Packers 27 Bears 10: Game Balls & Lame Calls

Everybody pitches in for much needed bounce back victory.

This was the very definition of a team win. The offense and defense both came up with special plays when they absolutely had to. Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers called a beautiful mix of run and pass. Special teams did nothing special, but they didn’t do anything to hurt us either. We’ll have to settle for that for now. 

The Bears came out determined to stack the box and stop Green Bay’s running game. The Packers countered by stringing everything out wide and letting their ball carriers cut back through the cracks. The result was an impressive 203 yards on the ground. It is no coincidence that the ground game came alive with the return of excellent blockers Elgton Jenkins and Allen Lazard.  

In the passing game, Rodgers kept most everything short, didn’t force the ball down field, and rang up a passer rating of 131.1. For the most part he stayed on schedule, which is crucial to the success of this offense. 

Whenever the Pack has a big win such as this, a game ball to Rodgers is just a given. Let’s recognize some of the other key contributors. 

GAME BALLS 

Aaron Jones 

This cutback style of running suits Jones perfectly. It takes advantage of his explosiveness through the hole. It makes him one-on-one in the open field against defensive backs, a battle he usually wins. He rushed for 132 yards and a score, and caught 3 passes for 38 yards and another score. The Packers not only used him more, they used him smarter. They allowed him to slash instead of plow. Dillon is the plower. Jones is more effective running angles. 

 

The Offensive Line 

They had their occasional struggles. Yosh Nijman was trashed by Robert Quinn on his way to a sack. Elgton Jenkins couldn’t even stop a sack by holding his man (it wasn’t called). Josh Myers had a bad snap that ruined a drive. But any time your running backs put up 203 rushing yards, the unit must be playing pretty darn good. Maybe the best execution came on the 8 yard touchdown shovel around the right side to Jones. Lazard and Jenkins pinned their men to the inside, and AJ Dillon kicked the defensive back out of the way.  

So kudos to the quintet of Nijman, Runyan, Myers, Newman and Jenkins. Hey Dave Bakhtiari, come join the party! 

 

Preston Smith and Rashan Gary 

The only way this Joe Barry defense works is when the Packers get pressure with a four man rush. Mission accomplished. Smith led the team with seven tackles, including three quarterback hits and a pair of sacks. Gary added a sack and showed sensational explosion on a five yard TFL on David Montgomery. The defensive front also did a masterful job of keeping the pass rush symmetrical around Justin Fields, giving the Bears signal caller nowhere to go. Taking away Fields running was a key element in Green Bay’s success. 

Honorable mentions to rookie Quay Walker, who spied Fields throughout the contest to make sure he didn’t break off any big runs, and hustled to make a clutch tackle, stopping Fields short of the goal line. To Jaire Alexander, who ran all the way across the field and then made a diving interception to seal the game. 

 

LAME CALLS 

Inconsistent Run Defense 

What the heck was that in the fourth quarter? Suddenly the Packer defense forgot how to tackle. Montgomery broke four different tackles alone on one run for 28 yards. I’ll have to go back and rewatch the game to be sure, but it seemed to me that most of the damage occurred when Green Bay rotated in some of the second line players, like Garvin, Wyatt and Slaton. It’s got me a little concerned that there is a noticeable lack of quality depth on that side of the ball. 

 

Wasted Time Outs 

If you read this column regularly, you see this almost every week. Again Sunday night Green Bay wasted at least two timeouts because the play was late coming in and/or the team was having trouble lining up or getting the right personnel into the game. Hard to know where the fault lies, but this will come back to haunt the Pack if it isn’t rectified.  

 

THREE AND OUT 

-- We’re going to have to listen to Bears fans (and probably TV sports announcers) cry about the goal line call. It rankled me when I heard analyst Cris Collinsworth say “the difference in this game is one inch”. Baloney! First of all, it’s impossible to know for certain where that ball was in Fields’ arms as he approached the goal line. Secondly, even if you give them that touchdown, the Bears would still be down by seven and the Packers would get the ball with about seven minutes remaining. So I don’t want to hear that the officials’ decision cost the Bears this game. 

