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Gut Reactions: Packers 24 Bears 23

  • Aaron Rodgers is the fucking man. 
  • Mike Pettine called a three man rush on one of the game's biggest plays and I wanted to die. 
  • Every single Packers fan who wanted Cobb cut or traded needs to hand in their Cheesehead. 
  • The defense was hard to watch early, but a lot of that was Nagy emptying the playbook, Once Pettine and crew settled down, they were fine. 
  • Kizer was hard to watch. 
  • Twitter was useless during the first half. Lotta haters out there. 
  • Khalil Mack owned the first half and disappeared in the second half. 
  • Reggie Gilbert quietly had a very solid game. 
  • Clay Matthews' roughing penalty is one of the dumbest things I've ever seen on a football field. 
  • Kenny Clark is a star in the making. 
  • Mike McCarthy had his ass handed to him by Matt Nagy on national TV before Aaron Rodgers saved him. 
  • "Oh, I'm playing next week." Aaron Rodgers
  • Pretty clear the "new offensive playbook" is just the old offensive playbook with new protection nomenclature.
  • I drank way too much during this game. 
  • Did anyone notice how good Geronimo Allison was during this game?
  • The upgrade in the secondary really showed up tonight, especially in the second half. 
  • I can't express how great it was to watch this game as a fan. 
  • I love this team. 
  • Go Pack. 

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Jonathan Spader's picture

Even though Williams didn't do much in the run game I really liked his ability to pass protect. I was disappointed that I didn't see Lewis helping Bulaga to neutralize Mack.

4thand10's picture

I was utterly shocked not to see a lot of Lewis blocking...especially given the play of the Oline . I was logged in to chat as Deepfriedcheese and mentioned as much. I’m still mildly disappointed to see a 3-4 defense. Although it was nice to see 3 DL on the LoS for inside pressure. I think the secondary is going to settle down and be really good. Brice played really well in particular. Alexander played well.

I was expecting more Mercedes and Jimmy G though. I was down until Rodgers came back and it was electric from that point on. The timing got quicker and neutralized Mack in the second half. My beef is with coaching...Why wasn’t there quick timing earlier??

Spock's picture

"Why wasn’t there quick timing earlier??" Exactly. I stated prior to the game that was what was needed (To be fair, so did many, many, others). If the quick rhythm was in to begin with and Lewis was helping Bulaga, Rodgers would have never been injured. Why???????? Aaron Rodgers legacy just grew by even more (not that it needed to) leaps and bounds. I'm so glad I've lived long enough to see both Favre and Rodgers play QB for the Packers. Tonight was an honor to watch how a athlete as a warrior responds to adversity. Simply amazing. I'm awe struck at what Rodgers can do. -and I'd like to point out I was one of those defending keeping Cobb, lol. :) -

Malland56's picture

Bulaga sucked for almost the whole game. He was horrible!!! Clay the no show again and THEN the big F up hitting the QB late. An I mean LATE that should have been the game. Dumb ass. Should be benched anyway. Gilbert played a damn good game when he was in there. That O line has to play the whole game not part of it. There was no run blocking and Rodgers was running again for his life. And MM's play calling even had Rodgers shaking his head up till he was hurt.

Cheesehead dallas's picture

Agree why does he refuse to run the ball.We were very lucky last night if bozo does not fix the pass pertection and run the dam ball Rodgers will soon be out for the season FIRE BOZO

Coldworld's picture

He sucked in the first half, not in the second. Expected him to be a bit rusty, but we simply played to the Bears strengths till half time.

mnklitzke's picture

I have been yelling at the top of the mountains the last few years that MM is a horrible play caller and Rodgers saves his a$$ all the time. With this team we should run hurry up offense all the time like Payton with the Colts. Stop with this long developing plays that get Rodgers hurt...

Oppy's picture

The lack of getting the ball out on time has nothing to do with play calling changes. Rodgers controls the ball. He must get it out on time.

The TKstinator's picture

Mr. Nagler should really watch the salty lingo.
Twitter is 99% useless 100% of the time.

marpag1's picture

I thought it was 100% useless 99% of the time? In the long run, that’s worse.

Norm's picture

Nah, the math works out the same either way.

The TKstinator's picture

My sabermetrics might be a bit lacking.

Skip greenBayless's picture

I agree. You had to really feel for Bryan Bulaga. The guy is coming back from major knee surgery and in his first game he has to block one of best pass rushers in the NFL. Man he went thru hell tonight but at least we won the war. Can't believe it. What a comeback!!

packersrule's picture

You could see him get better as the game went on. Bryan did much better in the 2nd half. He didn't play much in the pre-season.

Minniman's picture

Why MM - Oh why!

That was just a disaster waiting to happen.

GBPDAN1's picture

Why does it feel like that was the greatest game in NFL history right now?

Bure9620's picture

Yes Jamal Williams showed why he is the lead back, he was great in pass pro, especially in the second half. Picked up the rusher the TD pass to Allison, huge play

BigCheese2's picture

Jamaal Williams is solid in run blocking and a solid bruiser-- if you need 1 yard. BUT he has really really poor vision. He spends 50% of his carries running into the back of his own lineman. Cannot wait for Aaron Jones to rejoin. His vision is second to none in the NFL.

