot of work, believe me I know. Forgive the jab – it was 6:30AM and my “be nice” filter obviously hadn’t kicked in yet. Keep up the good work, I am paying attention 🙂

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