Game Thoughts Packers/Bears

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  • The Packers put together a great game plan today. McCarthy deserves a lot of credit today. The offense came out with a needed sense of urgency and jumped out to a lead by half. And we know what happens to Jay Cutler when he has to play from behind. McCarthy’s playcalls today were creative – even though he/Rodgers actually didn’t distribute the offensive plays to many others besides Nelson/Cobb. That said, I think the first two passes going to Richard Rodgers – especially the one down the field – were huge playcalls to start the game because the Bears D started off wondering just who might get the ball.
  • That said, the Bears defense is awful. They put up very little resistance. They were really, really bad today. Part of why I think that is that Rodgers didn’t necessarily distribute the ball. He was still focused almost entirely on Nelson and Cobb and Lacy added very little on the ground (less than 5 yards per carry). I just think the Bears D is THAT bad.
  • Rodgers was very good. While I worry that we’ll have to rely on perfection to win going forward – today he pretty much delivered that. He was very good. But what I really liked is that Rodgers seemed focused on delivering results today. No yelling at teammates, no wondering how to unlock a defense – none of that. He was focused from the first play and that first drive – answering the Bears excellent first drive – was huge as the crowd was silenced.
  • Caper made some nice adjustments at halftime. Part of why the Bears offense struggled was because they were playing from behind and Cutler sucks at that. Another part of their struggles was due to them not going up the middle as much. They should have just kept pounding the middle with Forte – especially on screens. But they started going to the edges more. Capers also made a few nice adjustments.
  • Cobb had a great game – including the all-time greatest juke on that near TD run toward the end. That is the kind of move I know he’s capable of pulling off. Just a fantastic game.
  • Nelson continues to be a top 5 WR in the NFL. If people don’t start talking about him as a top flight guy then something is wrong. Right now – who is better besides Calvin? Not absurd to say Nelson is actually outplaying Calvin right now.
  • Clinton-Dix may have had the play of the game stopping Bennett from getting into the end zone at the very end of the first half. With each game I’m starting to see his potential. He’s not always in the right position and he does make some big errors but I am seeing he potential. I think he’s really strong. And John Lynch – someone who should know – seems to agree.
  • The whole team really played with a good understanding of what was at stake today. A loss in the division here and the team is in real trouble. But they came out and played hard. I am really pleased with this game.
  • I underestimated the team today by picking the Bears. They came out knowing they needed a win and they got it. They played with fire and played intelligently. While I know the whole momentum of the game really hinged on that goal-line play where Clinton-Dix prevented Bennett from getting in (with a score there the Bears would have been in command) – the Packers looked MUCH better in the second half as an entire team. We should be encouraged by this victory.
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5 Responses to “Game Thoughts Packers/Bears”

  1. RayMidge Says:

    Very enjoyable game.

    Especially seeing how succesfully Chicago used them, what ever happened to the GB screen game?

  2. Dave K Says:

    Fun game to watch. Weird game. High scoring. The refs apparently smoked meth before the game.

    Wow, the Bear’s defense is atrocious. They were sketchy before all the injuries and they now just might set franchise records of suck this year.

    Rodgers found his accuracy today and that was a difference maker on TD throws.

    Still troubled by our run blocking. A few times they blocked it perfectly and Lacy hit the hole well. But, more often multiple guys were getting beat badly on every run play. I thought Lacy actually did pretty well with what the line game him to work with which wasn’t much most of the time.

    The defense. They gave up 450 yards and the middle of the defense is just going to be an issue all year. It’s not a hard game plan to put together when going against this Packer defense.

    Martellus Bennet is why TT should partake in free agency a bit more. He is a beast and he wasn’t that expensive. What a difference he would make if on the Packer squad.

    One last note on the Bears – I think the needle is pointing up for this team. They have a good GM that is drafting and signing talent. Trestman was an unknown and a risky selection but the guy clearly can coach and run a NFL offense and locker room. He probably needs to find a new defensive coordinator and Cutler may be his downfall but despite this game I would be encouraged if I was a Bear’s fan that this team has a good HC and GM.

  3. Dave In Tucson Says:

    > I underestimated the team today by picking the Bears.

    I had my doubts too. The Bears’ defense looked pretty decent in their first three games (especially picking off Kaepernick 4 times). I honestly didn’t see the Packers coming out and just steamrolling that defense like they did.

    I think the issues that caused problems last week (passes mostly going to Nelson and Cobb, Lacy not producing) are still there, and certainly need to be solved sooner rather than later.

    Of course now the question is, can we stop the Vikings? Before today, I would’ve thought it was a virtual lock. But after the way they sent the Falcons packing…

  4. Frank G Says:

    Is it possible to beat an archival by 21 points on the road and come away with less hope for the team’s prospect to capture the Lombardi Trophy? Yes.

    What I saw on defense leads me to think that this defense is every bit the equal of 2011’s train wreck. Bear runs up the middle resembled kickoff returns, with Forte running through gaping holes. TT had three off seasons to remedy this problem and he tried, devoting many picks to bolster the D, but outside of a few serviceable players (most are just JAGs in Ron Wolf’s parlance) Dom Capers’ cupboard is bare. There is no scheme capable of masking being manhandled at the line of scrimmage.

    Maybe the defense can turn things around. If so, Dom Capers deserves to have a Green Bay street name changed in his honor.

  5. footballrulz Says:

    Vikings will shred the packers d if all remains the same

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