The TKstinator's picture

Maybe they should remove that particular lineman.

Somedumbname's picture

Wow!

dobber's picture

Randall Cobb owes Geronimo a beer: if G-Mo hadn't cleared the safety with him on that crosser behind Cobb, #18 never gets anywhere near the endzone.

Thanks to the coaches for getting protections figured out in the second half and calling more quick throws to take the heat off #12.

Crazy game to watch. Lowest low to highest highs.

Hey Bears: you were just spotted 17 points and 30 minutes by a team with a 1-legged QB and still got beat.

PackerAaron's picture

Yes, that's offensive play design. Why do some Packers fans have an intense desire to minimize Cobb's contributions?

ShanghaiKid's picture

I have no idea, I feel I’m in the minority if Pack fans when defending Cobb.

splitpea1's picture

Cobb has made a lot of big catches for us throughout the years--especially on third down.

Coldworld's picture

It was refreshing to see Cobb finding some open spaces last night. We haven’t seen that for a few seasons. I’m not yet on board with the idea that this is the same offense. To me, we went in conservatively in the first half. In the second half we began to open space consistently.

TheBigCheeze's picture

...or 4th down.

stockholder's picture

I loved Cobb tonight. MM Must Keep him returning punts! Allison did great!

Spock's picture

Monty on kick returns, Cobb on punt returns. If I was Trevor Davis I'd plan on packing my bags long before Aaron Jones comes back in week three.

Tundraboy's picture

Because perhaps Darwin was wrong?

Spock's picture

Cobb owes Ty two beers then, because his blocking by the end zone was fantastic on that play!

Spock's picture

deleted. The dreaded double entry. :(

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Is it 4 beers now? I want him to get 4 :)

HankScorpio's picture

"Randall Cobb owes Geronimo a beer: if G-Mo hadn't cleared the safety with him on that crosser behind Cobb, #18 never gets anywhere near the endzone."

And Monty for hustling downfield all the way with him. Monty didn't get a real good block on either of the two defenders that had legit shots at tacking him short of the end zone. But he did enough to allow Cobb to dance his way past both.

marpag1's picture

Nope. No beers given for simply doing your job.

HankScorpio's picture

It's Wisconsin. You get to drink for doing your job. You have to drink if you don't.

GVPacker's picture

Anybody have an update on A Rod's knee injury?

RobinsonDavis's picture

Anybody wanting to get rid of Cobb and Allison needs to swallow now! Vindication over all the haters, the ones that gave up in the 1st quarter, etc.

This does not state that all is good, only that objective one is successful, and we move forward. Enjoy it people!!!

Sir Cheese 82's picture

Cobb also had multiple clutch plays in this game, not just the amazing 75 yard TD where he broke 3 tackles to get it the endzone. The guy is crucial to this offense.

4thand10's picture

Is was impressed with Allison, What a pleasant surprise. He came in some games last year , but I didn’t know he would be legit. He’s turning into a very good WR. Cobb...wow, makes me wonder why they had him getting abused in the backfield all this time.

dobber's picture

He did what many here (including me) said he couldn't do: he got behind a good CB deep. I am happy to admit I was wrong.

stockholder's picture

I have to eat crow on Allison. Hopefully he can keep it going.

marpag1's picture

Take your time, buddy. You’re probably still chowing on plenty of crow for insisting that Davante Adams is a dirty diaper waiting to happen.

stockholder's picture

That was a long time ago. (Terrific memory.) Adams improved! Route's are better with faster cuts. Confidence is High. ( Let's just say A-Rod is a great QB. ) And Adams was the beneficiary.

A Pickled Packer's picture

I am not eating crow, in fact I posted it a few times that Geronimo Allison has great hands and is going to the next level this year. I don't know what you guys are looking at sometimes, the dude just catches footballs, under pressure and with defenders all over him. Since your eating crow Stock, I'd like to hand a can of Alpo to our fellow fan ALP for carrying on about cutting G'MO and keeping the rookies. None of those rookies would have made that play. In fact, I bet that TD catch was the play we heard about in camp where Rodgers threw the ball to the corner of the end zone without looking. This touchdown was very similar. Those two really do have a connection.

stockholder's picture

He does have great hands. So did others that are slow and now released. The series thrown to Allison was perfect. Allison needs to stop pushing off to gain that step. They didn't call it last night, especially on that great TD catch. Let's say he's making the most of his opportunities. And A-Rod has made him better like Adams. Still you don't draft 3 Wrs if your doubts are put to rest. Let's get those rookies in there where the packers don't have to worry about regression.

A Pickled Packer's picture

sorry, DP

Spock's picture

dobber, You owe me a cookie, lol.

dobber's picture

Where's "Farts after wins"?

Oppy's picture

Someone needs to *poot* in his stead.

marpag1's picture

I’ve been doing it all along. I just don’t advertise my skills as much as he did.

David Slaymaker's picture

Good observation on Allison, he was razor sharp out there

Otto's picture

Wow. Just wow.

