The Green Bay Packers… or, more accurately, the Green Bay Packers defense.
On a night when we were looking for the Packers offense to reassert itself and dominate, they played so-so, while the defense befuddled, throttled and pounded the Chicago Bears into submission by a score of 23-10.
The Packers actually deviated from their usual game plan of chuck it deep as often as possible, pass on every down and leave your guys exposed in coverage.
On offense, they ran the ball early and more often than they have in a long time. Cedric Benson actually finished with 21 carries for 80 yards and kept the Bears defense back on their heals. The running game made the play-action pass relevant, which is something that was a joke to opposing defenses for a while.
Aaron Rodgers continued what we’re going to call a slow start, however. He threw for 219, a TD and a pick. Rodgers looked fine delivering the ball, but he had trouble getting rid of it, taking five sacks on the evening.
Remember when we used to talk about Rodgers holding the ball too long? Well, that Aaron Rodgers was playing quarterback for the Packers Thursday night.
That isn’t to excuse the offensive line. Marshall Newhouse got used on a few occasions, but let’s get to brass tacks.
This game was won by two things.
First, the fake field goal call that resulted in a Tom Crabtree touchdown.
Brilliant call! Brilliant execution!
The Packers haven’t called a fake anything since Forrest Gregg was coach. Mike McCarthy — after all of his buffoonery last week — gets credit for not only devising a great game plan, but having the stones to call that fake with six minutes left in the second quarter up 3-0.
If it would have backfired? We’d be lambasting him. It didn’t, so we’re lauding him.
The second factor was the Packers defense killing Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
Although it’s obvious they still can’t tackle anyone properly or stop the run effectively, Dom Capers and crew showed something on Thursday — we will rush you, we will be relentless and we will pound your quarterback into the turf.
Why they didn’t do that against the 49ers’ second-rate line, we’re really not sure.
The Packers had seven sacks in the game. Cutler, the chinless wonder, was under 100 yards passing in the fourth quarter. He finished with 126 yards, a TD and four picks.
The Bears vaunted receiver — oh, good luck jamming our receivers, they’re so big and imposing! — Brandon Marshall had two catches for 24. He got them both in garbage time.
The pass rush came from all angles.
Clay Matthews continued his early-season dominance with 3.5 sacks, giving him six through two games. In his return from a one-game suspension, Erik Walden applied some much-needed pressure from the other side. Even the formerly clueless-looking Jerel Worthy got in on the act with a sack.
For the most part, that pressure led to the picks.
With the exception of Cutler’s first interception, someone from the Packers was in Cutler’s face and laid him out after each of the following three picks. Tramon Williams was the primary beneficiary, collecting two of Cutler’s failed tosses. He also shut Marshall the fuck down.
When it was all said and done, we knew this.
The Packers defense may not be the joke of a unit they were in 2011. In fact, they proved they can step up and dominate a game when the offense isn’t putting up 30-plus points.
Similarly, it’s nice to know Mike McCarthy can adjust his game plan to take advantage of the opposition’s weaknesses. Same goes for Dom Capers.
Is it time to start worrying about where the offense and Rodgers’ head is at?
They’ve performed well below last season’s standards through two games.
The important thing right now is this, though. The Packers aren’t 0-2. They’re not two games behind the Bears in the division. And, at the end of the weekend, they’ll likely be in a second-place tie with both Chicago and Detroit, who faces San Francisco on Sunday.
The Vikings travel to Indy, where they just might win. But hell, we all know those assholes are non-factors regardless of whether they go 2-0.
So, things are looking up.
Guess who’s back!
McCarthy has called fake punts before, never a fg though. It was a thing of beauty!
Great write up, Monty. So much better when you are being positive.
I wasn’t really surprised by this game. The Packers got decent pressure against Alex Smith, and I figured they would get even more on Cutler.
Cutler sucks when pressured and just can’t figure Capers’ defense. Same old, same old.
I also figured Tramon would take care of Marshall.
The only thing I was worried about was Forte. When he got injured, this game was over.
Offense needs Jennings back. Finley was awful tonight, and Jones’ struggles against the Bears continue. I have already made up my mind. You let Finley go and pay Jennings. Period.
I was calling for a pass to DD all night. Better late than never.
A-Rodge always holds the ball too long against the Bears. Obviously, they confuse him too.
Jerron McMillan and Sam Shields both helped make the difference tonight.
Clay Matthews is the best defensive player in football right now.
