Packers 10, Bears 3

Everyone else: zero.

Jim Rome
September 06, 2019 - 9:36 am
Aaron Rodgers

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Packers 10, Bears 3, everyone else: zero.

That sucked. I hate to say it, but it did. And you know the deal – saying something sucks is not a take, but that game last night, that was not good.  It sucked.

We all didn’t wait seven months for a punt, pass, and kick competition without the passes or kicks. That was just a punt, punt, and punt competition.

You thought you turned on that game to see Aaron Rodgers and Mitchell Trubisky? Nope. That was JK Scott v. Pat O’Donnell.

Now, credit where it’s due – those dudes can punt. Pat O’Donnell was letting it rip for the Bears, 8 punts for 341 yards, an average of 42.6 yards, with 3 inside the 20, and a long of 53. Are you kidding me? Any other night, he’s getting the coveted Jim Rome Punter of the Night Award, but not last night.

Because shout-out to J.K. Scott. That 6 foot 6 giant put on a punting clinic. Did you see his hamstring flexibility and hip mobility? Because I know you saw his nine punts for 428 yards, with an average of 47.6 per kick, including a long of 63 and those five dimes that he dropped inside the 20.

You do that, JK Scott, and I’m going full government on you: John Kimball Scott.  And that has to be a jungle first.  Full government for a punter. 

I haven’t seen a Kimball go that nuts on Chicago like that since Harrison Ford was screaming about the falsified medical research in The Fugitive.

And truth be told, for most of that game, I would’ve rather been watching Harrison Ford in an early 90s film. Or Harrison Ford piloting a plane.

Because that game was ugly. That didn’t look like a season opening game between two Super Bowl contenders that looked like a game between two teams that had never played football before.

Now…In fairness, a lot of that had to do with the defenses. We knew about the Bears defense. Everyone knew how good they were last year and in the first quarter, they picked up right where they left off last year. They were swarming Aaron Rodgers and Khalil Mack looked unblockable again.

The question about Chicago’s defense had been, how much they would miss Vic Fangio. And if Jerry Jones was involved, he would’ve been saying, Vic who? Jerrah would be like… That bears defense just circumcised a mosquito! 

Chicago’s defense was a known fact. The Packers defense, now… that was a question mark.

Sure…They upgraded it big time on paper… and threw some crazy jack at it… but you never know until you’re on the field. And now, after sixty minutes of watching them play, we know.  Most of all, Aaron Rodgers knows; and couldn’t wait to let everyone know about it right after the game:  

And in case you missed it, he reminded you at the end of the interview: “I’ll say it again, we’ve got a defense.”

And then he met with the media afterwards: “What we did on defense, I think we showed the league and folks watching that we’re not just an offensive football team anymore. We’ve got a defense.”

And there’s more: “Yeah that was fun to watch. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a performance like that. Lot of credit to Mike Pettine and his staff. But to those players, I mean, just an incredible effort.”

You think he’s hyped on Pettine and that crew? Did you see the shove that he gave Pettine when the game was over? There was a lot of excitement and energy in that shove. And there should be.  And on that point, let me address you dopes who think that all that love Rodgers was giving to Pettine was actually nothing more than a passive, aggressive dig on LaFleur.  It’s an absolutely moronic take.   A garbage take.

Rodgers wasn’t hyping Pettine to crack LaFleur; he was hyping Pettine because the defense just won them a critical, divisional matchup, on the road, when the offense couldn’t do jack. And Rodgers knows it. Rogers was hyping Pettine because he knows this has the potential to be one of the best defenses he’s had since he’s been there: he’s hyping Petting, because he knows when the offense catches up to the defense, that’s a super bowl caliber team right there.  That’s why he’s hyping Pettine; not because he’s taking a not so veiled shot at La Fleur  

Again, when was the last time Rodgers and the Packers had a defense like this??  A defense that wreaks havoc and causes this many problems for an opponent who won 12 games and the division last year. Because they turned Mitchell Trubisky inside out.  And more on Trubisky later on, because this dude is getting worse, not better.  Trubisky and the Bears offense get their own take: this one is focused on the packers’ defense:

A defense that held Chicago to three points. They had five sacks. They forced eight punts. Rookie Darnell Savage lived up to his name. The Smiths, Za’Darius and Preston, were everywhere, combining for nine quarterback pressures and 2 ½ sacks. And they had this monster play from former Bear Adrian Amos.

If it looked like Amos knew that play was coming, he did. As Tramon Williams told Stacey Dales after the game, they knew that was going to happen.

It’s just one game, but in that one game, that defense looked dominant. Yes, Green Bay’s offense is still a work in progress.  But it would appear that after just one game, we all wasted a helluva time speculating on the relationship between Rodgers and LaFleur.  Because those two look just fine. 

Even though the offense struggled last night, I didn’t see either one of them freaking out on the other when things didn’t work.

It’s hard to get a read on it in one game against an elite defense like Chicago’s, but it says here that they will find their rhythm. And when they do, this team is going to be good. Because, wait for it, the Packers have a defense. A damn good one. And once the offense catches up, and it will, we’ll be talking about them being on the short list of teams that have a legitimate chance to win it all.

And Bears fans…. I feel ya…. And I want to make it clear again, it was one game but Mitchell Trubisky looks more Blake Bortles than even Jay Cutler at this point. Poor Allen Robinson… He thought he left subpar qb play when he left Jacksonville.