On Thursday, all doubt was shattered when a hungry Packers team shook up Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears. Green Bay’s 23-10 victory over Chicago made for a settling rebound off their week one loss.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers entered week two of the season 0-1, because of an unforeseen loss to the San Francisco 49ers. With doubt about the teams run game quickly spreading, their week two Division matchup against one of their oldest rivals put them in a must win situation.
With the first half of the game being a defensive struggle for both teams, Green Bay changed the pace of the game completely. Late in the second quarter, the Packers were lined up for a field goal, when punter Tim Masthay tossed the ball to back-up tight end, Tom Crabtree. Crabtree dashed past the confused Bears defenders, into the end zone for six points. The Packers defense would not relinquish control of the game.
The second half was highlighted by the Packers dominance over a rattled Jay Cutler and his weak offensive line. While the Packers are known for their aggressive offense, it was their defense that forced Cutler to throw for four interceptions. Green Bays forceful pass rush left Cutler sacked seven times, including three and a half by Clay Matthews alone. Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears will look to bounce back next week when they host the St. Louis Rams.
It’s safe to say that Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Green Bay Packers cleared the air of any doubt that surrounded the team. Rodgers threw for over 200 yards with one touchdown. With the Seattle Seahawks next on their list, the Green Bay Packers have high hopes that the defensive dominance they displayed against the Bears will continue throughout the season.