Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears:
My unfitered game day running blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
Inactive for Packers today:
21 DB Charles Woodson
44 RB James Starks
56 LB Terrell Manning
80 WR Donald Driver
84 TE D.J. Williams
87 WR Jordy Nelson
98 DE C.J. Wilson
Inactive for Bears today:
12 QB Josh McCown
26 CB Tim Jennings
54 LB Brian Urlacher
58 LB Geno Hayes
69 DT Henry Melton
80 WR Earl Bennett
99 DE Shea McClellin
Clay Matthews returns to the field today, a huge boost for the Packers’ pass rush. Matthews had 3.5 sacks in the first game against the Bears.
Tim Jennings being out for the Bears is as big, if not a bigger loss than Urlacher being out.
With a win today, Green Bay would clinch their second straight NFC North Title.
Due to some “technical difficulties” WTMJ didn’t have tape of McCarthy’s interview with Wayne Larrivee. But here are some things MM supposedly said.
Matthews will play and they will monitor his progress. Expect him to be a major contributor.
TJ Lang is back at left guard with Don Barclay at right tackle. Josh Sitton will start at RT.
Running game is important but we need to get the perimeter of our offense going today.
Packers vs. Bears – First Impressions – First Half:
Packers win the toss and defer.
I think more than starting the game on defense, MM love having the ball to start the second half.
If the Bears are planning to run like this, I’d much rather see McMillian at S than MD Jennings.
Packers first drive starts on their 2 yard line.
Again, not one short route for Rodgers to find. Has to hold the ball and take a sack.
Nice work by Brad Jones on the outside staying with Forte down the field one-on-one.
Packers have done a poor job defending screens recently. Seems they’re so excited to get a pass rush, they fall for it every time.
End of First Quarter: Packers 0 Bears 0
To understand Rodgers “holding the ball & taking sacks”, you need to look at the All-22 film and see how often all the routes are downfield.
Mason Crosby… Need I say anything else?
“The patience and allegiance Mike Mccarthy has shown to Mason Crosby is almost impossible to believe” – Joe Buck
So in a one-on-one drill, Brandon Marshall would beat AJ Hawk?
Speaking of Marshall, what a vicious straight arm to Casey Hayward’s head. Earns himself a TD.
3rd and six, Rodgers throws deep into triple coverage & Cobb saves him. Bad decision. 3rd and four, single coverage – TD Jones. Good decision.
Casey Hayward with his 6th INT. Leads to another James Jones TD before the half.
Best part of that TD was we didn’t have to see Mason Crosby try a field goal.
So after @AaronRodgers12 says the slant is not a good play against cover 2, anyone notice how many more we’ve seen today? Pretty slick…
End of second quarter: Packers 14 Bears 7
Packers vs. Bears – First Impressions – Second Half:
DuJuan Harris knows how to hit a hole…!
More slants. Rodgers was BS-ing us all when he said it’s not a good play vs. cover two. I didn’t understand why – didn’t make sense… Now I know – it was in their game plan.
Anyone else wondering why Greg Jennings has been so quiet since his return?
I really don’t know what I would do if Jay Cutler were the #Packers quarterback. Could I still be a die-hard fan? I don’t know… Could you?
Does Rodgers have a new move? Rght arm dragged across the chest after a big 3rd down completion to Cobb…
As usual, on the verge of closing the game out, the Packers have to find a way to keep their opponent in the game. It’s the theme for 2012.
Olindo Mare comes off his couch to nail a field goal in the NFL like an, you know, NFL kicker…
End of third Quarter: Packers 21 Bears 10
Finley with a big 31-yard gain. He has come to play today. Maybe he read McGinn’s article?
Mason Crosby… Again… I actually laughed. There’s little else I can do…
A trick play when receiving a punt in your own end up 11 points? Could that be any more wrong? MM FAIL.
Is there any way you can send Crosby back out there today?
Once again, Packers going deep on 3rd down at the absolutely wrong time. KEEP THE BALL…
Face mask by Alshon Jeffrey offsets the Shields shirt grab on 4th and nine play. Shut up Buck and Aikman.
NFC NORTH CHAMPS!!!
Final Score: Packers 21 Bears 13——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.