2019 Week 1 - That's What Cheese Said

There was a lot to like after the team's gritty Week 1 performance. While the offense looks to get things rolling, the defense is earning high praise. 

The Green Bay Packers, led by brand new head coach Matt LaFleur, marched into Soldier Field this past Thursday night and left victorious, starting the NFL’s 100th season with a 1-0 record. 

“This is one of those throwback NFC North wins,” said quarterback Aaron Rodgers after the game. “We had another 10-3 victory over Chicago years ago that was meaningful, and this one is very meaningful as well.”

LaFleur, who received the team’s game ball for earning his first victory as an NFL head coach, felt similarly. 

“It’s extremely special, but I’m just so happy for the guys in the locker room,” he said. “I’m more happy for them. 

“I really, really love this team and what they’re about, the men in that room. Not only the players but the coaches as well.” 

While the offense struggled to move the ball for most of the night against a dominant Chicago front seven, the defense kept the Packers in the game all night by only allowing one Bears field goal in the first quarter of action. The rest of the night, the D pitched a shutout. 

“Overall as a defense, anytime you hold a really quality opponent to three points, I would say the effort and production was there,” said LaFleur.

One of the team’s big free agent acquisitions this offseason, Adrian Amos, came up big against his former team with an interception in the end zone during the final few minutes of action. 

“It felt great to win that game, come here, hold them to three points,” said Amos. “That’s a big first win to start off the season, start the season off 1-0.”

That suffocating Packers defense (yes, you read that right) allowed only 254 total yards on the night. The team had five total sacks and nine passes defensed in addition to the Amos interception. 

“I’m so happy for Adrian,” said LaFleur. “He’s such a key ingredient to our defense, also this football team. He’s a leader. Can’t say enough about him.”

On third downs, the Bears were only able to convert 3-of-15, and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky ended the outing with a 62.1% passer rating. 

Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, the team’s other two defensive free agent acquisitions, both played well in their first games in green and gold. Z. Smith posted one sack and three quarterback hits, while P. Smith added 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hits of his own to mix.

On the night, the team’s five sacks belonged to Blake Martinez, both Smiths, Kevin King, and Kenny Clark (credited with a half sack).

“That was just a dominating performance. It gives you a lot of confidence when you play like that on offense and win a game by a touchdown,” said Rodgers. 

The Packers quarterback threw for 203 yards and one touchdown against Chicago, giving him a passer rating of 91.4%. 

While the energy surrounding the defense is at an all-time high after one game, the offense knows there’s plenty of work to be done. 

Star wide receiver Davante Adams had four receptions for 36 yards on the night. 

“As a team, things were better. Our special teams unit, our defense played really well,” he said. “It was just the offense really, I feel like we’ve gotta step up.”

“I don’t think I’m going to like the film,” he added. 

“We got the W and that’s really what matters, but we’re real critical over here because we’ve got a lot of guys that play at a high level and have been doing it for a long time; we’ve got some perfectionists in this group. Between myself, Aaron, Coach obviously. That’s three big pieces to this football team. We’re going to rally and figure it out.”

Coach LaFleur had his own ideas for why the offense seemed to struggle. “I don't think I did a good enough job of staying committed to that run early.”

The Bears defense, smothering in its own right, held the Packers to just 47 yards total on 22 rushing attempts, good for 2.1 yards per carry. Rodgers also was sacked five times for 37 yards. 

“I think as a unit we’ve got to take it upon ourselves to give him a better pocket,” said left tackle David Bakhtiari, who had the draining task of lining up against Khalil Mack for most of the evening. 

“We’ve gotta give credit to our defense. If they’re going to give up three points in an away game, division game. We know the kind of offense we’re capable of having. It’s going to be pretty dangerous down the road.” 

Defensive lineman Kenny Clark was also pleased with the defense’s performance. 

“We want to be a defense that thrives in adversity situations,” he said. 

For as much talk as the Bears’ front seven garners, the Packers’ front seven looked just as good this past Thursday night. 

The Packers line, led by Clark himself, held the Bears to 46 yards rushing on 15 attempts, giving them an average of 3.1 yards per carry. 

“Yeah, that was fun to watch. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a performance like that,” said Rodgers. “Obviously, a lot of credit to Mike Pettine and his staff but to those players, just incredible effort.”

