A Packers-Bears matchup is always interesting and last night’s 195th meeting was no different. It was so eventful that it is hard to believe the score was so awry. It may have been in the Packers favor with a final score of 35 to 14, however the injury bug came back with a vengeance sidelining more key players. Try to stick with me as I recap a Thursday night football game that consisted of literally everything.
Ty Montgomery Leaves in the 1st
It was reported during the game that Montgomery sustained his injury on the first play, but he managed to run the ball four more times afterwards. Ensuing a tackle near the sideline, Montgomery walked stiff toward the sideline before dropping to one knee. A departure to the locker room revealed he had broken ribs and would not be returning. It is unknown how long he will be out, though the usual recovery time ranges from three to six weeks. Montgomery was running more fluid than he looked all season with 28 yards on five carries.
Clay Matthews is the All-Time Sack Leader
It had to wait a week, but Matthews captured the 75th sack of his career to move ahead Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila as the franchise leader. The triumphant moment transpired on the Bears first drive as a gang of Packers jumped Mike Glennon on his first drop back. Matthews was there first and forced a fumble that was recovered by Jake Ryan. It was the first of four takeaways that helped the Packers generate a wide gap. “For me after that play I kind of wanted a few more. It’s cool to be up there with some of the greats, especially in such an amazing organization,” said Matthews.
Lighting Delay Gives Packers Two Halftimes
At the very end of the first quarter a lightning storm surrounded Lambeau forcing a stoppage in play. Play did not resume for almost an hour as heavy rain forced fans into the concourse. Once play did pick back up, the steady downpour stuck around for basically the rest of the game.
Aaron Jones Has Not Missed a Beat
Jones stepped in for an injured Jamaal Williams who is the Packers initial back-up for Montgomery. Jones was impressive in preseason, yet he still had not seen a carry to this point. He was the Packers most accountable running back statistics wise during preseason. As Jones entered the huddle, he did not appear to suffer from any jitters in his first NFL game. He ran in for a touchdown during the second quarter to give the Packers a 21-0 lead. After the final preseason game, I speculated the Packers would keep him over Williams and Devante Mays, yet they kept all four. Turns out for good reason.
Lane Taylor is a Solid Emergency Tackle
Last night the Packers offensive line was made up of four guards and a center. Starting left guard Taylor was forced to play left tackle. Something he had never done before. His performance was nothing to gawk at, but given the situation his play was pretty remarkable. He allowed just one hurry on 31 snaps in pass protection.
Damarious Randall is in the Dog House
Right before the end of the first half, Randall had a blown coverage on a corner route ran by Kendall Wright who scored easily. The touchdown made it a 14-point game with the Bears receiving the second half kickoff. Later in the game he was benched for getting into a verbal altercation with a Packers coach. There is still no word on who it may have been or what caused it. McCarthy commented saying it was his decision to send Randall to the locker room but no personnel decisions have been made.
Davante Adams is OK After Scary Hit
Adams was carried off on a stretcher at the end of the third quarter after a big helmet to helmet hit by linebacker Danny Trevathan. It was 3rd and goal from the 16 when Aaron Rodgers checked down to Adams over the middle. Adams fought for about six yards, but as he was held up by another Bears defender, Trevathan got a good lick in. Because he lowered his helmet the hit was ruled as a unnecessary roughness penalty allowing Trevathan to stay in the game. Words were exchanged between teams as Adams laid motionless on the field. He was able to give a thumbs up before being carried out of sight from the fans. McCarthy said Friday that the tests were encouraging and Adams will remain in concussion protocol. This is good news considering the hit was one of the more violent ones you will ever see on a football field.
You can bet the hit on Adams will linger in the Packers’ minds until these teams meet up again November 12th.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. He has covered the Packers for over five years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.