LayingTheLawe's picture

I know there are problems. The offensive line had some issues, the running game was poor, the pass rush was poor, the first half game plan... hmm I don't think there was a first half game plan.

But who cares right now. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO PACKERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!! Enjoy the ride home B$*rs.

dobber's picture

That first half OL looked an awful lot like the scrub lines we saw in the preseason, but it started to work things out in the second half. They'll see a better, faster defense next week.

4thand10's picture

I don’t think so, that Chicago D is legit.

4thand10's picture

Rodgers is 1000 times better than Gorapppppppppalo

dobber's picture

I think Minnesota is better at LB and in the secondary.

LayingTheLawe's picture

Down by 17 in the 4th quarter and win! Someone will have to tell me when that last happened. Whew!

croatpackfan's picture

I hope that it become obvious I was right 2-3 years ago, when I said that preseason games should be used to gel offense if you want to start fast. Packers wasted 40 minutes of game on gelling the offense.

Do not forget that Jimmy Graham had 3 targets and 2 catches for just 8 yards. And he was mention to be our main weapon!

To lose one of your starters in preseason game looks terrible, but there is no much different if you lose your starter in the first half of the 1st season game...

I pray Aaron injury is not serious nor he will need to carry that injury through the season.

Idiot Fan's picture

I will say this, the Bears D impressed me with their hitting and tackling. It seemed in stark contrast to ours (though I can already see that our D is better than in previous years and is likely pointing up).

Also, I've been a defender of Clay, but he looked old in this game, and capped it off with sheer idiocy. No me gusta.

LayingTheLawe's picture

The Packers D gave up under 300 yards and 16 points. Its a start.

Idiot Fan's picture

And they closed out the game. That's a notable step right there.

The TKstinator's picture

I wonder if GB’s 52 is jealous of Chi’s 52.

dobber's picture

Probably not tonight... ;)

dblbogey's picture

Clay is pretty much just an average player now. It's not the first time he's done the exact same late hit move. It's inexcusable. I think if they weren't so desperately thin at OLB, they would have cut him to save salary cap money. Also, the defense was hampered with Burks and Josh Jones out. They really had no ILB available beyond Martinez. That limited what Pettine could do. Great win, proud of Allison, Cobb, Arod, and the OL stepped it up in the 2nd half. Young DB's are a huge improvement. Lack of a dominant pass rusher remains a problem.

Cubbygold's picture

Average would be an improvement on what clay brings to the table

Demon's picture

What is it everyone sees in josh jones? His measureables are through the roof but, his mental make up if graded would be a D-.
The man has had 1 good game in his career then cant get back on the field. Despite this, some of you think the D is going to be better with him on the field. He got beat for the starting job by Kentrel Brice who will never be mistaken for Ronnie Lott

Its beginning to look like Jones is the defenses new Jeff Janis. Million dollar potential, but dollar store production.

HankScorpio's picture

"What is it everyone sees in josh jones? His measureables are through the roof but, his mental make up if graded would be a D"

The same thing you see: His measurables are through the roof. That kind of thing buys 2nd year guys the benefit of the doubt. His performance last year vs Cincy was an example of those measurables adding up to a real impact on the field. Maybe that will be the high point of his Packer career. But maybe he just needs some more time to perform like that on a more consistent basis.

Coldworld's picture

Should note that our inside linebacker corps was pretty depleted/new to the team. I will hold judgment on them. Largely 1ILB all the second half

The TKstinator's picture

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—-El TKstiñador

DragonSilk's picture

The Bears just got A-Rodded!

johngalt's picture

Rodgers IS the man.
That play was bush league by Clay
Mack is also the man
Bears still suck

cpitt's picture

Allison was great. Defense played great after the slow start. Definitely encouraging. This will prob go down as the greatest arodge comeback. That throw to Allison was what dreams are made of.

Idiot Fan's picture

Mack is really, really good. But a couple of those plays, including the TD, we made awfully easy for him.

RobinsonDavis's picture

I agree....

dobber's picture

A lot of guys make long careers of finishing on easy plays...

Skip greenBayless's picture

Agree. Clay Matthews should be tarred and feathered. He never came close to getting to the qb so on the final 4th down he decides to reach out and touch Trubisky just because. That's a rookie move. He should know better. He owes a case of beer to Nick Perry for saving his ass.

Tundraboy's picture

After all these years two things are totally clear to me. Cobb is a winner,and gets it, and Matthews doesn't. True team player, and the other I don't know what.

DragonSilk's picture

Mathews gets it, he just loses control now and then. Really bad timing last night, but you have to take the bad with the good sometimes. His good far outweighs his bad.

Duneslick's picture

I didn't see any good De he even make a tackle or get 1 hurry last night

CJ Bauckham's picture

Incredible game. Loved seeing Mike P's D force two 4 and outs on his first chance to get us a win

Sir Cheese 82's picture

Top 10 Aaron Rodgers moment right there.

Wenis's picture

That first half was a complete and utter embarrassment to the game of football. They looked totally unprepared and McCarthy showed he was as inept as ever.

Somehow they still pulled out the win.

