The Green Bay Packers played their divisional rival the Chicago Bears Christmas day as they looked to get back to their winning ways.
On Christmas day the Packers gave every single one of their fans a present, home field advantage for the playoffs. The NFC’s playoffs will have to go through Lambeau, which should make things easier for the Packers as they are undefeated at home this season.
The Packers came away with a 35-21 win against the Bears and quarterback Aaron Rodgers put up a five touchdown performance bringing his season total to 45. Rodgers continues to be an elite quarterback playing at one of the highest statistical levels in NFL history, all while leading the Pack to a 14-1 record.
While the play of Rodgers is impressive this year, so is that of wide receiver Jordy Nelson. He is easily having his best statistical year in the league and continued to do well on Christmas day. He scored two touchdowns on six catches for 115 yards. Rodgers and Nelson have been a very deadly combo this season and Rodgers has yet to throw a pick when passing to Nelson. The two have been flawless so far this year. Not too mention Nelson has scored a touchdown in every single home game this year.
While it is easy to understand the Packers can put up points, the surprising thing was the fact the offensive line played so well against a great front four the Bears have. The Packers did not allow Rodgers to be sacked one time and was not knocked down much either. The make-shift line played very well against a great front-line and it is promising for the Packers moving forward.
The offense was looking back to form again for the Packers and the defense looked better then they did last weekend against the Chiefs as key players as slowly starting to retrn from injury, like middle linebacker Desmond Bishop.
The defense once again did give up big amounts of yardage, but at the end of the day they held the Bears to only 21 points, not too mention the late touchdown in garbage time. They also got back to forcing turnovers, which is something they failed to do in their loss. While there continues to be room for improvement, the Packers still are missing key players like defensive lineman Ryan Pickett, with players returning from injuries it looks promising for the Packers to start their push for the Super Bowl.
About the Author
Written by Noah Hanstedt
Born and raised in the small town of Neenah, WI. Grew up watching Green Bay Packers football with my late father. Been writing about sports for 5 years now and hope to continue becoming a stronger writer and an even better man.