Green Bay – For the first time in 84 years, the Packers lead their antediluvian rivals — as former Packers PR Director Lee Remmel love to say — the Chicago Bears in their all-time series.
With a 35-14 dismantling of the Bears Thursday night at Lambeau Field, Green Bay now leads the overall all-time series 95-94-6. But the victory came at a high cost.
Injuries again hit Green Bay hard, with several key starters knocked out of the game, including a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver Davante Adams that knocked him cold. Adams was taken off the field on a stretcher, but gave a thumbs up as he entered the tunnel.
He is being evaluated at a local hospital and was alert and had feeling in his extremities. Running back Ty Montgomery (broken ribs) and Jamaal Williams (knee) were also knocked out of the contest.
The league is reviewing the vicious hit by Danny Trevathan and a suspension may well be forthcoming for the Bears linebacker.
Green Bay started the game without starting tackles David Bakhtiari and Brian Bulaga and defensive leader Mike Daniels and veteran cornerback Davon House. Head coach Mike McCarthy revamped his offensive line to include four guards, with Lane Taylor getting the job done at the all-important left tackle position—which he’s never played before.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who threw four touchdown passes, took full advantage of Bears’ quarterback Mike Glennon’s four turnovers (2 INTs, 2 fumbles) in building a 14-0 first quarter lead and a 21-7 cushion by halftime. There was a 45-minute lightning delay in the second quarter.
“The downer part is when you see your teammates getting hurt,” Rodgers said. “That’s tough, but there’s a lot to be proud of tonight with the way the offensive line battled. The defense dominated the line of scrimmage (and forced) four turnovers, and the way we played in the red zone and on third down. We ‘ve been really good in situational football so far this season.”a
The Packers notched their first NFC North division victory of the season and improved to 3-1 going into a mini-bye week. Chicago fell to 1-3 on the season.
Chicago head coach John Fox did not sugarcoat his team’s performance.
“Obviously, a very poor performance,” Fox said in his post-game press conference. “I think it starts at the top, we got outcoached, we got outplayed in every area. We’ve got a lot of work to do. Fortunately, we have a mini-bye here, 10-11 days to evaluate and do things necessary for us to improve. That’s across the board.”
In a subdued Bears locker room, offensive lineman Kyle Long said Chicago’s slow start and early turnovers were too much to overcome.
“Going down 14 to nothing is not the way to go,” Long told reporters. “We don’t put our defense in a good position. We don’t put ourselves in a good situation. Playing catchup on Aaron Rodgers is not the best idea at Lambeau.”