On special teams, another thorn in Green Bay’s side last season, JK Scott was the MVP of the evening, punting nine times for 428 yards, giving him an average of 47.6 yards per kick. Five of his nine punts landed inside the 20, and his longest punt of the night was a 63-yarder. 

“We have a really good thing going with our team right now. Guys are really coming together,” said Scott at his locker after the game. 

At one point, “JK” chants broke out in the locker room. 

With the arrow pointing up for both the special teams unit and the defense, it only makes sense that the offense feels they need to rise to the occasion and contribute more. 

“It’s just sweet, it really is.” said a smiling Aaron Rodgers of the team’s victory. 

“Obviously I hold myself to a high standard and I didn’t play great tonight, but to watch a defense like that, man, it gives you a lot of confidence about where this team can go, in a game that most people thought we were going to get, probably trounced, to have them play that well and win in a tough environment, against the reigning NFC North champs, that’s going to be a fun plane ride.”

While the moment hasn’t necessarily sunk in yet for LaFleur, at least not that he’s publicly acknowledged, his team knew what the final kneel down meant to the head coach. 

“After that last kneel down I held onto that ball because I wanted to give it to Matt. It’s a big deal winning your first NFL game as a head coach and I’m happy for him,” said Rodgers. “Obviously it’s a lot of fun working with him and I told him I’m gonna be a lot better moving forward. I’m excited about the season and I’m excited about these guys.

“I think what we did on defense, I think we showed the league and the folks watching that we aren’t just an offensive team anymore, that we got a defense.”

The Packers will carry their 1-0 record back home to Lambeau Field to take on another NFC North opponent, the Vikings, on September 15. The team now gets a few extra days to enjoy their victory and begin preparations for Minnesota. 

It’s only the first week of the 2019 season, but the locker room has a new energy to it. 

Maggie Loney is a writer for Cheesehead TV and a podcaster for the Pack-A-Day Podcast. Find her on Twitter at @MaggieJLoney.

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CoachJV's picture

September 07, 2019 at 03:13 pm

Man, it was good to see the D play well... after all this time. And will only get better. Our DBs are like glue man... 9 passes defensed, 5 sacks, an INT... and everyone came out healthy!!!

We are going to be feared... and when the Offense starts clicking... look out!

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murf7777's picture

September 07, 2019 at 08:55 pm

Agree and it was nice to see Rodgers take the onus regarding the O not playing the best game. He’s our leader and showed it by his comments.

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Samson's picture

September 07, 2019 at 03:39 pm

After awhile, I was looking forward to seeing JK Scott punting... What a monster leg!!
At one point, “JK” chants broke out in the locker room.

Gotta love it when a 15-year old kid can make good in the NFL.... well, he only looks about 15, maybe 16.

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EddieLeeIvory's picture

September 08, 2019 at 07:42 am

it can get better but only if we stay healthy-ish. like the bears defense last year & like the vikings usually....
our players are great. just need king & company to stay healthy

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Lare's picture

September 07, 2019 at 04:10 pm

I think the more talented team won.

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IceBowl's picture

September 07, 2019 at 05:20 pm

The D looked very good. But remember, it was only the Bear's O. Not the elite O's in the league.

Still a great start.

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Qoojo's picture

September 07, 2019 at 06:30 pm

Just remember what the defense looked like against the Bears' offense last year.

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September 07, 2019 at 05:00 pm

Something being overlooked is the receiving corps. Everyone was so enamored with our WR's during training camp but the truth is that aside from Adams there's no one who has been good enough to be a legit #2 receiver. It was all hope. Allison and MVS weren't getting open. The Bears were double and triple-teaming Adams. There's even a video where Adams is alone on the sideline and after the pass is thrown away he openly counts the three defenders. Allison didn't even have a pass thrown to him. The interior line did collapse on occasion but there were times where Rodgers held the ball and we blamed him, but just maybe no one was open. Allison and MVS are not great route runners and I believe Kumerow and Davis will get more chances next game.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

September 07, 2019 at 05:32 pm

JohnnyLogan always a treat to see you're positive, well thought out, and supported statments. I'm absolutely stunned that you aren't a scout for the Packers or at the very least a writer on CHTV.

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JohnnyLogan's picture

September 07, 2019 at 05:39 pm

I take it that's sarcasm. That's fine. Now, what is it your saying?... What's your point?.. Not only don't you support your statement, but you also don't make one. Always fun to read people who criticize other people's arguments without making one of their own.