-- I was impressed by the improvement in kickoff coverage. The Bears returned kickoffs to their own 29, 20, and 15 yard lines, with one kick going out of the end zone. A longer return at the end of the game was called back for a holding penalty. Amari Rodgers had a 20 yard punt return, Crosby was perfect on two field goals and three extra points. O’Donnell had a punt fair caught at the Bears ten yard line and had a net of 54 on another.  

-- When are the Packers going to get Bobby Tonyan more involved in the offense? He had two rather inconsequential catches for eleven yards. Is he still limited by that knee injury? Would love to see Rodgers target him down the seam a few more times. 

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Ken Lass is a former Green Bay television sports anchor and 43 year media veteran, a lifelong Packers fan, and a shareholder.

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NickPerry's picture

September 19, 2022 at 07:34 am

Game Balls... After last week's game, I mentioned that I thought the Packers RBs need at least 30 carries between them every week. Mission accomplished! Jones and Dillon had 33 combined and another 4 catching the ball.

Jenkins...Getting Jenkins back gave the entire offense confidence. It seemed like everything was run to Jenkin's side, especially in the first half when the Packers basically put the game away.

Rodgers... I have to give him his due. That 3rd down pass to Cobb where he pointed to him and then threw an absolute laser, a PERFECT pass, and the Packers got the first down. The one where Cobb caught it going out of bounds on the right sideline later in the drive was almost as pretty. Like him, love him, or hate him, this dude is the MOST accurate passer in the NFL...STILL.

Pass Defense... The Packers gave up 48 total yards passing and 30 of that was on one pass to EQ. I know, I know, it's the Bears. But it's still the NFL and 48 is impressive no matter what.

Lame Calls... Whatever the Defense was doing on that 4th quarter drive that ended with a goal-line stand. That CAN'T happen against good teams.

Lack of play calls to Doubs and Watson... I know I'm reaching here a bit but these guys HAVE to be more involved if this team is even considering a deep playoff run. Cobb and Watkins were nice stories...TODAY. But moving forward Watson and Doubs need to be involved.

Bears Fans...Stop crying...The Packers and Rodgers own your ass!!

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mrtundra's picture

September 19, 2022 at 08:39 am

Agree with you on the lack of play calls to Watson and Doubs. Especially when Packers fans posting on various sites say they haven't seen much of Watson and wonder if it was worth drafting him. Same goes for Amari Rodgers, in that regard. Watson was used on end around plays and on one of those end arounds, Myers hiked the ball into Watson's gut, as he crossed behind Myers. Watson went 3 for 3 in receptions for 9 yards. Nothing down field at all, for him. Doubs had 2 catches for 27 yards and one of those catches went for 20 yards. That's hardly enough for our two rising stars. I was happy Watkins caught that 55 yard bomb. A beautiful throw and catch!

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Coldworld's picture

September 19, 2022 at 09:22 am

I too agree on the lack of targets for the rookies, but I also note that we didn’t have to. The running game win this throughout and thus we never had any real need to attempt anything deep. The two longest passes were a short pass that Doubs made into a play after the catch and the bomb when the Bears sold out against the run late in. LaFleur admitted that wasn’t even part of the game plan, just a reaction to the situation.

We are not likely to be able to lean as completely on the run in many games. We will need the youth. Watkins was better, but I don’t think he’s scary. Lazard adds a dimension and Cobb has a role in certain circumstances, but those three won’t get it done alone if the RBs aren’t running riot. Tonyan will help more as his snaps rise, but the rookies have to get the ball in their hands mire and not within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage if we are to be effective as a padding O when the running game is less dominant.

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murf7777's picture

September 19, 2022 at 11:47 am

I agree about Watkins, he’s seen it all in his time in the NFL. The rookies are getting valuable playing time right now and I suspect one of them will become more of a factor as the year progresses. I’m still wondering if it was Meyers fault or Watsons for not clearing the hike zone in time. Any thoughts on that. The reason I think it is Watson’s is because I don’t ever remember it happening before with another player.

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LLCHESTY's picture

September 19, 2022 at 12:26 pm

The same does not go for Amari Rodgers, he just isn't very good.

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Tundraboy's picture

September 19, 2022 at 09:42 am

I hear you NP and I'm hoping that it was because Kenny was out, but when he's out someone needs to step up. But who?

