The Bears and the Packers come into their week three matchup both having 2-0 records. While no one is surprised at the Packers’ fast start to the season, many people were wondering if the Bears are actually a good team or were they the beneficiaries of playing against the Lions team who only won two games last season, and a Cowboys team who seemed to have a hard time for their rhythm offensively. Chicago’s offensive line struggled early last week in pass protection while the Packers’ defense has recorded six sacks through their first two games. The Bears limited their previous two opponents to less than two yards per carry and Green Bay lost RB Ryan Grant for the season. So the main focal point coming into this game would be how would the Bears offensive line hold up and if whether or not they could find a way to contain Aaron Rodgers being that the Packers would have to rely heavily on their passing game.
The Bears on their opening drive kept the ball for over six minutes but failed to come away with any points as Robbie Gould’s field goal sailed wide right. The Packers marched right down the field almost effortlessly to take a 7-0 lead behind Rodgers who completed all four of his pass attempts for 62 yards. The Bears seemed totally out of sorts following their opening drive and the offensive allowed three sacks; Cutler threw an interception and missed badly on several passing plays. Things looked bleak for Chicago as they trailed 10-0 late in the first half. However, their fortunes would take a turn for the better as Devin Hester returned a punt for 28-yard to give the Bears good field position and a few plays later Cutler completed a nine-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olson cutting the lead to 10-7 which was a positive because the Bears only managed 137 total yards in the first half.
Neither team would score in the third quarter as the Julius Peppers recorded his 10th blocked field goal attempt after the Packers had the ball for nearly eight minutes. The Bears would return the favor on their next drive by going for it on fourth and goal and were stopped at the one-yard line. The Bears would hold the Packers deep in their own territory and then there was another Devin Hester sighting. Hester would return the ensuing punt for a touchdown, his first in nearly three seasons, giving the Bears a 14-10 lead. The Packers would score on the following possession to reclaim the lead and Chicago would tie the score at 17 with just a few minutes remaining in the game. The stage was set for another Packer march down the field to win the game but it was not meant to be. Rodgers completed a pass to James Jones as the Bears swarmed to the ball, Brian Urlacher forced a fumble giving the Bears a chance to win. A few plays later, Robbie Gould was kicking the winning field goal to give the Bears a 20-17 over their division rivals and now are the only undefeated team in the NFC.
The Bears were very fortunate to win this game as they were out gained by 100 yards and the offensive line struggles have not seem to gone away. If this continues to be an issue along with the lack of a running game, it will be a long season for Jay Cutler as he spent a good portion of this game as he did the first two, scrambling for cover. Here’s to hoping the offensive line have a better showing against the Giants next week.
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Could have fooled me, Rick Morrissey, Chicago Sun-Times
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