The Bears came into Sunday's contest against the Green Bay Packers at 1-1 in desperate need of a big win. With the team morale low after being trumped by Drew Brees and the Saints, it didn't get much better facing the reigning Super Bowl Champions. It isn't very often a team will face Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers in a 3 week span. The Bears now have a 1-2 record to show for it.
The Packers defeated the Bears 27-17 and Aaron Rodgers made it seem pretty easy. He connected with TE Jermichael Finley for 3 touchdown passes. Rodgers was 28 of 38 for 297 yards and, 1 interception which came in the 4th quarter at the hands of Brian Urlacher. Despite the interception by Urlacher, and a big fumble recovery by Julius Peppers, the Bears offense couldn't muster up the points to hang with the Packers.
Jay Cutler struggled all day long but, he didn't receive much help either. The offensive line couldn't run block well enough to get Matt Forte going. Forte wound up with 9 carries for 2 yards. Just 1 week removed from the Saints game where he only received 11 carries. The unbalanced, heavily pass-skewed offense is not yielding the results that it should be to warrant the high frequency of pass calls. Cutler was 21 of 37 for 302 yards, with 2 TD's (Sanzenbacher, Davis) and 2 interceptions.
Cutler's inability to put up gaudy numbers is a little troubling. The Green Bay defense allowed Drew Brees and Cam Newton to both throw for over 400 yards. The Packers were even without pro bowl safety Nick Collins who was ruled out for the season the week before. Cutler didn't have much help, as I stated earlier. It seemed as if every time Cutler made a nice throw, the offense took 2 major steps back whether it was the result of a huge drop or penalty. Johnny Knox had a really big drop on 3rd and long in the 3rd quarter and Roy Williams had a dropped touchdown as well.
I can't help but think how the game changes had two things gone the Bears way...
In the 1st quarter, Jay Cutler overthrew a wide open Roy Williams down the right sideline. Had Roy caught this and went for a TD, does Jay and the offense play with more confidence?
The heralded "Hester/Knox Fake Punt Return TD" doesn't get called back on a phantom holding call. Devin Hester acted as if he was about to fair catch a punt, when in reality the ball had troubled to the other side of the field where Johnny Knox caught it and waltzed into the endzone for a PR TD. Aaron Rodgers called it the most amazing play he had ever seen. Too bad it was ruined by an awful phantom holding call. If they score this touchdown, the game is 27-24 and the Bears have a chance to onside kick with 1 minute left. Can't help but think, what if?
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