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Grimm's picture

September 19, 2022 at 09:52 am

Glad to see the Bears lose.

Still I was happy to see EQ get a couple catches. Looks like he has a chance to be a starter and he would probably still be buried on GB's Roster. I always thought he seemed like a good dude and I wish the best for him. Just to bad he ended up with the "Lilly's of the Loop"

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dblbogey's picture

September 19, 2022 at 11:14 am

EQ did nothing for Green Bay in 4 years. Now he's been demoted to playing for da bears.

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mrtundra's picture

September 20, 2022 at 09:14 am

EQ was WR6, with the Packers. Now he is WR2 for the Bears. He was hardly on the field, as a Packer. The one play I'll remember, regarding him, was in the 49ers playoff game, last season. Rodgers threw the ball to a double covered Adams, on 4th down for an incompletion, when both Lazard was open underneath and EQ had his man beat by a step, or two, down the left sideline. A catch by either would have moved the chains and with EQ, he could possibly have scored a TD, on that play. EQ was treated much the same as Amari Rodgers is treated today. Never sees the field on Offense, many fans want him gone. They got their wish with EQ. Remember too, EQ played ball with then back up QB, Deshone Kizer, at Notre Dame. They had a familiarity with each other, from college, that I think the Packers wanted to extend, here in GB. Oh well, it's all water under the fridge, now.

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Bure9620's picture

September 19, 2022 at 07:39 am

Aaron Jones gets the game ball.

The ball security is terrible, a bit of a concern at home...
I think they need Bahktiari to beat Tampa..

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

September 19, 2022 at 10:58 am

Both fumbles were mental errors. 1 on Rodgers and the other on Myers. Both will get cleaned up.

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RCPackerFan's picture

September 19, 2022 at 07:45 am

I agree with everything said above.
My list are additions to the article.

Game Balls:

Quay Walker -
I don't care what he did in the rest of the game, the play that he gets this award for is his tackle on Justin Fields short of the goal line. His speed is the difference from that being short of the goal line and a TD. The next play they stuffed Fields and turned over the ball. Had they scored there it would have definitely been more interesting.

Elgton Jenkins -
While he did struggle some and he gave up more then he would have liked, him coming back 10 months from tearing his ACL is crazy good. Like LaFleur said in his presser after the game, having him in there just changed things for the OL.

Snapping and holding -
The last couple of years this process has really went down hill. Last year was atrocious. Every FG/Extra Point attempt I am watching the snapping and holding and it is night and day different from a year ago. The snaps are almost always on the money and O'Donnell has been very good about getting the ball down. This is a very underrated part of the game, but this is something that really shows up when the process isn't good. The process now is greatly improved and That is a great thing!

Lame Calls:

Lapses on offense -
2 drive ending plays could have changed this game. The first was the Rodgers/Dillon exchange which ended in a fumble and turnover. The game is 17 points difference at that point. Bears kicked a FG and was a 14 point game. Then they had the bad timing snap on Myers which hit Watson and nearly caused another turnover. Luckily they recovered but that potentially could have been another disaster.

Three and Out:

Goal Line play -
I don't care what any Bear or "analyst" says about the play, there was no clear view of the ball. It may have crossed the line but there was no evidence of it. Maybe it wasn't called a td because the officials on the field had a clear view of it also?

Rookie WRs -
They are just playing at a different speed then the rest of the WR's. I think the most impressive play during the game was the 2nd and 28 and Doubs gets 20 yards on the screen. That might have been the difference in the game. That play showed great blocking, but Doubs made great cuts and showed his abilities on that play. Watson didn't have a lot of opportunities in the passing game but his speed is clear.

Special Teams -
I don't need special teams to be special. I just don't want them to be the worst teams unit in the league. They have really turned things around from last year. Rudy Ford as a gunner has to be one of the best in the league. Teams have really improved and that's what we needed.

Only thing left to say is Lets Enjoy us some Victory Monday!

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mrtundra's picture

September 19, 2022 at 08:41 am

Has Elgton ever played RT for us, before? I thought he did well playing at a position he hasn't played much time at.

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RCPackerFan's picture

September 19, 2022 at 10:05 am

I could be wrong, but I don't think he has.

