Well Chicago Bears fans, the Bears are who we thought they were. Not good.
In a slow and disappointing game on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers came to town and again showed the home team who is better with a 27-17 win. Even stoic Bears coach Lovie Smith agreed by saying,
“When you play the defending champions … you have to play good football,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “We didn’t do that today. … We have to regroup. It’s a long season.”
In a rematch from the NFC North Championship, the Bears, severely lacking any kind of offense, failed to make any noise out of their den and fell to 1-2 with the loss.
The Packers got on the board first on Sunday with a pass from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to his tight end, Jermichael Finley, at the 11:25 mark in the first quarter.
This set the tone for the game.
Finley got his second touchdown of the game at the top of the second quarter and the Packers took a 14-0 lead. He was Rodgers’ favorite target for the day, getting his third touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Bears finally got on the board in the second quarter with a four-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jay Cutler to rookie wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher. The two teams each hit field goals before the quarter ended and the Packers took their 17-10 lead to halftime.
It was a quiet third quarter for the Bears but the Packers were able to add three from a 28-yard field goal by kicker Mason Crosby.
The wheels really started to come off for the Bears by the fourth quarter but they were able to get one last touchdown from a 32-yard pass from Cutler to tight end Kellen Davis.
For the day, the Bears ran a very lopsided offense, relying on the passing game. Running back Matt Forte had two yards rushing for the entire game–in the first half–on nine carries. Cutler was the team’s leading rusher with three carries for 11 yards.
With the pass-happy game, Cutler threw to eight different targets, all of which were less than impressive. Wide receiver Johnny Knox was the top receiver with four receptions for 84 yards while Davis and Sanzenbacher successfully scored.
Roy Williams returned and again failed to impress after he was the target of four passes.
Rodgers had good day going 28 of 38 for 297 yards and three touchdowns. Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher picked off Rodgers but the Bears were unable to score from it.
Cutler was another story. The beaten down quarterback threw two touchdown passes, passed for 302 yards, but had two interceptions (picked off both times by safety Morgan Burnett), which came when he threw deep.
The Bears offensive line looked better this week but there’s still holes and most times when Cutler goes to throw you can’t help but think a concussion is just waiting to happen.
The defense played well with its turnovers and occasional aggressive play but until the offense gets a more balanced approach, it’s going to be tough to win games.
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Written by Debbie Baratz