Now before I cross over the yellow tape into the crime scene which was the Green Bay Packers 38-17 slaughter of the Chicago Bears, can we please get a moment of silence for the Bears defense?
Aaron Rogers spent virtually the entire game untouched and throwing to wide open receiver after wide open receiver, absolutely picking apart the Bears defense. It was amazing to see, if you were a Packers fan.
For Bears fans, it was all too familiar and served as a bitter reality check that reminded us, the Green Bay Packers are still better than the Chicago Bears.
Sure, when we look back at why the Bears fell to the Packers for the 5th straight time at Solders Field, you’ll see a bad decision by Marc Trestman to come out in shotgun formation on a 1st& goal opportunity from the 1 yard line, when the offense had already stacked up 166 yards on the ground at that point. A decision which likely cost his team 7-points. Trestman also went with an onside kick late in the second quarter to try and steal a possession away from the Packers offense, to no avail. The Bears were outscored 24-0 after that missed onside kick attempt.
You’ll also see Jay Cutler, who with this loss, fell to 1-9 vs the Packers in his career. You’ll see his two second half interceptions, the latter of which the blame was placed on #1 receiver Brandon Marshall, who Coach Marc Trestman said “ran a go route when a hitch at the 18 yard line as called,” in his post-game press conference. But even with Cutler’s shortcomings, the Bears offense had a breakout game running the ball, who gained 235 yards on the ground. That is a spectacular stat that usually indicates who was in control of the game, but in this case, is deceiving.
Once Aaron Rogers and the Packers offense got going. The game was never in doubt.
It was the defense who allowed the Packers to score on six out of seven drives, none of which reached the minute mark. It was the defense who gave up 100 yards receiving and two scores to both Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, the first pair of Packer receivers to accomplish this feat in the same game since 1969. It was the Bears defense that was not able to get one single hit on Aaron Rogers. That would have made a lot of sense if Rogers played the game in his “Do not touch,” red practice jersey, but this was a real game and even in the absence of DE Jarred Allen, who missed the game due to pneumonia, should have been pressured a lot more.
And now, with the first quarter of the season in the books, a 2-2 record for the Bears doesn’t seem to be all she wrote. But with the defense already owning two terrible outings, both at home versus the Bills in week 1 and the Packers this past Sunday, we are left wondering whether the revamped defense that was preached during the offseason is too much of a myth to trust going forward, even with the weapons they possess on the offensive side of the ball.
After the spanking the Packers laid on the Bears yesterday, their Nov. 9 rematch is sure to be a juicy one with a lot more on the line.
The Bears will head south to face Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers next week at noon.