Idiot Fan's picture

I was a little afraid coming into the game that it would be tough to gameplan against a team with a new coach that didn't show much in the preseason, and for 30 minutes it looked like the D just didn't know what to expect. They caught on pretty well though before too long.

As far as the O goes, it's a rite of passage that happens every season where we start out with plays that take too long to develop and there's lots of sacks and no running game. Then at some point MM/AR wake up and start calling quicker-hitting plays. Some seasons it takes several games to get to that point. Thankfully it just took one half this time.

dobber's picture

Once the Bears gave up on all the gimmicky stuff, they were pretty pedestrian offensively. Whether it's because the Packers D played better or that they're just not all that dynamic without the odd formations and such, it's hard to say.

The TKstinator's picture

Cannot rely on trickery for success.
This is why complaints about “playcalling” drive me schizo.
Give me execution over “surprises” and I’ll take my chances, thank you very much.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

"Thankfully it just took one half this time."

They have a history of reverting though. Every time I hope they've finally learned and then...

Tundraboy's picture

But why ? If last night wasn't a perfect example of having it almost blow up entirely in your face I don't know what is.
Historic game , everything to your advantage and they refuse to adjust to the game at hand digging yet another hole for Rodgers to pull us out of.

Oppy's picture

The plays being called aren't long developing plays that get eschewed for quick-hitting plays later on.

Rodgers doesn't take what's given to him, decides to hang on to the ball looking for bigger and more.

He also considers WR's "covered" that would be considered "open" by the majority of NFL QB's because of his over-bearing fear of throwing a pick. Not entirely a bad thing if it's a measured, but I do think Rodgers' takes it to a level that actually leaves yards on the field.

As always.. Still the best QB in the league.. but he is not without faults or above criticism..Take the good with the bad and still a legendary, Amazing performance today,

SJ EC's picture

Boy, what a game! That sort of a game is the stuff that movies are made of... Wow!!

Nick Perry's picture

I know exactly the play Aaron is talking about. I thought I was looking at Capers D on that play. I could not BELIVE they rushed 3!!! UGH!

The Packers STILL need a backup QB...

What a great game by the GOAT...A game I'll never forget!!

BUT...One of the REAL bright spots was going over to the Windy City Morons site and reading the 2nd half thread. .....PRICELESS..

Excellent 2nd half by the D and Offense.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Well most of the plays Matthews was on the field it was as if they where rushing 3, except with less coverage.

LayingTheLawe's picture

A performance like that by a backup QB is the sort of thing that makes you search for whos out there available.

dblbogey's picture

Kizer certainly has a knack for turning the ball over. Good arm but not consistently accurate.

Coldworld's picture

No practice, pressure from everywhere! Just be thankful he absorbed some of it until MM figured out how to change their approach in the second half.

Tundraboy's picture

"BUT...One of the REAL bright spots was going over to the Windy City Morons site and reading the 2nd half thread. .....PRICELESS..'

Impressive NP! That's hard core. Btw , how did you manage the time to be there? it was hard enough for me to watch the game and be here on CH TV. What a roller coaster that was. Great great victory.

Nick Perry's picture

Hey TB.... I went on right after the game searching for some of those knuckleheads who were talking crazy on APC. I didn't resort to their low-life tactics but I did ask several what the hell happened??

TommyG's picture

The bears defense was good and then it was wasn't.
The packers offense was awful and then it wasn't.
Thank goodness football is back.

RobinsonDavis's picture

Do I hear Dennis Green yelling in the microphone...."The Bears are who we thought they were!!"

LayingTheLawe's picture

And Aaron Rodgers plays to win the game!

Norm's picture

Playoffs? You want to talk Playoffs!? Playoffs?

jh9's picture

The only reason Mike McCarthy still has a job in the NFL is Aaron Rodgers.

Yukon_1449's picture

Preach

Green Bay Shareholder's picture

Been saying that for close to a decade. What is his record without Rodgers ? Probably worse than Dan Devine.

RobinsonDavis's picture

But, don't forget McCarthy had a part in nurturing, and the idea to proceed with Rodgers to begin with (Favre trade), so some credit has to come his way. I did feel that game-plan wise, McCarthy was out-coached in the first half. But whether it was Rodger's injury or the score, we finally saw a team and staff having a sense of urgency in the 2nd half.

jh9's picture

Also remember that when Mike McCarthy was coaching the 49ers, he wanted them to draft Alex Smith instead of Aaron Rodgers.

packerfan9507's picture

Ha ha. Joke's on you. I don't have a cheesehead.

Aaron's leg looks to be in 2014 mode so you know, I'm not very optimistic about the season, but I appreciate the victory and the catharsis of this win. I'll take it.

dobber's picture

He was awfully good on one leg in 2014.

If anything, it forces him to get rid of the football and not dance around.

packerfan9507's picture

For a time. They lost the Seattle game because the offense couldn't do anything. The rest would've been forgotten or never would've happened.

Nick Perry's picture

They lost to Seattle for a lot of reasons...Rodgers wasn't one of them IIRC.

Jocelyn Hopkinson's picture

Good to have you back Nagler

jeremyjjbrown's picture

We got the see the difference between the Rodger who holds the football and the Rodgers who throws on time. It's a huge difference.

