The Chicago Bears lost 23-10 in a game in which their defense was deceptively fantastic.
The Chicago defense only gave up 219 yards passing to the incumbent MVP, Aaron Rodgers, yet sadly, the Packers were still able to score points on drives which should never have happened.
The first three points came after the Packers failed to complete a third-down conversion, but still managed to get the first down after an extremely questionable 12-men-on-the-field penalty was called, allowing the Packers to continue their drive instead of having to punt.
The first touchdown Green Bay put up did not come from the right arm of Aaron Rodgers. No, the next seven points came out of a broken fake field goal try where backup tight end, Tom Crabtree, took a flip-pass 27 yards for the score.
Finally, after another very questionable interception call on the field was held up after instant replay clearly showed the tip of the ball hitting the ground, Aaron Rodger then himself tried to give it back as one of his passes hit Lance Briggs right between the 5 and the 5 but fell harmlessly to the ground. The result was another three points and a 13-0 halftime lead for Green Bay.
The defense did its job as they even managed to hold the Packers to only 4/14 on third down conversions – a stat which usually tells a lot about the outcome of games.
For Chicago, the Bears are left wondering what could have been after essentially giving this game to the Packers. What once was a potential two-game lead over Green Bay now finds them both 1-1 and the Packers notching the first of the very crucial tie breakers.
On a night the Packers were eminently beatable, the Bears continued to shoot themselves in the collective feet. Gabe Carimi ended a very promising scoring drive when he was flagged for unnecessary roughness after retaliating to an A.J. Hawk cheap shot.
And the human turnstile who is J’Marcus Webb gave up pressure after pressure that made Jay Cutler run for his life most of the night. Webb was little more than a conscientious objector to the pass rush of Clay Matthews, who had a monster game with 3.5 sacks. Cutler was sacked seven times and hit twelve on only 27 pass attempts.
This was the main concern heading into this season for the Chicago Bears – can their offensive line protect Jay Cutler? Last week the O-line played well enough, but Week 2 was a completely different story. Seemingly every play had Cutler having to dance around rushers and escape the pocket for desperation heaves down field. The result? – a lot of red in Jay Cutler’s ledger.
ATT/COM YRD TD INT
11/27 126 1 4
All of the pressure left the Bears’ – supposedly explosive attack – looking more like the offensively impotent teams of years passed. After connecting with Jay Cutler on 9 catches for 119 yards and one touchdown in Week 1, Brandon Marshall was kept to only two meaningless receptions for 24 yards and one very huge would-be-touchdown drop. Cutler eyed Marshall 15 times in Week 1 to only 5 total targets on Thursday.
To add insult to injury, Matt Forte had to leave the game early due to injury when Charles Woodson rolled up on his ankle during a tackle attempt. Before being sidelined, Matt Forte totaled 31 yards on seven carries, while adding another 49 yards on four receptions.
It seems it is back to the drawing board for the Chicago Bears as they will have 10 days to try and shore up the leaks in this rudderless offensive-line before hosting the St. Louis Rams in Chicago next week.