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Samson's picture

September 07, 2019 at 05:58 pm

What he is saying is simple.

You don't have a clue.

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JohnnyLogan's picture

September 07, 2019 at 06:08 pm

More brilliant analysis. How about we elevate this discussion, who's the Packer's #2 receiver?... Why do you like him?... If Allison, why didn't he get a pass thrown to him the entire game? If MVS, then why was Adams triple-teamed and still MVS had few passes thrown to him. Why did Rodgers, maybe the best QB ever, hold the ball for 15 seconds or more on numerous occasions?... How about an opinion, rather than childish crap like saying I don't have a clue?

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Since'61's picture

September 07, 2019 at 07:14 pm

Except for the plays when Rodgers ran with the ball I don’t think there was a single play when he held the ball for 15 seconds. Even on the plays when he ran I doubt that the play lasted for 15 seconds. Watch the game tape you’ll see what I mean.

When you make a specious argument that Rodgers held the ball for 15 seconds on numerous occasions you’re going to get called on it. Thanks, Since ‘61

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Jonathan Spader's picture

September 07, 2019 at 08:06 pm

The Packers #2 WR is MVS. Rodgers was under constant pressure from the Bears front 7. Taylor and Turner were both exposed. MVS runs better routes in 2019 and I'm hoping the time he spent in the off season with Randy Moss pays off. Rodgers said that before MVS used his speed to create separation now he understands routes. We'll see if my hunch winds up being true but in game 1 no one emerged as a true #2 but MVS did have the biggest impact.

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flackcatcher's picture

September 08, 2019 at 03:05 am

No. Wrong on all counts for this game. First regular season game defenses have the advantage. More so under the current CBA. Offensive timing from the offensive line to route running was shot to heck on both sides. Both teams went very basic in their offensive packages for that reason. You understand. Man on Man at every level on both sides. Neither team tried to fool the other. This was an old fashioned Back and Blue brawl. No quarter asked, and none was given. A month from now your criticisms will have value because we will be seeing MLF full scheme in action. But not now, not today. On Rodgers holding the ball too long, modern NFL defenses sets are all shell packages design to hide position assignments on the field. Rodgers is one of the best at exposing real defensive sets among the line. As a result, there is a real cat and mouse game in pre snap formations on both sides of the ball. That's why Rodgers seems to take forever getting the play off. (PS. '61 is right on this too.....-:)

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Coldworld's picture

September 08, 2019 at 10:03 am

I agree Flackcatcher. This is not the umpteenth year of the system. They have only just installed the no huddle aspects. This O is behind where it normally would be in terms of familiarity even at the walkthrough level. This O will role out slowly and hopefully in relation to game planning for each team. Mid season is when we should be able to get a feel for its overall shape based upon history.

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croatpackfan's picture

September 08, 2019 at 05:28 am

Khm, khm... 47 yards... khm khm

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murf7777's picture

September 07, 2019 at 08:57 pm

Allison was our leading receiver after 5 games last year. Sorry, don’t understand your reasoning.

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September 08, 2019 at 10:05 am

Allison is at his ceiling. He's limited athletically but has fantastic hands for snagging the ball out of the air and a knack for finding the soft spot on defenses. MVS is an ascending player with elite measurables his ceiling is much higher than Allison. Allison is coming off an injury and MVS has another year of experience in the NFL.

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September 08, 2019 at 09:05 am

I was responding to JL’s 1st remark stating that MVS and Allison are not good route runners. I wasn’t comparing the two or stating Allison has more upside then MVS.

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Coldworld's picture

September 08, 2019 at 10:13 am

MVS got open at least once for a big play and made the most catches of a WR. The slot position did not seem to be a big part of the game plan to me. Instead we saw TE routes and leak outs more. Since those worked, I see that as reflecting a viable game plan.

The Bears held Adams largely in check. If he is struggling to get open as someone who is elite at doing so and Rodgers first read and preference, that speaks volumes about the challenges of looking to the slot as an outlet in that game.

Early days, but I thought the signs suggest that LaFleur is thankfully moving away from the MM approach if playing essentially the same formations and roles regardless of the opponent. Next week or the week after I would not be surprised to see the slot feature heavily. We need to move in from the fixed concept core of the later MM era to understand what LaFleur is doing I think, or perhaps hope.