Folks who said Mack wasn't worth it 2 1s plus money and Cobb should be cut have a lot of crow to chew.

Gilbert needs to start over Matthews from here out. Even without the idiot penalty Matthews did Jack Shit all game. He's done.

Monty had some nice blocks on Cobbs run.

It's going to be so fun sporting a Packers shirt on the Amtrak to Chicago tomorrow.

LayingTheLawe's picture

It took more than 2 ones to get Mack but we will never know what the Packers offered. But I don't think telling Rodgers we are going to hold off on your contract extension until next year because we are going to sign Mack was going to work out so well. Actually Mack's cap hit on Chicago is 14 mil so the Packers never had that to spare anyway.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Macks 2018 number didn't have to be 14 mill, it just worked out htat way in Chi. Anyways, 5 million could have been applied from just cutting Matthews. It would have the additional benefit of No Clay Matthews on the field.

Tundraboy's picture

Love additional benefits. Clay has become the face of stupidity.

2000man's picture

I wanted to punch Matthews in the face after that roughing penalty!!! And if he’s supposed to be good, why is he on the sideline so much?

The TKstinator's picture

I wonder if he was yanked because of the late hit.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

I wonder less about that and more about how he got back on the field.

Since '61's picture

First, I rest my case for Aaron Rodgers as the GOAT!
Those who wanted Cobb gone, um, NO. Wrong, just wrong.
Kizer played about 1 quarter and cost us 14 points. First by giving Mack the ball in the Bears redzone and then by throwing him a pick so he could score an easy TD.
The one play CM3 made was one of the dumbest penalties ever and he could have cost us the game. Equally amazing was that he was bailed out by Perry of all people.
I must ask where was Mercedes Lewis?
I thought our defense played solidly after the first quarter. They gave Rodgers the chance to pull off his miracle on one leg. A nail biter but a great start to the season. If Rodgers doesn't get hurt we probably win this game about 31 maybe 34 to 13.
Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since '61

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Rodgers was playing poorly before he got hurt. After he came back he started throwing the ball on time. Maybe he would have adjusted if he didn't get hurt, but if he hadn't changed they would have lost.

Oppy's picture

We've seen in the past when Aaron Rodgers doesn't execute the offense as it is intended and the offense can stall as a result.

When he doesn't have the mobility to roll out of the pocket to look for something bigger and better than what the offense is designed to yield and what the defense is naturally giving him, he tends to actually go through his reads and get the ball out to the open receiver on time... and the offense tends to move it down the field.

Just my opinion. A very unpopular one.. but I think while Rodgers' ability to create outside of the pocket when he holds the ball for over 4 seconds is a nice attribute to have (as the commentators fawned about during the telecast), it would be even more desirable if Rodgers only resorted to it when necessary as opposed to ignoring what is available by design because he wants to freestyle and get more, more, more.

dobber's picture

Mack made a great play on that TD, though. Sniffed out the screen, backed off his block, reacted well enough to pick off the pass. Most DL never get close to that.

Oppy's picture

I agree with Mack's instincts there.. But it should be noted no NFL-ready QB should make a horrible, panicked throw like that which makes the pick possible in the first place.

When the intended receiver is only 7 yards away and you miss the throw by 3 yards.. that's not good, lol.

dobber's picture

It was blown up and he made the play even worse out of desperation.

Duneslick's picture

Where was Jimmy Graham

fthisJack's picture

i think the biggest problem in the first half was that the starters on both O and D never really played any in the preseason and it really showed. they got into a groove in the second half and started clicking.

Jonnyb's picture

One fucking leg. A-Rod had the team on his back doe

Jocelyn Hopkinson's picture

Matthews sucked all game and that penalty was the cherry on top. But how about the fact the defense made two stops when it had to on the last drive (Matthews not withstanding)??? That's promising as hell, I don't care who the opponent is.

Oppy's picture

^^this^^

Cubbygold's picture

This is a game we'll never forget, what a roller coaster

stevehj's picture

My son's friend who is a diehard Bears fan had this to say after the game: "I want the Bears to be my pallbearers at my funeral so they can let me down one last time." How can you pile on after that?

Aaron Rodgers is so fun to watch. We are so lucky to be Packer fans.

Go Pack Go

jeremyjjbrown's picture

"How can you pile on after that? "

Have some Packers fans throw the dirt in the grave?

JoeHeinrichs's picture

Pretty nice to see our two rookie corners make plays at the end of the 4th. Neither had a pick but both had good coverage in big moments. Also, we can't rely on Curt to make these same mistakes next week as I doubt he makes as many errant passes as we saw tonight. And yes I spelled his name like that on purpose.

RobinsonDavis's picture

Glad somebody pointed this out. Thanks, Joe!

Rak47's picture

"Kirk" Cousins

Packerjeff's picture

Clay looks lost out there
Time to go..
Rogers completely amazing
Great adjustments in the second half
Mac Carthry luckiest Coach in the NFL
GO PACK GO

Chris Peterson's picture

Randall Cobb was dynamite. Aaron Rodgers is unbelievable.

tm_inter's picture

'Twas a game of two completely different halves!

fthisJack's picture

i also think that they can get rid of Davis who's hurt again and stick with Cobb as punt returner. just a wasted roster spot.....and please sign Eric Reid...HaHa sucks.

