Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers jumped out to an early lead over the Chicago Bears in their first meeting of the year, and though the Bears made thing interesting in parts, they fell to the Packers 27-17 in Chicago on Sunday.
Rodgers connected with Jermichael Finley three times for touchdowns, taking advantage of Chicago's hobbled secondary. Both Chris Harris and Major Wright were inactive this week due to injuries, allowing the Packers to pick apart the Bears defense with short first downs. Though the Bears are the first team this season to sack Aaron Rodgers, their pressure was not enough.
The offense had flashes of brilliance, but they could not sustain any drives. Cutler hit both Kellen Davis and Dane Sanzenbacher for TDs, but they fell apart too easily. Knox had a drop, and Cutler threw two interceptions. Both passes that were picked off were intended for Roy Williams. Cutler was sacked three times. The running game was non-existent, but considering the Packers ability to stop the run, that is no surprise.
Penalties were a huge part of the game. Yellow flags were thrown 17 times. The Bears gave up 70 yards to penalties, including an odd call on Corey Graham late in the game. The Bears ran a deceptive play on a punt return, faking that Devin Hester was going to return it. Instead, Knox returned the ball for a touchdown because all of the Packers focused on Hester. The TD was erased for a Graham holding call, though Fox cameras had a hard time identifying the hold.
With injuries still affecting the team, the Bears have plenty to improve upon before welcoming the Panthers next Sunday.