Aaron Rodgers going down on the seventh play from scrimmage certainly played in the Bears' favor on Monday night.
The Bears outgained the Packers 442 to 312 on offense as they ran 20 more plays then them, 75 to 55.
It wasn't all pretty for the Bears in their big 27-20 win at Lambeau Field. The Bears' offense clicked with Josh McCown under center and Matt Forte was flat out ridiculous for most of the night.
Jay Cutler played a big part in helping McCown settle into the Bears' offense. He was vocal on the sidelines and looked like he wanted the win just as bad as anyone else on the team despite being in street clothes.
The Bears' defense however allowed 199 rushing yards including 150 on 22 carries and one touchdown from rookie running back Eddie Lacy.
Lacy had a couple of huge runs including a 56-yard run where Bears safety Chris Conte seemed lost on the play. The excuses for Conte are done and over with. If he can't step up its time to find someone else who can.
Veteran James Starks also gashed the Bears' defense for a 32-yard touchdown run also on a play where Conte was beat pretty badly.
The Packers play calling was predictable with Rodgers out, but the Bears couldn't stop Lacy at times. They did their part however allowing Green Bay to convert just one of nine third down attempts.
Josh McCown posted a 90.7 passer rating as he completed 22 of 41 pass attempts for 272 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked only once.
McCown played the game of his life and quite frankly he proved why its so valuable to have a knowledgable and crafty veteran as your backup quarterback.
Many teams have struggled to find a backup quarterback, the Bears have for a long time, most recently Caleb Hanie aka Mr. Dreadful.
The Packers had themselves a dreadful backup in Seneca Wallace. Obviously, McCown had a longer time to prepare including actual practice snaps as well, but Wallace was ineffective.
If Rodgers is truly out three weeks, Green Bay could find themselves under .500 when he returns to the field.
The keys coming into the game were shutting down Lacy, getting Forte 20 or more touches and getting pressure on Rodgers.
The Bears did two of those three things perfectly on Monday night, which led to the fifth victory of the season for them.
Marc Trestman realized that the inside runs weren't working much as Roberto Garza couldn't get much push in the trenches. So, he sent Forte outside on stretch plays where Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett and Alshon Jeffery were all stellar at opening up running lanes with blocks.
Marshall played one of the best games of his Bears career as he looked more determined than ever in this big NFC North rivalry game. He caught seven passes for 107 yards and one touchdown.
The 23-yard touchdown reception came on a beautifully thrown ball by McCown as he was being pressured by two Packer defenders.
Jeffery contributed with five grabs for 60 yards and the game-winning touchdown with 2:41 left in the third quarter.
The Bears played "Bears football" on Monday night. They got back to doing some key things. Running the ball effectively while winning the time of possession battle (33 minutes: 26 minutes) and getting constant pressure on the opposing quarterback.
From the start of the game, Julius Peppers and Shea McClellin were on a mission to get after the quarterback. McClellin knocked out Rodgers (shoulder) early in the game and continued his solid play throughout the night.
McClellin totaled five tackles and three sacks.Those three sacks are as many as the former first-round pick has had in his last 20 games.
The Bears came into Monday night's game with just seven sacks on the season. They generated five sacks against the Pack.
Peppers was credited with two tackles, one sack and one athletic interception of Wallace. He didn't show up on the stat sheet that much, but he was active all getting pressures and knocking down passes.
Corey Wootton seems like a better fit at defensive tackle where had four tackles and a sack late in the game.
The pressure from the defensive line was something we were used to seeing regularly all last season. Hopefully this unit can maintain this confidence and continue their impressive play.
Marc Trestman made a call that had to be a breath of fresh air for Bears fans. Although risky it was something that Lovie Smith would have never even thought about making during his tenure in the windy city.
The Bears were determined to end the game and come away with the win. They didn't want to give the ball back and let Eddie Lacy run all of over their banged up defense.
On their own 33-yard line with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, Trestman decided to go for it on fourth-and-inches and the Bears converted on a Forte run outside.
It gave the Bears the chance to run out the clock and that's exactly what they did. They clocked over eight minutes of offense, while capping off the drive with a Robbie Gould field goal to extend the lead to seven.
With 50 seconds left, Wallace and the Packers had one last shot, but the Bears' defense shut them down.
It was a team effort. McCown stepped up when his name was called and the talent around him delivered. The defense had its moments providing pressure as Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings did their part locking down the Packers receivers.
You have to be impressed by the Bears fight all season long. They haven't crumbled despite so much adversity and so many key players banged up.
There's now a three way tie a top the NFC North, Detroit, Chicago and Green Bay are all 5-3. The Bears host the Lions next Sunday at Soldier Field looking to revenge their Week Four loss against them.
Jay Cutler (groin) is hoping to beat his four-week timetable, but it remains to be seen if he will truly start on Sunday in this big NFC North matchup.
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