Bears Packers Rivalry


Tyler Ahearn, Reporter

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers let them know Sunday at Lambeau Field that they have a lot of work to do. Final: Packers 27, Bears 10 The Bears took an early 7-3 lead, but it was all Rodgers, Aaron Jones, and A.J. Dillon from that point on. The Packers led 24-7 at halftime, and the Bears’ offense had no way of punching its way back into the game. On the night, Justin Fields went 7-for-11 for 70 yards and an interception while adding a 3-yard rushing score. Running back David Montgomery was a bright spot, rushing for 122 yards on 15 carries in the loss. Here’s what we learned from the Bears’ loss in Green Bay.Forgettable nightRodgers is in his 18th NFL season. Veteran cornerbacks like Rodgers are notorious for picking on rookie cornerbacks, no matter how talented they are. Sunday night was no exception. Rodgers rarely looked Jaylon Johnson’s way. Why would he? The Packers star continually went at rookie defensive back Kyler Gordon. Gordon, like many Bears defenders, struggled to diagnose Green Bay’s play-action, giving Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, and Sammy Watkins the edge on a number of snaps. In the first half, Gordon allowed six completions, including a touchdown, as the Bears trailed 24-7. He gave up another long completion to Sammy Watkins in the second half.
Cornerbacks almost always struggle early in their NFL transition (Patrick Surtain Jr.
notwithstanding).Gordon is extremely talented, but there will be growing pains.Luckily for the Bears, there are very few quarterbacks on the schedule who can pick on him the way Rodgers did Sunday.Two-headed monster eatsWe knew the Packers were going to lean on Jones and Dillon. After getting pasted by the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said as much.The Bears had no answers for the Packers’ backfield tandem Sunday.Green Bay ate the Bears alive with Pony Personnel (Dillon and Jones both on thefield) in the first half. The Bears’ front four got a decent push on the first two drives, but the missed tackles piled up and Jones and Dillon ground them to dust.In the first half, Dillon and Jones combined for 20 touches for 123 for the Packers’ 233 yards and two touchdowns.
The back-breaking moment for the Bears’ defense came midway through the second quarter. Trailing 10-7, the Bears had the Packers facing a second-and-28 after a Travis Gipson sack. But Rodgers threw a quick pass to Romeo Doubs that gained 20 afterseveral missed tackles. He hit Cobb for 9 on the next play for a first down.Two plays later, Jones took a short pass from Rodgers and cruised 8 yards for the score as Dillon paved the way. That made it 17-7 and was pretty much all she wrote.The Bears’ defense struggled to tackle, forced just one turnover (a botched handoff), and made too many mental mistakes against a team with way more talent. The Packers rushed for 203 yards on the night.So overall, it was a good game to watch even though it did not turn out the way me and a lot of other people wanted.