The Green Bay Packers have defeated the Chicago Bears in the opening game of the 100th NFL season. Aaron Rodgers and the boys were a better side at the Soldier Field triumphing with 10-3.
The critical moment of the match was Adrian Amos’ interception of Mitch Trubisky’s pass in the Packers’ endzone. The former Bear clearly knew what the play is, and snatched the ball, thus handing the win to his new team.
The clash at the Soldier Field was marked by tough defenses and judging by the first impressions it appears that the Packs have one hell of a defensive crew for the first time in the last decade. Rodgers couldn’t hide his excitement about his teammates from the D, and praised them following the match on multiple occasions.
“We’ll get better, it’s a long season,” the two-time NFL MVP said. “That is a great defense, and we got to be a lot better in offense. But I’ll say it again; we got a defense.”
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Rodgers finished the match with 203 yards and a touchdown, throwing 18 for 30. He was sacked five times by the Bears ferocious defense and lost 37 yards. But when needed the most he delivered, connecting with Jimmy Graham who scored the opening touchdown of this campaign.
On the other side, Mitch Trubisky was struggling really bad. The Bears QB was 26 of 45 for 228 yards and one interception. His primary target was Allen Robinson who had 7 receptions for 102 yards, but in the crucial moments, the Bears’ leader failed to show up.
Also, Matt Nagy’s boys were very self-destructing, especially at the start of the fourth quarter when they picked up three consecutive penalties, each time 10 yards. That cost them a lot eventually. In general, the home team had 107 penalty yards, while Green Bay posted 71.
Matt LaFleur began his stint with the Packers with a massive win. He is the second head coach in Green Bay’s history who debuted with a win over the Bears. The other one was Vince Lombardi in 1959. The 39-year old was very happy with the way his defense played.
“Just really proud of our defense, I mean the effort. I thought that they were smothering, I thought that their special teams really picked up the slack,” said LaFleur. “Obviously we got a lot of room for improvement from the offensive side of the ball.”
The strength of the defenses is much easier to realize once we tell you the next piece of information. Both teams combined for 93 rushing yards, Green Bay 47, Chicago 46.
Bears’ head coach Nagy was pretty frustrated following the contest. He stated that everyone who likes his team should be upset with the way things developed tonight.
“There’s no excuses. Every fan who showed up from Chicago that was a Chicago Bears fan should be upset,” Nagy said at the press conference. “Because that is not who we are. We are better than that.”
His Bears were 3 of 15 on third downs, and haven’t been able to overcome the barrier of dealing with pressure. Trubisky particularly failed here, as he couldn’t find the rhythm and calm down a little bit.
Bears can back up Nagy’s statement that this team is better already next Sunday, once they travel to Denver to face the Broncos. Chicago has an extremely tough schedule in the first few weeks. Following the Broncos, they head for DC to meet with the Redskins, then come to Soldier Field to clash with the Vikings, before visiting Oakland. Behind that, they have two home spectacles versus the Saints and the Chargers.
On the other hand, the situation is different with the Packers. They await the Broncos next week, after that meet with the Eagles at Lambeau, before traveling to Dallas. Following that game, they have two more at home against the Lions and the Raiders.
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