He definitely played well overall. Just could tell he was a bit rusty.
Even him being a bit rusty is better then Newman at RT and Hanson at RG. Getting him back is Huge!

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PackyCheese500's picture

September 19, 2022 at 07:49 am

Here are my thoughts:

Good:
Aaron Jones - man, what a night for him!
Preston Smith - he got two sacks and looks great. At least now, it doesn’t look like he has his with his every-other-year production problem anymore.
De’Vondre Campbell - he was moving all around the field, making tackles, and I don’t think he gets enough credit for how much he does for this defense. He doesn’t appear to have lost a step since last season
Play Calling - Both Barry and MLF called much better plays - MLF especially in the red zone, Today was one of his best games, I think. He must have made some real changes and kudos to him.
Edit: Forgot to include Sammy - looks like, along with the Packers, the greatest week 1 receiver of all time decided to take the first week off and show up this week!

Bad:
Run Defense - the run defense wasn’t as much bad as it was inconsistent. Excluding the last part of the 3rd quarter and the first part of the 4th, it actually held up very well. A deeper rotation on the front 7 would help the consistence, and that’s why I think the Packers should sign Jason Pierre Paul. More on that later.
Rookie Receivers: Watson more so than Doubs, but there were some communication issues. All of this is expected, though; it’s the only way for them to get better.

Overall, I was very pleased by this bounce-back performance, and I’ll share some of the main reasons why:
1. Running more: Against the Bears, the Packers were a run-first team, and it worked marvelously. They actually ran more plays than they passed, and it carried their offense. Jenkins’ return helped hugely, but kudos especially to Aaron Jones. Dillon had some moments too.
2. Defensive improvements: The defense looked much more coordinated, motivated, and polished against the Bears. Barry diversified his scheme a bit, which helped great. They were also able to get consistent pressure on the four-man rushes; there was more blitzing too. During this game, especially during the late first and second quarter, I saw glimpses of the top-5 potential that this defense has. Consistency is the next obstacle to overcome, although they did look good for most of the game.
3. Rebounding from setbacks: Perhaps the most encouraging thing that I saw vs the Bears is that they were able to stay motivated, even after suffering setbacks, like the Dillon fumble or the bad snap, and keep the offense and defense going. MLF must have made some big statements to the players, and I thought he was excellent this week.

Overall, I’m very happy with how the Packers rebounded. They just need to iron out the inconsistencies and play at this level against other teams that are actually good. Part of the reason why the pass-rush looked so good, I think, was because of the Bears’ o-line, which isn’t very good. That is why the Packers need to use their available cap space to sign Jason Pierre Paul to add depth to their OLB rotation, something they are lacking, and it was evident vs Minnesota. Pierre Paul is the best remaining free agent OLB any far, and a smaller workload as a rotational OLB (he was a starter with the Bucs) would likely increase the quality and productivity of his play. He’d be affordable, too. I think the Packers have nothing to lose and a lot to gain by signing Pierre Paul.

GPG!

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Guam's picture

September 19, 2022 at 07:59 am

Game Balls:
(1) MLF for finally remembering he has running backs. This is the game plan for the Packers going forward provided MLF can remember he has running backs and should use them.

(2) Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. The Packers rushers rolled up over 200 yards against a Bear defense that had stuffed a pretty good SF rushing attack the week before and were stacking the box against the Packers early.

(2) O-line - this O-line is so much better with Hanson on the bench. Jenkins was rusty but he will get better and Newman is a better guard than tackle and a vastly better guard than Hanson.

(3) Special teams did not hurt the Packers for the second game in a row. Crosby made all of his kicks, coverage teams were solid and the return teams were adequate despite Amari booting one.

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MarkinMadison's picture

September 19, 2022 at 08:06 am

I don't know that I want to try to credit any one person(s), but there was a noticeable improvement in urgency of special teams throughout the game, and on defense after the first drive that lasted until the game was well in hand. So I'll give a game ball to the special teams coach (I'm not trying to spell it).

I want to give a bump to a Go Fund Me Campaign that was started here for the children of Adam Czech. Adam was a contributor here who passed away in 2016 at a very young age, leaving behind two small children. The goal was to raise $50K, and we came up a few bucks short. The link is still below, or here for your convenience: https://cheeseheadtv.com/blog/adam-czech-how-you-can-help-his-family Let's finish this people.

