Packers 23 Bears 10
It was a tough night in Green Bay. Jay Cutler and the entire offense was terrible. Cutler was in players faces and did not come off in a flattering light. Fans were irate and the good will from last week's game against Indianapolis is gone. It only took 8 minutes for the first trade Cutler call on 670 The Scores post game show with Doug and OB. Last week was Super Bowl here we come and this week is the toilet. Less talk by Cutler and Marshall and more game planning will be key for St. Louis. Relax though Bears fans, its only Week 2. Here's the grades breakdown:
Everything that could of went wrong for Jay Cutler did go wrong. Cutler, who historically has struggled at Lambeau Field, continued his streak. Constant pressure by the Packers, sacks, and a poor offensive game plan led Cutler to lose his cool. Cutler started forcing passes and was in his teammates faces. I don't blame Cutler for being animated with his teammates, but his performance was no better. Cutler was 11/27 for 126 yards. He was sacked 7 times, threw 4 interceptions, and 1 TD. Cutler's QB rating was a dismal 28.2.
Running backs: B-
Matt Forte had 7 carries for 31 yards and provided 49 yards receiving before leaving the game at the end of the 1st half with a ankle injury. The extent of the injury is unknown. Forte missed a key block on DJ Smith early in the game that led to a opening sack. Michael Bush had 14 carries for 54 yards total. Bush provided a effective running game when his number was called. The Bears did not commit early to the run game and that was a mistake schematically.
Poor quarterback play by Jay Cutler did not help his receivers. Constant pressure and poor pass protection had Cutler scrambling. Cutler under threw receivers and forced passes. Brandon Marshall, who despite claiming he's hard to guard because his 6'5" was a non-factor. Marhsall did not have a reception in the 1st half. Marhsall was unable to gain consistent separation on the defensive backs. The Packers went man on Marhsall with a safety over the top. He also dropped a touchdown pass that he should of caught. Marshall finished with 2 receptions for 24 yards. Devin Hester and Alshon Jeffery were non-factors. Earl Bennett had 2 receptions for 21 yards. Bennett, however, contributed to one interception by not coming back to the ball. The Bears failed to adjust their game plan. With the big receivers they have, the Bears should of went to some short slants or screens.
Tight Ends: C-
Kellen Davis had 1 reception for 21 yards good for a TD. Davis had a bad penalty that killed a drive in the 3rd though. Davis was targeted 6 times, but only caught one pass. Despite what the organization says, Davis is not a elite tight end. Offensive Coordinator Mike Tice finally added a tight end in the 2nd half to help the left side. Clay Matthews still was able to get his though, even in max protection.
Offensive Line: F
When your quarterback gets sacked 7 times there's little to say. J'Marcus Webb was over matched by Clay Matthews. Garza, Carimi, and Webb all had bad penalties. Carimi got caught
on a retaliation penalty which can't happen. Chris Spencer struggled at left guard which is a new position for him this year. The pass protection was terrible and the run game wasn't great. The line will have to improve to be successful. The Bears have a option in Chilo Rachal, a free agent addition, to try on the offensive line. The line also did not appreciate their quarterback getting in their faces and calling them out.
Defensive Line: A
Aaron Rodgers was sacked 5 times in the game. Henry Melton continued his good start with another sack this week. Corey Wootton and Shea McClellin teamed up to share a sack on Rodgers. McClellin caught notice again with a solo sack on Rodgers. Julius Peppers continues to get doubled and triple teamed. Despite that, Peppers had 2 sacks of his own. We continue to see Peppers move inside in certain situations. McClellin also saw some time at DT. The Bears need more inside pressure through from the DT position. Stephen Paea and Amobi Okoye need to step up their game for St. Louis.
Cedric Benson did a good job of challenging the Bears linebackers. The Packers committed to the run game early and also used Benson to gash the linebackers in short passing situations. Brian Uralcher still seemed slow and limited in cutting side to side. Urlacher did show improvement though and had 8 total tackles. Lance Briggs had a good game with a team leading 10 total tackles. Briggs did drop a sure interception that left points on the board. Nick Roach had 4 tackles and had trouble with Jermichael Finely on short routes.
Charles Tillman looked good, despite being questionable with a shin injury prior to the game. Tillman created a forced fumble on Finley using his patented ball punch technique. Tillman recovered the fumble as well. Tim Jennings continues to impressive early in the season. He had some big tackles on third down and intercepted a pass intended for James Jones. Chris Conte and Major Wright had a rough day at safety. Bad angles and missed tackles led to big gains by Green Bay receivers.
Special Teams: D-
The game changing moment was the fake FG attempt by Green Bay. A shovel pass to tight end Tom Crabtree totally fooled the Bears and led to touchdown. Robbie Gould converted on his only FG attempt and his only extra point attempt. Adam Podlesh had 6 punts for around a 46 yard average. Devin Hester returned a kickoff for 38 yards.
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