Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears: 2014 Game 9 (Packers 55, Bears 14)
As always, this post it what it says it is, unfiltered initial reactions as the game progresses. I always find it entertaining to compare initial impressions from the heat of the moment with more measured thoughts with time to think about it. Everything is up for discussion.
Packers and Bears both come off a bye week. Bears looking to salvage their season, Packers still hurting for the Saints loss, hoping to “shake it off.” (Unabashed Taylor Swift reference)
Julius Peppers a team captain tonight. Packers trolling the Bears. Muhahahahahaha!
The Packers have won 10 of the last 12 meetings against the Bears (including playoffs).
In games immediately following its bye week, Green Bay has won 14 of its last 18 (.778). Under McCarthy, the Packers are 7-1 (.875) in the game following the bye.
Jamari Lattimore is a healthy scratch. Has Sam Barrington surpassed him already?
Yes, that’s Jamon Meredith on the inactive list. In case you missed it, Packers signed their former 2009 5th round pick to the roster yesterday. WR Kevin Dorsey was placed on IR after hurting his foot in practice.
Today’s captains will be WR Randall Cobb (offense), LB Julius Peppers (defense) and CB Jarrett Bush (special teams).
Inactives for today’s game:
Green Bay Packers
16 QB Scott Tolzien
39 CB Demetri Goodson
54 LB Carl Bradford
57 LB Jamari Lattimore
77 T Jamon Meredith
83 WR Jeff Janis
97 DT Luther Robinson
Starting lineup change: #58 Sam Barrington will start in place of #57 Jamari Lattimore at MLB.
20 CB Terrance Mitchell
52 LB Khaseem Greene
53 LB Darryl Sharpton
62 G/T Eben Britton
84 TE Blake Annen
91 DE David Bass
96 LB DeDe Lattimore
Bye Week Self Scout: We actually started getting ready during the Saints week. Gives us a chance to look at things we worked on in camp that we want to get to in the second half.
Unscouted looks: It’s not like week 1, 2 and 3. I think we’ll see some scheme variations with their quick trap. We’re defitintely going to see something on special team., I’d be shocked if we don’t see a deceptive on special teams.
Who we are: Intensify our own identity. We know who we are. We want to get better every day. This has been our best week of preparation.
Lang & Sitton: I think you just go, they’re old school pros. they stayed back, got extra treatment. Doing all the little things you’re supposed to do. They’re going to line up and go.
Tretter and Taylor got practice reps. That’s the benefit of having veterans that can play with minimal on field preparation. Lane Taylor got better this week – I can promise you that.
Matt Forte: He’s definitely a focal point, but you can’t fall asleep on the perimeter guys. I like they”re offensive line – they’re a salty group.
How to Improve Run Defense: Tackle.. that’s a flippant answer. It’s more than that. Guys trying to do too much sometimes. We need to get off our blocks and tackle the ball carrier, get guys flying to the ball.
Packers vs. Bears- First Impressions – First Half:
Bears win the toss and take the ball.
Clay Matthews starts out at inside linebacker, with Nick Perry at ROLB. That explains Lattimore being inactive.
Perry is strong against the run and disciplined as far as maintaining gap integrity. Packers looking to prevent Forte from shredding them again.
Jared Allen will be a presence in this game. Almost gets to Rodgers with an outside rush around Bakhtiari, who gets a late hand on him to push him just past Rodgers.
Packers go for it on 4th and goal from the 1. TD pass to Bostick, but whatever happened, fully in support of going for it there. First series, you drive down the field, a yard away, go for 7. If you don’t make it, they have to go 99 yds for a TD.
Whoever did that ” Every Jay Cutler INT vs. the Packers” video, has some more to do. already… Micah Hyde picks off A Cutler pass intended for Martellus Bennett.
As I’ve said many times, handing off to Kuhn works a lot better when it’s not short yardage and everyone in the house doesn’t know it’s coming.
Quarless with a TD catch now. If we’re detecting a pattern here, Richard Rodgers should be next…
Score at end of 1st quarter: GB 14 CHI 00
Jordy Nelson… Instant Reply… Every Week. Same catch, same inside cutback on the safety after the catch, same result – TD.
21-0… followed by a quick 3 and out for the Bears. Packers get ball on their own 46.
A few plays later – another long TD to Nelson. Wow… This.. Is… Sweet…
Currently, Aaron Rodgers has more TD passes (4) than incompletions (3).
So far, Packers defense has not given Matt Forte those gaping holes he saw in their last meeting.
Fourth and goal from the five and Bears go for it. Sam Shields drops a sure pick-six (why he switched from WR to CB), but the Packers take over on downs.
Throwing to Lacy is what the Packers worked on all preseason – then they just forgot about it for 5-6 games. Screen pass to Lacy goes for 56 yards and a TD.
Al Michaels, “We’re not going to flex out of the second half, are we?
Randall Cobb fumbles on the Bears’ 5 yd line, or we could be looking at 42 first quarter points for the Packers. Still, 35 isn’t bad.
I’d seriously sit out Lang and Sitton to start the second half.
Spoke too soon, maybe. Julius Peppers strips Cutler and recovers the fumble. Packers have the ball back.
Cutler couldn’t get off the field fast enough after that play…
And Packers do get to 42. Cobb with a diving one-handed grab.
Score at end of 1st half: GB 42 CHI 00
Packers vs. Bears – First Impressions – Second Half:
Main thing I want see in the 2nd half is for the Packers D to stay aggressive. Don’t go into prevent mode and give up 250 yds and 3 TDs.
Packers defense has knocked down several passes and almost intercepted a few of them.
And now the Packers block a punt. Incredible. Boykin was in so fast, he actually blocked it with his foot. Unanimous sentiment (TV announcers, myself, people on twitter, Facebook, etc. ) was that no one had ever seen that before. No one.
10 minutes left in the half and it appears that Matt Flynn is warming up. Rodgers just one TD short of tying NFL record. Bring in Flynn.
Bears finally score on a long pass to Brandon Marshall, as underthrown Cutler pass causes Sam Shileds to overrun the play. Great effort by Marshall after the play to get into the endzone.
Packers get Smart. Rodgers, Nelson, Sitton and Lang all sit down with seven minutes left in the third.
I seriously could throw a better long pass than Matt Flynn. No, really.
Matthews, Burnett, Peppers and Williams take a seat for the night.
Score at end of 3rd quarter: GB 48 CHI 7
This is such a blowout, I’m sitting myself down for the rest of the game – keep those fingers healthy.
Final Score: GB 55 CHI 14
Packers defense played fast and smart. Players knew where their help was and played their gaps correctly.
Nick Perry brings a solid game – nothing flashy, but he doesn’t get caught out of position and does NOT get moved back off the line. Sets the edge and plays very strong.
If the Packers dabbled in the 4-3 some more with Clay in the middle, that might be interesting to watch…
Matt Flynn… nude pictures. You know the joke. Have never gotten the Packers love for Matt Flynn. Too bad Scott Tolzein couldn’t have gotten a half of work tonight.
At least three dropped INT’s by the Packers DBs this game. We let Cutler off easy. Packers could have easily had 6 INTs.
Packers got some really valuable reps for their backup OLs today. Taylor at RG, Tretter at LG and LT, Gerhart at LG.
DuJuan Harris running like his NFL life depended on it is NOT what the Bears wanted to see at the end of the game.
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.