Going into Sunday night’s game, the matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears was marketed as great offense vs. great defense.
And we know we’re not talking about the Bears when we say great offense. (Or even average offense).
I’ll have to admit, I thought the game was going to be a low-scoring affair. The Bears had been stout on defense all season, and, before Sunday, the most points they had given up was 26. It was a classic case of the unstoppable force against the immovable object.
Then the Packers dropped 41 points in a blowout.
After losing two out of the last three games before Sunday, it was so fun to just enjoy the Packers play football and make it look effortless. Aaron Rodgers had three touchdown passes before halftime, the defense forced multiple turnovers and every facet of the offense got involved.
And since I’m really enjoying myself, the Packers earned their 100th win over the Bears in the NFL’s oldest rivalry. How can you not love that?
Now, let’s get into the good stuff.
In the process of beating the brakes off the Bears, the Packers moved back into the top spot as the No. 1 scoring offense in the league. Their 31.7 points per game just edges out the Chiefs’ 31.6 so far this season. And we all know how last season ended for the Chiefs as the top offense in the second half of the season.
Green Bay also holds a touchdown efficiency of 36.5%, good for second in the NFL, and a scoring efficiency of 47.8%, tied for third. The offense is also fourth in yards per game. Take away one anomaly against the Buccaneers earlier in the year, they may be leading almost every category.
Oh yeah – Aaron Rodgers also leads the league in touchdown passes, passer rating and PFF grade. In both of his previous MVP seasons, Rodgers threw 38 touchdowns in 2014, and 45 touchdowns in 2011. He’s at 33 touchdowns with 5 games to go. There’s a legit case to be made for MVP this season.
If the defense can play well enough to keep the ball in Rodgers’ hands – and out of the opposing team’s – I like Green Bay’s chances down the stretch. But that’s a big if.
The winner of the last five out of six Super Bowls held a top five total offense. So here’s a question. Does offense win championships? Maybe so. Just ask Kansas City that question.
If the Packers can keep it up going into the final stretch of games, a talented offense could get the team from Titletown back to the big dance.——————
Gunnar Davis is a lifelong Packers fan and a recent graduate of Simpson College, where he was a 3-year letterwinner on the offensive line and graduated with a degree in multimedia communications. You can follow him on Twitter at @Gunnar57Davis.