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HawkPacker's picture

September 19, 2022 at 08:45 am

'Special teams did nothing special, but they didn’t do anything to hurt us either. We’ll have to settle for that for now. '

I think they deserve at a minimum an 'honorable mention'.

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PackBacker's picture

September 19, 2022 at 08:52 am

We should all be heaping praise on Chicago. Nothing ever puts the team back on the right track faster than playing the Bears.

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jont's picture

September 19, 2022 at 09:05 am

Here's Aaron Rodgers' version of game balls and lame calls:
“Tonight was really about 28 (A.J. Dillon) and 33 (Jones), getting them the football. I didn't play great. I feel like the stats look a little better than the game.... I missed some throws that I should never miss. There were some opportunities for more points out there.”

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croatpackfan's picture

September 19, 2022 at 09:25 am

I know that today we are all pleased with another victory.

What I see in this game was MLF offense for the first time after he was hired. I have to admit I did not believe that we will se that in the Aaron Rodgers era.

So, I believe that I'll give game ball first to Aaron Rodgers for not changing the play calls got from his HC (except when plays became broke). AR made some very nice throws, like that one to Sammy in the 4Q. But he also (and admit that on interview) made some not so well throws (like one to the left side behind AJ Dillon, or to low short throw to Sammy on the right side). If he may continue to play within game plan, we might again see unstoppable QB we remember from his early seasons as starter. I hope he will because that means that he will be in situation to win another SB (for himself, team and all of us).

Late 3Q and early 4Q problems with stopping the run does not bother me much, because Packers are mostly have 3 to 4 back ups on DL/OLB. That was good school for them. And result allows Packers to do that. It will keep starters fresh and safe from injuries. That is important.

ST was at least adequate. Baring muffed punt and short kick-off, things looks much improve compared to the last season.

For me there is 2 beautiful plays I'll remember from this game: 1. was AJ TD scored behind Dillons block and guidance & 2. was 20+ yards on desperate screen pass to Romeo Doubs. That young fellow did a wonderful job.

I think if Packers D will be on this level (or even better) we can expect very good outcome from Tampa. That outcome will depend on offense too, but repeating standards from this game will be crucial.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

September 19, 2022 at 11:14 am

Yup this was the game many of us have been begging for for a really long time. Ive sent a lot of shade Rodgers' way for the exact reasons you mentioned, but he gets all the credit today. If he keeps this up, nobody's beating this team. As for the run defense, they just couldnt tackle tonight. They dont tackle in practice anymore so their tackling is still in preseason. They'll get it cleaned up.

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Tundraboy's picture

September 19, 2022 at 09:37 am

This is what drives me crazy and worries me the most.

What will it be like against the better teams like Tampa next week and in the playoffs of course.

Rodgers at times is garbage,. This whole trust and throw only to my guy or the experienced guy. Whatever.

Last night first chance for a touchdown he forces into double coverage to Lazard incomplete , while Sammy Watkins is standing alone, all by hmself in the middle in front of the end zone!

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Lphill's picture

September 19, 2022 at 09:52 am

his name is Rodgers not Rogers, maybe watch some other NFL games and see quarterbacks not throw to what looks like an open receiver or is it just Rodgers that does this?

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Tundraboy's picture

September 19, 2022 at 08:00 pm

Typo corrected, Probably the first time I mistyped that but thanks for the correction. By the way, I've watched 60 years worth of games and when there is that much separation, which has not always been a luxury around here, you take full advantage of every opportunity to score.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

September 19, 2022 at 11:09 am

Im probably the biggest Rodgers critic on these boards but ill be the first to tell you that wasnt double coverage. It was a "hole shot" into a cover 2 defense. Thats the spot you throw to when youre trying to beat a cover 2 vertically and outside the numbers. The only thing he did wrong on that play was by not throwing it to the corner of the endzone away from the safety. I thought this was the best game played by Rodgers since their win vs the then undefeated Cardinals last year.

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HawkPacker's picture

September 19, 2022 at 11:19 am

I thought we won last night. Why all the negativity?