LayingTheLawe's picture

Ha Ha had that one big stop. But otherwise he did seem lost out there. Brice was present some at least.

Spock's picture

LayingTheLawe, I have to disagree. I saw (and was pleasantly surprised!) Ha Ha make several nice plays and tackles. I'll have to re-watch the game (won't we all, :) ) but that's my take on his night.

LayingTheLawe's picture

He did have the one big stop. The one that perhaps I am reacting to is the play on 2nd and long when Howard cut back and Ha Ha went sailing way too far inside and let him cut back almost for a first down that could have ended the game. They stopped em on 3rd and 1 and made them take a field goal, but that play almost ended it. I don't recall any other impact type plays just making good solid tackles 10 yards downfield which is what a safety is there for. He looked better than in the preseason I will give you that.

dobber's picture

Box score says HHCD made 7 tackles tonight...I only can think of 2.

Also says the Packers got 4 sacks. Stats inflated by scrambling QBs...

Idiot Fan's picture

And fumbled snaps.

D.D. Driver's picture

Mack was awesome. But this Bears team tonight is probably as good as it will ever be for the next half a decade, and its still not good enough.

Bearmeat's picture

Man. That was fun. Too bad Kizer spotted the Bears 10 points. We owned the 2nd half. Hope Aaron is ok.

GPG and DUH BARES STILL SUCK!!!

Oppy's picture

What a crazy game. Went from "Season over before it began" to "Could vulcanize the entire campaign into a wildly successful one" in the blink of an eye.

Quick observations; Adams, Cobb, Allison- TD, TD, TD..all three suffer unjustifiable scrutiny by those who follow narrative instead of looking at what actually happens on the field.

I never felt Mack "took over" the game at any point. He was a presence without question, but he never was too much.. Kizer sure did his best to give Khalil the game, though- and not just on the dumpster-fire gimme pick-six, either. It was like he was running into Mack's arms.

Clay Matthews was putting garbage out on the field during this game long before the roughing the passer call. We're going to be in trouble if this is how CMIII plays this season. trailing off on pursuit before the whistle, getting himself out of plays with hesitation in the backfield.. just an ugly game for CMIII. Gilbert should start stealing some snaps from CMIII next week.

Defense.. looked like pre-season. Ugly from the start, hard time stopping the run, but eventually found their groove and started playing much better. Hope this is simply the D finding their identity. They showed some moxy down the stretch.

Mixed blessing with Rodgers' injury: he now has to stay in the pocket and execute the offense decisively. This won't be the first time we've seen a hobbled Rodgers forced into going through his reads from the pocket and having to get the ball out on time.. And it improved his play the last time this happened, too.

What a game. Go Pack.

Bearmeat's picture

Great game. Agreed on all points.

And CM3 is bad at the game of football now. He should be an ILB and Gilbert should be starting.

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

Oppy, Well, I'm still here. I'm Happy to say I agree with everything you say here. I hope you'll agree with me, when I say, "I'm glad you & a few others are finally picking up on Clay Mathews. I've been saying it for the last 3 years, & getting Smack!!" for it. Someone said he made a tackle last night. I didn't see it. The only one I saw was 5 seconds late on the QB. He is, & has been a Horrendous Waste of money, as Bad as A.J. Hawk.

No question, it was a Great Game, with an unbelievable finish. Other than Mathews, I only have one other minor complaint. While one of your favorites, Tyrone Williams must have played a Good Game, maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think he made 1 tackle all night. I'm surprised Chicago didn't throw more in his direction. At times it looked as though he was all alone on his side of the field. Never the Less, he had a good game.

It was a Great 1st game, but in my opinion, GB lacks Badly in 2 areas:

#1 GB needs an established Back-up QB. I don't know if anyone is out there, but if someone is, GB should pull the plug RIGHT NOW!!, & make some kind of deal to get him. Enough of this, Trying to bring a New QB along. This guy won't be any better 5 years from now.

#2 Just my opinion, but I would say the same thing about the Wide Receivers. As Good as Cobb & the others played last night (At Times), Rodgers needs a Game Changer. AR is throwing to maybe an above Average Receiving Core. GB needs to get Someone Special.

In conclusion: I think it's going to be a Stretch to keep AR healthy all year. He's hurt right now, & right or wrong he's a target. Basically, he's all we have on offense right now. Go out & get him some Quality Help, & get someone who is capable of backing him up. I don't care how many draft picks it costs us!!
LVT

Oppy's picture

The packers made the knowing decision to enter 2018 Without an acceptable back up the second the dealt Hundley . There’s no use in spending anything on bringing in a different QB at this point, unless it’s joe Callahan or Matt flynn- there’s no time to waste teaching a back up QB the offense now that the regular season is under way. The packers are stuck with what they have this season IMO. Their success will go as Rodgers health goes.

