by Bryan Dietzler
After so much hype and build-up, the game that the NFL’s two most storied franchises played Thursday night was a defensive battle as the Packers upended the Bears 10-3. Both offenses were stagnant while the defenses took control and made things happen. The Bears just couldn’t get going on offense, however, and weren’t able to get past Packers, their hated division rivals.
The scoring started in the first quarter as Chicago struck first going up by three on a 38-yard Eddie Pinero field goal. The Packers would go up by four following a stellar drive which ended with an eight-yard touchdown strike from Aaron Rogers to tight end Jimmy Graham.
As it turned out that would be all the points that the Packers would need to win. But they added just a little more misery to the Bears following a 39-yard field goal by kicker Mason Crosby to go up 10-3.
That’s how the game would end.
It’s hard to find a player of the game on offense for the Bears but we did discover a couple of players that do have some “silver lining” to them. Wide receiver Allen Robinson stepped up and played well, giving quarterback Mitchell Trubisky an outlet to throw the ball too. Robinson could easily be a 1000-yard receiver when the season is over but that’s if Trubisky can get him the ball.
But he can’t be the only one Trubisky targets.
The player that left a good taste in our mouths, on offense, was running back David Montgomery. Montgomery showed what he was able to do so well at Iowa State by breaking tackles and eluding would-be tacklers. He is a strong and fierce runner and needs to be utilized much more on offense. If the Bears want to win, they need to run him more.
The players of the game on defense for the Bears include Leonard Floyd and Roquan Smith. Floyd ended the game with two sacks. He finally appears to be living up to his first-round draft status. Look for him to make the Pro Bowl this season. Roquan Smith picked up where he left off last year and had four tackles including one tackle for a loss. Smith was everywhere and shows no signs of slowing down.
There wasn’t much happening on special teams for the Bears. Thank goodness Pinero made his lone kick or Bears’ fans might have stormed the field in mutiny. Tarik Cohen seemed to look a little worn out at times and wasn’t effective.
So, what did the Bears do well? Except for the lone touchdown drive of the game by Green Bay, the defense kept the Packers in check and didn’t allow them to walk all over them as they have in the past.
The defense looks solid although the Green Bay offense might have been out of sync. Expect the defense to get even better as the season goes on.
What did the Bears’ do well on offense? There isn’t much to hang your hat on there. The running game is ok and getting the ball to Robinson was a plus. But it was also not a great thing. One thing you surely don’t want to see is Trubisky lock in on one guy who, if taken away by the defense, causes him to lose control and take off running.
He has great weapons he just needs to use them.
It’s too early to declare the Bears a bad team. This was just one game albeit against a rebuilding team. But these rivalry games are always tough and it’s anyone’s game no matter how good one team is (over the other).
The crushed hopes of Bears’ fans should not last long, however, as some potential winning “medicine” is on the way. Chicago will play the Denver Broncos and they are in tough shape. Still, we thought Green Bay would be in the same rebuilding state as the Broncos are. They will face someone who knows them well in Vic Fangio so look for this to be an interesting and competitive game.
But also look for it to be the springboard to more wins and a trip to the playoffs.