Week 9: Packers/Bears Recap

Published: Nov 05, 2013 02:00am EST
By epolnoff, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Nov 05, 2013 @ 11:29am EST

 

The Packers were unable to overcome a serious set of obstacles tonight, including the loss of Aaron Rodgers and the inability to stop the run on critical downs, losing to the Chicago Bears, 27-20.

To begin the game, the Packers marched down the field behind Eddie Lacy and a 27-yard toss from Rodgers to Nelson. Rodgers was sacked on 3rd-and-8 and was slow to get up after landing awkwardly on his non-throwing shoulder. Mason Crosby capped the drive with a fieldgoal, putting the Packers on the board first. During the ensuing Bears drive, Rodgers jogged into the locker room only to return to the sideline later in street clothes.

Chicago showed trust in backup QB Josh McCown, letting him pass on 7 of 8 plays on their first drive and it paid off when he hit Brandon Marshall in the endzone for a 23-yard TD. In the 3rd quarter of the game, Alshon Jeffery would have a nearly identical TD catch of his own.

Seneca Wallace’s first game under center as a Packer was a disaster, having one pass tipped and intercepted early in the game by Julius Peppers. Held to 114 yards passing after the injury to Rodgers, the Lacy/Starks tandem was a bright spot in an otherwise desolate game. Each had a TD tonight; Lacy with 150 yards on 22 carries and Starks on a 32-yard blast up the middle.

The Packers run defense was porous, allowing conversions on six 3rd downs and 1 on 4th, not to mention 25 total allowed 1st downs. The pass defense wasn’t much better, allowing 272 yards through the air and TD’s to both big, Chicago receivers. Datone Jones did have a big 3rd down sack on McCown to force to punt. The punt by Podlesh was blocked by Jamari Lattimore and recovered by Packers Rookie Safety, Chris Banjo.

The Packers Special Teams seems to be really coming together and showed flashes of brilliance throughout the game. Coach McCarthy called a surprise onside kick, which was recovered by the Packers, immediately following Lacy’s 57-yard TD series. Later in the game, Andrew Quarless caught a pass on the sideline, which was ruled incomplete. The replay clearly shows that he had possession, but McCarthy opted not to challenge the play. Tim Masthay’s following punt went 39 yards and was downed by Packers Davon House at the Chicago 1 yard line.

Overall, what the loss of Rodgers has shown us is the Packers defense has been masked by an amazing offense, and that tackling fundamentals are seriously lacking across the board. And let’s not pretend Wallace is the answer to save the season in the case that Rodgers is out for multiple weeks. Then again, who is? Matt Flynn, who was released from Buffalo today? Practice squad QB Scott Tolzien, maybe?

All I know is that, to end the game tonight, Seneca Wallace was sacked two plays in a row and the clock ticked down to zeroes, handing Chicago their first win at Lambeau since 2007. That game also ended 27-20.

Key Injuries:

            - Aaron Rodgers (unknown non-throwing shoulder injury), T.J. Lang (concussion), Andy Mulumba (unknown leg injury).


 

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