Some observations. Please add to them in the comments and have an extra PBR tonight.
*I think Mike McCarthy was right about the importance of having the offense practice together.
*The offensive line looked very strong — maybe even dominant. Rodgers was not sacked all day and the Bears really never got close.
*Nice first drive. Ryan Grant looked strong, as he has for the past several weeks, and — for the first time in a long time — there were actually holes for him to run through. It was a sign of things to come.
*Aaron Rodgers looked good. He badly underthrew Donald Driver on the ball that was intercepted by Brian Urlacher, and he missed a few others. But overall, he was very sharp.
*The Bears came in ranked #4 in rushing defense, allowing just 74.9 yards a game. Ryan Grant had 145 yards on 24 carries. That’s the guy Ted Thompson signed to a long-term deal.
*The run defense was just fine, despite missing Nick Barnett. They held Matt Forte to just 64 yards, one of the lowest of the season.
*Mason Crosby’s 53-yard field goal looked like it would have been good from 63 yards. It’s easy to understand why McCarthy had so much confidence in him last week, though it still doesn’t excuse the poor playcalling. And the only reason Crosby had to kick a 53-yarder was because of some strange, conservative playcalling before the half. (The screen pass to Brandon Jackson on first down was reminiscent of last week. I guess McCarthy was serious when he said he didn’t second guess his playcalling.
*One nitpick: I would not have left Ryan Grant in up 31 points and below 5 minutes in the games. Unnecessary. Unwise.
Overall, though, a solid win. Very nice with the Vikings’ nice.