Other than that.. AJ hawk was a good LB who did everything the packers asked of him without complaint.

RCPackerFan's picture

First thing. Fingers crossed Rodgers is healthy enough to play the rest of the year!

What a game though!

If Rodgers can play, I do wonder if the limited mobility will help him. Like 2014 it forces him to get rid of the ball on time more and get the ball out.

The defense played really well after the first drive.

The secondary played really well! The Rookies are gonna be very good!

What a game though! Man. I’m going to love this moment as long as I can because I have no idea what is in store for next week. Hopefully this week we get good news.

Gman1976's picture

I don’t know how many runs up the middle on first down were called, but the coaching staff must be a little more creative. AR saved the day despite the poor play calling in the first half. We need to play win all four quarters.

ottscay's picture

This game simply wasn't believable, when it was terrible or when it was fantastic. I doubt I'll sleep tonight. Go Pack go!

Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

Sometimes it pays off to be an optimist. Keeping the faith all game long and then being rewarded in the end is a blast. Jumping off the ship after the worst half of football I've ever seen seems normal for a lot on the blog, but it's just not as much fun as being a relentless, unrealistic homer.,

Oppy's picture

I won't pretend the words "welp, there goes the entire season" didn't roll off my tongue, but as a Packers fan, I stick in there and watch the game, figuring I can watch the development of the run game, and look for signs of life from the defense. Correct or not, I know in my heart that Kizer is an endless trail of Packers Fans' tears and that Boyle is a project not anywhere near ready to play.

None the less, I watch, because I am a Packers fan. And while I wasn't optimistic, I was rewarded with an amazing story unfolding before my eyes none the less.

Rebecca's picture

Nonetheless, I'm proud of you watching, nonetheless you watched as a fan watching nonetheless.

Oppy's picture

This is why everyone who writes for a hobby or professionally should utilize the editorial process

oldhall's picture

Clay's overall play reminded me of AJ Hawk today. I don't remember Hawk committing penalties like that though

Oppy's picture

Hawk never gave less than 100% on the field.
There was no reasonable comparison between the garbage that CMIII put on the field today and any performance AJ Hawk ever put on film during his entire career.

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

Surely you Jest??
LVT

Oppy's picture

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Razer's picture

More like Eric Walden - king of the stupid penalty. We also had a Dlineman who found a way to get bad penalties at critical times - can't remember the name.

Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

And, as I said on the blog, welcome to the Kizer era. The Pack wins when he sees his first action.

GVPacker's picture

Bonehead Of The Game Award! Clay Matthews should be mowing Nick Perry's lawn for the foreseeable future!

Spock's picture

Dammit, I wanted to see quick rhythm passes out of the gate. I'm probably one of the least knowledgeable "football minds" people on this site and even I knew that was how to play the game. It sucks that Aaron had to once again get injured to go back to what works. I'm disappointed in Philbin. -and where the (heck) was Mercedes Lewis (blocking, not the nice catch he made). We get the best blocking TE in the NFL and then don't use him? What the .....?

Razer's picture

I too wanted to see some quick tempo stuff early but MM is still stuck in his vertical game ways. Very little creativity with the playcalling and use of personnel. Without Rodgers extending plays and waiting for 3rd and 4th reads, this offense is little better than Kizer.

Minniman's picture

It was commented previously by a few posters but I was happy with the play of the Defense as a whole, especially the rookie DB's.

I'm still stunned that Bulaga wasn't given help initially - it was good to eventually see Jimmy G a couple of times "chip" Mack inside so that he couldn't keep bull rushing Bulaga on the outside......... really Jimmy G or Lewis should have been doing this from the start to take this option away from Mack. Bulaga did a good job when he didn't have to try and match the speed of Mack.

By and large the O-line played alot better in the second half (especially the interior).

Dix and the safeties need some coaching on setting the edge if they continue to be used as fast linebackers. A couple of times they overshot the assignment and allowed Howard to escape outside of him (one potentially fatally in the 4th)

..... A lucky win.... but happy to see it.

Oppy's picture

I never thought Bulaga looked outmatched at all.

Mack is a great player; he made some plays. It should be expected.

Bulaga is coming off an ACL less than 10 months ago, and never looked like he was completely over-matched IMO.

I thought Bulaga did a good job and I don't think there was a point where it became necessary to give him help against Khalil. As a friend of mine said while Kizer was under center- It's impossible to block a guy well enough when you're QB looks like he's trying to run straight into the defender.

Minniman's picture

Hey Oppy, I agree that Bulaga played rather well considering his situation - so no disagreement there - on the strength of this game I'm actually rather optimistic about him coming back to his old form.

I was coming from the perspective that several of those chips earlier in the match would\could have blunted Mack before he was able to make those splash plays and swing momentum (and I commented on posts earlier in the week this point - and up-tempo offense)...... you have to agree that he was more contained in the second half.

The fact was that Mack did get some bull-rush pressure on Rodgers before the incident, and was instrumental in pressuring Rodgers back to Robertson-Harris (I think) to create the opportunity to sandwich him. That shouldn't have happened. I also think that it influenced Kizer and made him jumpy when he did come in.