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holmesmd's picture

September 08, 2019 at 06:11 am

You have no idea what you are talking about. SMH

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Cubbygold's picture

September 08, 2019 at 06:39 am

I think were in the 'too soon to draw conclusions' area right now on this. I bet a number of factors are in play, including a higher focus on TEs and RBs, meaning less work for #2 and #3 recievers as well as a tight road game where the team was protecting a narrow lead. Whether we like it or not, I'm not sure 12 is comfortable trusting these guys in a 4 point game just yet

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September 07, 2019 at 06:03 pm

I'm just happy for a win !!!!

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albert999's picture

September 07, 2019 at 07:34 pm

Rodgers holds the ball to long always looking for the big play
Should have hit Kumerow on numerous slant calls they didn’t make or use those tight ends over the middle quickly

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September 07, 2019 at 07:50 pm

What if he's not always looking for a big play? I doubt that's "always" the case, or even the case most of the time. Is it possible plays are called for Allison or MVS and they can't get open? Neither of them have ever shown ability to run great routes and regularly get open. Rodgers gets too much blame for the inept offense. We need a legit #2 receiver and we knew that going into the draft. That's where Gute's emphasis will be in the next draft after having fixed the D.

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September 07, 2019 at 09:08 pm

If they can't get open why would you call plays for them? Do you think Rodgers and LaFluer are dense and they don't know if their own receivers can get open? I think you're reading too much into this and connecting dots that are not there.

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JohnnyLogan's picture

September 08, 2019 at 06:56 am

Why would they call plays for them?... what do you want them to do call plays for Bak to go long? They're the receivers we've got. The discussion is whether they're good enough to make this offense gel. At this point, I don't think they are. I realize no one here agrees with me but not a single response after all the dislikes has done anything except make excuses for them... MVS is fast, Allison has good hands... yada yada. I hope they develop, but my main point has been they can't get open regularly. Yes, Rodgers got rushed in the Bear game, but there were times he was in the pocket, Adams was double or triple covered, and he didn't throw the ball to either of them and had to eat the ball. Very similar to last year. They occasionally make plays but that doesn't negate the fact that neither is a reliable #2 receiver at this point, good enough to take the pressure off Adams. The fact the Bears even Triple-teamed Adams proves they agreed with me. They're simply not great route runners able to make quick cuts to separate from defenders. You can argue they're going to get better, but that's only speculation. I love that the D won us the game. I love what Gute has done to transform this team. But from the Bleacher seats, you should be able to see we don't have the receiving corps yet to be a top offense and it's frustrating Rodgers no matter what how much he praises his boys. Bash away fellas, make yourselves feel good, but you'll feel better when we've got a real #2.

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Tundraboy's picture

September 08, 2019 at 09:30 pm

It's as simple as it's way too early to draw any conclusions about anyone.

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Coldworld's picture

September 08, 2019 at 10:14 am

How many snaps was Kumerow on O? Did you even watch?

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albert999's picture

September 07, 2019 at 07:36 pm

I would have used the slot way more to get the ball out of Rodgers hands and he needs to manage the time clock at his age and his experience no excuse for bad time management in the huddle and at the line

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GLM's picture

September 07, 2019 at 08:11 pm

With the Bears' linebacking corps, they probably had the slot covered, and were waiting to jump routes.

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Renllaw's picture

September 08, 2019 at 06:15 am

Exactly GLM, the Bears were seeing the same things we were, the protection was not there so they took away the quick routes, thats why on one of the very few times the protection held up we were able to hit MVS for a big play.

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Cubbygold's picture

September 08, 2019 at 06:41 am

Yup. Can't read too much into this. First game of a new offensive system, on the road, against an elite defense. Anyone overly worried about the offense should be force to write that 100 times on a chalkboard before posting.

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Cubbygold's picture

September 08, 2019 at 06:42 am

Saving the good plays to make the vikings look silly

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Coldworld's picture

September 08, 2019 at 10:21 am

No drop back and look? Doesn’t that suggest a clean and sustained pocket? Did you want Rodgers killed? Did you notice how Lewis was used in lieu of, say, an out to an RB and TE use in general?

The Bears have very fast and instinctive ILBs and a great front. They are designed to stop exactly the type of plays you urge. Moreover, their coverage of short plays was excellent throughout the game but also last season.

One should scheme to an opponent’s weaknesses not their strengths.

