The Green Bay Packers did the lord’s work on Sunday, clinging home-field advantage for the playoffs and kicking the Chicago Bears’ asses out of the playoff picture in one swoop.
Aaron Rodgers turned in a workman-like 283 yards and, oh, five touchdowns in the 35-21 beatdown. Two of those went to Jordy Nelson, who piled up 115 yards, and two went to James Jones.
The Bears probably never really had a chance against Rodgers. While he was carving up their secondary, they were trying to make a go of it with Luke McCown behind center in place of Jay Cutler. That didn’t go so well — McCown threw two picks, although the Packers defense was far from stellar.
Running back Kahlil Bell, who is certainly no Matt Forte, ran through the Packers defense for 121 yards on 23 carries. Nice work guys!
Although they threw plenty of guys at the problem, the Packers weren’t able to generate much of a pass rush. They recorded zero sacks for the second week in a row. Maybe the one bright spot there was the return of linebacker Desmond Bishop, who recorded 12 tackles.
The Packers lack of playmakers in the front seven is beginning to look like it may be a major problem in the playoffs. This looks like a team that Rodgers is going to have to hoist on his back and carry all the way through the Super Bowl.
At least he’ll be doing most of the heavy lifting at Lambeau.