The second half pocket was preserved a lot better than the one in the first half (noting quicker QB ball release times and up-tempo offense here too).

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

I spent the whole first half screaming for MM to park Marcedes Lewis next to Bulaga. Bulaga looked rusty and over-matched to start the game. He settled down (or Mack got tired) in the second half. McCray and the interior OL didn't look good either.

Minniman's picture

While my first reaction was to bring Lewis in too, I was impressed with what Jimmy G accomplished in the second half on Mack. He'd engage Mack and glance off to the outside, with the effect of funneling Mack straight back to Bulaga who was able to contain him for the play.

In those early splash plays Mack was able to use his speed to get on Bulaga's outside shoulder - with the effect of making Bulaga chase Mack's "around the corner" and being a step behind the whole play - rather than being able to get 2 hands on him and control him with leverage.

..... I agree too that there's a couple of early plays that Corey Linsley would want back too - one particular OMG one where he failed to block the rusher at all.

DraftHobbyist's picture

Gotta say, I'm not really a big fan of Aaron Nagler promoting his drinking problem on CheeseheadTV. We don't care that you drank too much like you do every game Aaron. Kids read this stuff, you know...

Qoojo's picture

Kids reads this you say. Have you watched the commercials during any NFL broadcast?

Oppy's picture

I don't know where you are from, but the consumption of alcohol is interwoven into the culture of Wisconsin. Generally speaking, it is not hidden from children or considered unseemly to discuss around children. Not saying that's right or wrong.. it's just how it is for most around these parts.

It is always your right to prevent your children from accessing content on the web you deem unacceptable.

DraftHobbyist's picture

I live in Green Bay, Wisconsin and have all my life. I know what it's like.

Oppy's picture

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D.D. Driver's picture

"We don't care that you drank too much like you do every game Aaron. "

Speak for yourself. I care.

KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

I understand the enthusiasm and excitement. I know it was a first game and all that but I saw a lot of problems on the Packer team right now regardless of the fact they won in an unlikely fashion.

Enjoy the moment now but a MN team is looming and they look to be very tough. MN will be the real test and after watching tonight's game the Pack has a lot of work to do before next weekend's game.

No pass rush whatsoever and with everyone healthy. No running game whatsoever and everyone is healthy. Trouble pass blocking. Make me a believer come next weekend but for now I have more doubts than I had coming into tonight's game.

Qoojo's picture

Kizer was exploring if the QB rating went negative.

It was hilarious in the live chat thing watching so many give up on the packers 2-3 series into the first game of the season. Some predicting the season is over long before Rodgers got hurt.

MM is cementing his status further as the guy lucky enough be coach when Rodgers played.

Matthews...sigh.

4thand1's picture

I CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT I JUST SAW! I'm in icu sending this........jk.

Tundraboy's picture

Other then the elation for this great win I'm going to go to sleep smiling,thinking about Gilbert covering that receiver in the end zone. Love that guy. Hate MM.

4thand1's picture

Right on, Gilbert needs to see the field more, bench CM for being a dumbass.

Minniman's picture

I'm generally not a great fan of Gridiron Heights but this oldy-but-goodie is just too true:

Rodgers as John Wick:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AyC1GlSRCM

freddisch's picture

To quote the Tale of Two Cities: “ It was the best of times, It was the worst of times “

Mvlc1's picture

DIX STILL can't tackle!
Matthews=DONE
COBB, G-MO, ADAMS, CLUTCH,
A-ROD, DESERVES EVERY PENNY
MM, I hope that was just a week one vanilla offensive game plan.

HankScorpio's picture

"DIX STILL can't tackle!"

Dix didn't impress me as having a standout game but he had a hugeE open field tackle on 3rd and short to force a punt when the Packers needed a stop.

Booner's picture

Does anybody think MM looks a little puffy?

Archie's picture

Pettine 1.....Nagy 0.

Thank god almighty we finally changed DCs and we got it right. Ditto GM. One more to go ..... MM laid another big egg in this one. A team can go a long ways with a HOF QB and a solid DC even with a MM at HC. MM's last year in GB.

going53's picture

I will just add some obvious comments:

1. 1st half - play calling was weak to say the least. Thought we had traded Hunley to Seattle.....is he back? I thought the defense had no spark....expected to see Capers sitting in the booth when they panned the camera there.
2. My heart and mind sunk when Aaron got hurt.
3. 2nd half - Seeing Aaron walking out was like the sun coming out again after a huge storm. Defense was a different breed of football, aggressive and fearsome, cudo's to the defensive secondary. Embarrassing play by Clay! Play calling did an uptick......we actually passed.....downfield! I grew up in the days of Lombardi/Starr when you "just knew" they would win. I actually felt that again.......and.....it was like a tall Jack & Coke on a hot Summer's day.....I loved it and I love Aaron's passion and leadership style!

billybobton's picture

Maybe people should go count the number of snaps that Mack had in the second half before bragging up how the OL came back and dominated him

people on the bench are rarely dominated and not being in football shape is a real thing

COUNT THEM mack had only 42 snaps the entire game

How many did perry have? CM3?

we have big problem with RT

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