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murf7777's picture

September 07, 2019 at 09:00 pm

GLM...right on and quite a bit of pressure. If Arod forces the ball in this game we might’ve lost it.

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Cubbygold's picture

September 08, 2019 at 06:43 am

Exactly. Rodgers played like how we would want him to if we had an elite defense. He knew he wasn't in charge of winning that game like in years past

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murf7777's picture

September 07, 2019 at 09:06 pm

I know it is just another’s opinion regarding the play calling but didn’t we just play the #1 D at their house and win? Let’s give the O some time especially with a new scheme.

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albert999's picture

September 07, 2019 at 09:26 pm

5 sacks
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Extreme clock and huddle mismanagement by Rodgers a MVP etc etc
Rodgers holding the ball wat to long to many times
They’ve had time they are all veterans and pros on that O line and Rodgers looked awful

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Coldworld's picture

September 08, 2019 at 01:40 pm

Unbelievable. First game in a new system against an elite D that has played together last year and is in their own house and you come away with that?

Football isn’t easy. That is one hell of a defense and one that was schemed very well to attack the Packers and arguably constructed to do so as well.

If the O is doing this in November against poor teams then perhaps. Right now, we just beat the historical odds big time.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 08, 2019 at 12:46 pm

I would like to produce a game show, " Fans -n Charge" The entrant is allowed to draw up 5 plays/schemes on the white board, then a panel of
coaches critique the scribblings and either accept one play or chide the contestant mercilessly.

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Tundraboy's picture

September 08, 2019 at 09:38 pm

Love this. Thanks Cold World for reigning in the insanity. We won a huge season opening game with our defense! And it was the Bears on the road!

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September 07, 2019 at 09:34 pm

Exactly! Way too early to draw conclusions about this offense. GMO was on a pace for 1,000 yards last year when he got hurt. MVS got more yards than Adams Thursday. We need to calm down and give this thing some time to develop.

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albert999's picture

September 07, 2019 at 09:39 pm

Adams was tripple teamed all night and then limped off the field

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albert999's picture

September 07, 2019 at 09:41 pm

The viqueens have a better offense than the bears and we better be able to score some more points
GO PACK

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croatpackfan's picture

September 08, 2019 at 05:34 am

top 1 D last year was not Vikings D

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fthisJack's picture

September 08, 2019 at 08:43 am

i'm liking the matchup between the Vikes O and the Packer D. Cousins is a statue in the pocket and will get his bell run a few times. the key will be to keep their run game in check and force them to pass. this Packer D looks legit and i see big things for them this season.

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Coldworld's picture

September 08, 2019 at 10:31 am

Vikings have a good D front. Not sure where else they match the Bears from ILB backwards.

Should be more space to exploit and more time to do it maybe. We should see out central D and especially ILBs challenged in pass and run coverage more sternly though, and the deep perimeter threat and route running on both sides of the field not one.

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September 08, 2019 at 12:39 pm

Well, it was the worst 1st Quarter for the Packer offense in the last 25 years. I think that’s a fair conclusion. We had less than 50 yards rushing. We were sacked too many times (everybody gets sacked, but not more than twice, usually.)

I don’t think Minnesota is going to be easier. I’m watching them right now and they look pretty organized to me.

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Cubbygold's picture

September 08, 2019 at 06:48 am

Yup. If you ranked all 16 games, that would be the one you'd pick for the packers offense to struggle most. Add in that it was the first game and its even more likely they struggle.

Team scored 10 points. If they wanted to they could have kicked a fg at the end.

Best part is many of their struggles are easily correctable. Having a veteran o-line and QB doesn't mean they're going to be perfect, it means we should expect them to be able to fix issues quickly. Won't suprise me one bit if they put 20-30 up on Minnesota

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Coldworld's picture

September 08, 2019 at 10:35 am

Well put Sir

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

September 07, 2019 at 09:07 pm

The Bears still suck.

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September 07, 2019 at 10:59 pm

The Packers defense left the Bears in a State of shock. This win was a thing of Beauty. They dominated the Bears Offense. I couldn't help but think of a nickname for them. How does Legion of Dominators sound? The packers showed a game changing defense. Their success launched a new image for this team. The Amazing Fantasy of Mr. Rodgers neighborhood has come to an end. Of Course I love Comics and most contain speech bubbles. I'm Sure many bubbles would have had us laughing this game. The packers have created a new future. We aren't dependent on lightning and Thunder anymore. We have a punter who can change the field position. The offensive concerns will not linger. This game was a needed win. It shed light on possibilities that can produce more.

