I am glad that I relaxed. I was told to. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers instructed me and all the rest of Cheesehead Nation to just relax. I panicked a little.
You can certainly go back and check the tape, there’s no question about that. During last week’s episode of From the Benches, which was recorded just moments after the loss to Detroit, I picked the Bears to win. The Bears. THE BEARS I TELL YOU!
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers own the Bears and it doesn’t appear that that’s going to change any time soon. The main difference between the two teams is and will continue to be the two quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers was dominant. Jay Cutler was Jay Cutler.
Some of the things that Packers fans pined for showed up in this game, some certainly did not. Either the pass protection got better or Rodgers got the ball out quicker. One or the other. The offense started fast for a change. After watching the Bears roll down the field slowly in 15 plays, the Packers roared back scoring almost immediately. The defense created turnovers as well.
The running game was still a big problem. The Packers could not run the ball. The shotgun and toss running game was not effective. They got a little more going out of more traditional run formations but still not the Eddie Lacy that we saw a season ago. James Starks did not register a carry, which at this point is unacceptable. The pass defense continued to be above average, but no better than that.
At the end of the day this is not a perfect team, but it is a good one. The Packers should be able to take care of business against a weak Minnesota team on Thuresday and go into another “mini-bye” with a record of 3-2. It’s always nice to beat the Bears, but its’ especially nice to blow them out in their own building.
Player of the Game: Aaron Rodgers- what else can be said about QB1? He told us all to just cool it and then he went in and carved up what many “experts” had believed to be the new #1 team in the division. He was decisive, accurate and the throw that he made to Davante Adams that was negated by a questionable holding call on Linsley was a throw that humans are not supposed to make.
Hell of a game: Richard Rodgers- not only did he get things going with two huge catches on the first drive, but the play at the end of the game where he sprinted down the field and drilled DJ Williams during that catch and run by Cobb makes me think he’s Packer people.
Not so great: Micah Hyde- I wrote something this off season about how Micah Hyde could be the answer to the Packers’ problems against the tight end. Oh boy did he make me look not very smart today. Hyde was obliterated by Martellus Bennet and needs to play better or he’s going to be watching HaHa Clinton-Dix from the sidelines very soon.
Tune in tomorrow morning for this week’s episode of From the Benches!