4th and 26. The fake FG was about as shocked as I’ve ever been while watching football. Great fricking call!!!!
Finley sucks dongs. I love the idea that this defense willl learn how to make plays as mostly rookies. By November, this lineup should have it figured out and make a run….
Not gonna lie, and Ima catch a lot of hate for this but when Rodgers threw the INT I yelled out fucking Favre, as if by pure muscle memory. Now while I didnt intend that I did see him try and force a pass for the second week in a row to see it intercepted in a critical moment in the game… Ol boy just needs to relax and McCarthy needs to quit putting the world on this kid, 20 runs by Benson = complete game control
Relax on Rodgers. That int was totally on James Jones! Jones fucked up his route and left Rodgers on the hook when he broke off his route and didnt come back across the defender. These stupid mental mistakes are what is making the offence look sluggish. Nothing on A-Rod or McCarthy. Those 2 got it covered.
Jones broke the route. That int was on him.
Tell ya what, I need Rodgers to go back to pre-Giants Aaron. He is still a good QB but if you showed me film of him the beginning of last year and then the last two games, I wouldn’t think they were the same guy. Cobb going down early fucked up their game plan a bit but that D, sweet 10# 8oz baby Jesus that D.
Fuck those cunt mouthed cock suckers. The best case scenario is that God decides to create a great lakes Katrina that devastates that cum dumpster of a city.
You sir have have made a friend with your last couple sentences. Anyone who can string off insults like that is a friend of min.
Anyone who expects last years Rodgers or the offense to be able preform at that level is kidding themselves. That was an unbelievable year. They will be solid, but not lights. Out like last year.
agreed; & if the D continues to show up, the offense won’t have to be anything but solid & able to deliver on the 2 min drill.
Easy BerryJS. I hope you were wasted when you wrote your comment. Either way, wow!
Rodgers has had a slow start, but he is fine. Jones screwed him on that throw in the 4th. And the Bears have always given Rodgers some troubles. Just like last week when everybody on this site, the media, and 90% of Packers fans were freaking out because they got beat, everyone needs to call the fuck down. Rodgers has been starting for a good number of years now, and has been awesome every year he has started. That is not going to change. He has had a slow start, but watch out next week against the Seahawks.
god that felt good
Rodge always plays like this against the Bears. Tampa 2 makes for a lot of coverage sacks, and unfortunately A Rod didn’t have the wheels to escape the DEs. That pick was definitely Jobes’ fault. Rodgers is going to regress to the mean, you can’t really improve on last season. He’s still the best QB in the league.
Let’s hope the D shows up again against the less than impressive Seattle Offense and Clay gets some heat on their rookie QB. Hopefully the O line can remained disciplined and not have too many false starts, I’m so tired of hearing about the “12th Man” in Seattle.
If you haven’t listened to the Doug and OB Bears post game show before, look it up. It should be available on iTunes today or you can stream it from their site. Last night’s ep was glorious.
Our wideouts need to catch the fucking ball, and run their routes. Otherwise kudos to Claymaker and the defense. Go Pack!
Clay Mother Fuckin Matthews is a MONSTER!
great game all around. my only complaint is finley.. fuck finley. he isnt a beast, he isnt clutch, hes a loudmouth waste of talent and i would rather have crabtree starting even with his ridiculous tattoos.
Sorry so late to the party; I was drunk after the game, hungover the next day, then boarded Amtrak northbound. I had the sincere pleasure of a trip to Shitcago to stay with some dear friends of ours…..who are Bears fanatics.
I would personally like to thank the Pack for one of the best weekends I’ve ever spent in that filthy city. I didn’t even have to rub it in.
The offense will be just fine; I was thrilled with the game. Very complete. Special teams, amazing D & solid BALANCED offense. I’m still pinching myself….defense AND a running game IN THE SAME GAME???? Now for a little consistency, & I will be a happy Packer Fan.
Clay was an absolute beast; the defensive execution sealed that game. Hard to plan for CM3 if you don’t know where he is going to be from snap to snap! Benson will be an assett & a threat; no drop issues this game fortunately. PROPS to the much maligned (by me) O-line, because THAT is where the running game starts.
Toss Finley the ball a couple more times to up his trade value (although he’ll need to do his part…), get rid of his ass so there are no cap space worries to give Greg better deal.
Holy shit I’m gonna go watch the game again. It was a beautiful thing.
GO PACK GO!!!!