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Cubbygold's picture

September 08, 2019 at 06:50 am

How about Monsters of the Midway? That's right bears fans, its ours now

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albert999's picture

September 08, 2019 at 08:35 am

Bay ballers
Beasts of the real Bay

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September 08, 2019 at 10:23 am

Muensters of Midway!

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September 09, 2019 at 03:27 pm

I regret that I can only give this one thumbs up. Well played, sir.

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murf7777's picture

September 08, 2019 at 09:22 am

I like the nickname stockholder but let’s use something other then “Legion” how about “the thundering seize”

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September 08, 2019 at 10:14 am

"Smithereens Smashers"

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September 07, 2019 at 11:14 pm

It's no mystery who the #2 WR is: Its right on their depth chart. (He's the one who caught the long pass on the TD drive & 3 other balls.) But I expect matchups will dictate who gets targeted - after Adam's - going forward.

I hope the offense looks a lot less like last season & more like what LaFleur has in mind against the vikings.

BTW, in another thread someone was asking where was Gary? On Raven Greene's no-look pass defense near the goal line, Gary was hitting Trubinski as he released the ball. He lined up with his hand in the turf & came around on a stunt up the middle. A radio host said PFF (I think) had Gary getting 2 pressures in 6 snaps.

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September 08, 2019 at 12:20 am

That is great info regarding Gary. I didn't notice him while watching the game but 2 QB pressures in 6 sacks is fantastic. The coaches must be bringing him in slowly which is such a great luxury to have with the 2 Smiths.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

September 08, 2019 at 12:44 am

Running a stunt plays into all of Gary's strengths and not into areas that need development.

Preston Smith hit Trubisky first, just before Gary got there. The NFL does not give out .5 for QB hits like it does for sacks, so Gary gets no stats. It goes as a QB hit for Preston and nothing for Gary, but it was a pressure for advanced stat keepers.

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Coldworld's picture

September 08, 2019 at 10:38 am

And Pettine has said that that is the primary stat that he seeks in terms of disruption

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ThxJackVainisi's picture

September 08, 2019 at 11:09 am

The problem with the stat "pressures" is determining when hurries occur. Sacks and hits are obviously easier except determining when they should be split among defenders. Even so, I think pressures, measured as objectively as possible, is the most important stat when evaluating a player's effectiveness as a pass rusher.

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Cubbygold's picture

September 08, 2019 at 06:51 am

I read somewhere his other pressure was on the INT

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JHitTheB's picture

September 07, 2019 at 11:27 pm

If I posted a link to a Vikings fan forum showing Vikings fans discussing the inability of GBs WRs to get open against the Bears D and how they hope their secondary plays similar next week I wonder what all the "holding the ball too long" crowd would say then.

You can't get rid of the ball if there is no one to throw it to...well I suppose you could but it would be detrimental to force balls into coverage - ask Mitch. When the OL is basically letting defenders into the back field as soon as the ball is snapped the QB doesn't have a chance. A few times I saw Aaron looking for a quick check down and have to pull the ball down because - guess what - the play was covered. When the QB was protected, GB moved the ball fairly well. Funny how that works out.

Do I need to break down why the TEs were needed at the LoS and not going out for passes more often than not? Is it really that hard to understand they were kept in to try to slow the Bears vicious pass rush?

Did you not see Aaron trying to cover his ears so he could hear play calls coming in over the crowd noise over and over? Did you not see Aaron motioning to MLF to "hurry up" with the call on multiple occasions? Am I the only one that noticed when GB went to no huddle the ball was snapped with plenty time? I'm guessing the majority here have never actually played football and have no idea what it's like to have to get 10 other men into the correct alignment as well as read the D and get the proper protection scheme to counter what the D is showing.

GB just beat their biggest division rival on the road in a hard fought defensive battle...and people are still crying. It must suck to have such a negative outlook on life.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

September 08, 2019 at 03:08 pm

Did you not see the 3rd and 40 for Chicago? Did you not hear the roar of Boos from Bears fan against their own team? Did you not see the mutliple penalties against the bears for delay of game?