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murf7777's picture

September 19, 2022 at 11:54 am

Tundra, I think you are a bit hard on Rodgers. I watch a lot of football and see other QB’s including Brady make errant throws and miss wide open receivers. With how fast the rushers are and the complex defenses QB’s don’t always have the time to see the whole field every single play.

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Tundraboy's picture

September 19, 2022 at 02:42 pm

No doubt and no doubt I'm frustrated. I'm still having flashbacks the last year's playoff performance and I just want us to win in a team sport.

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PackyCheese500's picture

September 19, 2022 at 01:29 pm

That wasn’t double coverage, it was a good play by the rookie corner. Watch the game again, Rodgers played well, I thought. I agree, though, that the Packers, now that they’ve established the identity of the team, have to prove themselves against teams that are actually good. We’ll see next week in Tampa - I think it will be close, but Rodgers + Florida in September is not a good combo. Bucs win it, 20-24 - although I think a rematch in the playoffs is likely, and I think the Packers will have a good shot then since it’s in January.

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Since'61's picture

September 19, 2022 at 10:07 am

Game Balls: Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, Elgton Jenkins, Cobb, P. Smith, Gary, Stokes and Alexander.

Lame Calls: Run defense, tackling, mishandled handoff, and snap which bounced off of Watson.

I believe but I can't say for certain that if the Packers don't fumble the hand off to Dillon the Packers go up 31-7 on that drive and then we see more opportunities for Doubs and Watson and we probably see Love in the 4th quarter. But the sloppy play enabled the Bears to hang around and we needed that late FG drive to ultimately put the game away. On to Tampa. GPG! Thanks, Since '61

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HawkPacker's picture

September 19, 2022 at 11:22 am

Since'61, I believe you mean Elton Jenkins. I would also add Quay Walker to the Game Balls.

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Since'61's picture

September 19, 2022 at 12:11 pm

Yes, I did mean Elgton Jenkins. I have made the correction.
Good catch. Thanks, Since ‘61

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Rebecca's picture

September 19, 2022 at 01:55 pm

Elgton Torrance Jenkins Jr. is an American football offensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He played college football at Mississippi State.Wikipedia

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PeteK's picture

September 19, 2022 at 10:12 am

A division win is always good, especially after our dismal opening game. However, 19-160 -8.4 rushing against our D is very disappointing. Too many missed tackles and front line not getting off blks against a mediocre O line. Tampa Bay with an NFL leading 10 sacks, and Vea/Hicks will also present an interesting challenge.

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HawkPacker's picture

September 19, 2022 at 11:24 am

I think the Bears have a helluva running back from Iowa State. He has some good moves and is very hard to bring down. I was cussing at the TV when they could not bring him down fast enough but have to admit that the guy is good!

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PackyCheese500's picture

September 19, 2022 at 01:26 pm

The run defense stats don’t tell the whole story. The run defense was actually pretty good except for two absolutely ridiculous drives in the 3rd/4th quarter. Pass Rush was decent, at times great. The Packers need to sign Jason Pierre Paul for OLB depth. That will take the pass rush to the next level. The only reason Tampa has 10 sacks is that that they were playing against a bad Saints o-line and the Cowboys’ backup o-line. Hicks was injured on Sunday so we’ll see if he plays. Godwin and a couple other of Tampa’s WRs will also be inactive. I expect a close game.

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BAMABADGER's picture

September 19, 2022 at 10:44 am

Over all a strong rebound game against our archrival. Offense had some timing/execution issues and pass protection breakdowns, which can be corrected. An attacking D plays much better, but the breakdown in the 4th has to be fixed before we play high caliber teams. Lastly, please MLF, keep your focus on the game. No other HC in the NFL tries to get the crowd going with cheerleading antics. Packer fans are one of if not the most knowledgeable in the game. They know when to raise the roof. Put all your HC effort facing the field and motivating the team not the fans.

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HawkPacker's picture

September 19, 2022 at 11:26 am

Yes, they do have some issues but I look at it like 'all the young guys just got another game experience under their belt. Each week we should see some improvement.

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Rebecca's picture

September 19, 2022 at 02:02 pm

I agree, LaFleur should cut the cheerleading. And then the Offense has to shut the crowd up at the goal line in order to hear the calks and snap count. Packer crowds overflow with enthusiasm, often at the wrong time. It makes the Packers home crowd seem stupid.

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wildbill's picture

September 19, 2022 at 11:02 am

Some things on offense that will hopefully get cleaned up but if we don’t start tackling better it will haunt us all year

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

September 19, 2022 at 11:04 am

234 pass yards and 200+ rush yards. Perfect offensive formula. Funny how the offense is at its best when it actually runs the ball. Some of us have been saying it for years. This is the formula they need to play with if they want a chance at a super bowl.

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murf7777's picture

September 19, 2022 at 12:01 pm

I think every game plays out differently. Not only how the game flows, but also targeting the weakness of the opponent. I also think every team would love to have those stats week in and week out. Sometimes its just not possible. Keep in mind, that was against a bad team that will struggle to get 7 wins.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

September 19, 2022 at 07:33 pm

Their last playoff victory, against the Rams, was almost identicle to last night's win. They passed for 296 and ran for 188 yds. It was also the most convincing playoff win of the Lafleur era. Then the following week they pass 48 times vs only 16 runs and lose by 5 at home to the Bucs. They have to force the issue. They cant just wait around hoping to get big leads before running the ball. They have to run the ball to get leads. Everyone saw it last night. When theyre balanced and sticking with the run this offense functions like a well oiled machine just like Shanahan's 49ers and Mcvay's Rams (back when they could actually run the ball). Time for them to accept their identity.

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LLCHESTY's picture

September 19, 2022 at 12:31 pm

The Rams had 43 rushing yards on 23 attempts for a 1.9 yard per carry average in the SB.

Just saying.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

September 19, 2022 at 07:26 pm

Packers arent the Rams. This Packers team plays its best football when theyre balanced and its been that way virtually the entire Lafleur era. When they get away from the run, they struggle. Yeah each game plays out differently, but they have a tendency to abandon the run early in games. They get away with it in the regular season but it has absolutely killed them in their 3 playoff losses. Last night you could tell they schemed to run the ball. With that kind of variety and creativity, they can run on anyone if they emphasize it. This is their identity. Hopefully they choose to accept it cuz theyre not passing their way to another super bowl. It just isnt happening.

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splitpea1's picture

September 19, 2022 at 11:07 am

I'll add a game ball to the Watkins-Cobb duo. After last game, I needed a little confirmation that these guys were going to be useful components of the passing offense--and I got it.

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

September 19, 2022 at 11:59 am

I'll just agree with all of the above comments and balls/calls, with this one addition:

A game ball (whistle?) to the refs of these first two games. It's so refreshing to see them just "letting them play" finally!

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PyschoDad3's picture

September 19, 2022 at 07:47 pm

Great to see the Packers get the W last night,, but realistically this game had way more downside than upside. Win and we beat a bad Bears team; just more " We own the Bears" etc. etc., Don't even want to think what these boards would have looked like had the outcome been different, and we came close to letting the Bears back in that one.
Next week against the Brady bunch should be a better indication how things are. Plans are all well and good, until someone punches you in the mouth as they say. Tampa Bay's D has done that to us before, and unfortunately, we don't have a history of reacting well to it. I'm holding out hope that if it does happen, the Packers will get up and punch back harder, or be the ones who punch first and punch best.

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jhtobias's picture

September 19, 2022 at 08:40 pm

Let's just go with Lame Calls

Preseason hype : T.J. Slayton and Johnathan Garvin . Man T.J. Slayton has been getting abused this year and Garvin is not an NFL player. Hanson would qualify but they finally came to their senses and sat him.

They really need a competent average third edge rusher not a star but someone maybe engabare can be that

Adrian Amos : Did he forget how to tackle and play safety. Give him the benefit of the doubt but wow has this been a surprise

Devonte Wyatt : The kid is thinking to much you can see his quickness and explosion but i think he will be fine mid season

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LLCHESTY's picture

September 19, 2022 at 09:17 pm

I agree, people have been abusing TJ Slaton's name since they signed Chris Slayton.

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Packers0808's picture

September 19, 2022 at 09:10 pm

Just an observation here Davante Adams 2 receptions yesterday for 12 yards!

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