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albert999's picture

September 08, 2019 at 08:38 am

We’re all fans....chill out there’s positives and negatives of every game and fans point out both because they are passionate and that’s why they call it a forum
GO PACK

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ThxJackVainisi's picture

September 08, 2019 at 09:59 am

JHitTheB: "If I posted a link to a Vikings fan forum showing Vikings fans discussing the inability of GBs WRs to get open against the Bears D and how they hope their secondary plays similar next week I wonder what all the "holding the ball too long" crowd would say then."

I don't know what the "crowd" would say but I would ask: Are you seriously attempting to make a point by referencing a vikings fan forum?

The other questions I would ask you is did you not hear Rodgers say he needs to play better? Did you not hear him admit he promised LaFleur he would play better? Have you observed Aaron Rodgers ever being unnecessarily self-deprecating? In other words, even Rodgers criticized Rodgers performance in that game.

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Coldworld's picture

September 08, 2019 at 10:44 am

The Bears are exceedingly good in short area run and pass coverage. I don’t think the Vikings come close to that.

Had we been down then I think we would have seen more spread to remove the triple coverage in Adams or circumvent it. I think the Vikings may be in for a surprise when the offensive game plan unfolds next week.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 08, 2019 at 12:57 pm

Who do you fear more, Fuller and Jackson or Rhodes and Smith? I like the Pack's chances to open it up on the purple D. Chicago's DTs are much better than the queens. Iso Barr out in space and remove Hunter from the equation. Big game again for Bulaga and Bhaktiari.

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Fastenerpuller's picture

September 08, 2019 at 01:16 am

Guys guys. I thought we’d lose this game for sure. While I would love if our offense had sprung from the womb fully formed, I’m ok with having faith for a few games while they get their shit together. I don’t think we need to worry about angering the football gods; we should CELEBRATE a great win and the unveiling of a potent, totally new defense.

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flackcatcher's picture

September 08, 2019 at 03:17 am

Yeah, like the football gods need a reason to ding us......

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Cubbygold's picture

September 08, 2019 at 06:59 am

For sure. How about celebrating how complete of a defense we have. What's our weakest position? Kings injury history? It's not the d-line, its not the smiths, its not the safties, its not alexander... It's amazing how complete the defense looks, we're not just celebrating an improvement in one position, they look like the complete package.

Or how about celebrating what could be a turning point in the franchise. This team will win superbowls over the next 5 years based on how elite rodgers is, but this is a young defense that could play together for a looooong time.

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Archie's picture

September 08, 2019 at 04:22 am

I'm a big fan of Gutey and Pettine. Those two did a great job in the off-season re-tooling the defense.

However, not so much Gutey and LaFleur on offensive side. Two biggest off-season additions:

1 - G Turner (9MM/yr FA); and,
2 - G Jenkins (R2 pick)

Turner was horrible as a pass blocker and run blocker. Watch the tape. He stands up straight and lets the rusher push back into QB. He also outs no weight on the rusher. Many times rusher stopped pushing Turner and pull off him to make the play.

Jenkins why would you player Taylor over anyone? Nuff said.

We may end up missing James Campen more than we know. If this OL coach is in love with Turner, I have to question his judgment. nd favoring Taylor over Jenkins? Again, I have to question his judgment.

As we saw Thursday night, horrible G play doomed both the run and the pass.

Bak has some penalties but otherwise he was terrific against Mack. Bulaga had a great night too.

WR were rough. Adams covered to death. Nobody else stepped up much. As somebody mentioned earlier, time to look at Kumerow and Davis.

Time to go with Jenkins at G.

Turner is a 9MM/yr albatross.

But we have a defense and a punter.

Now we need to fix G.

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Cubbygold's picture

September 08, 2019 at 07:06 am

I think there's some truth behind the o-lines lack of playing time together ahead of this game. Linsley missed time, Turner is new and Taylor/Jenkins were rotating in a competition. Pair that with playing the best defense in football, on the road, with a new system and i think you get a reasonable understanding of what we saw.

I'm hopeful that 10 days of practice with the starting 5 leads to much better play.

...thats the superfan in me, none of that covers up Taylor getting absolutely overrun one on one. That was ugly

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stockholder's picture

September 08, 2019 at 07:09 am

I still believe Turner is a LG and will need more time at RG. Forget RT! Jenkins should start. The dislikes I got were unjustified. This OL was not ready. As I stated.

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Coldworld's picture

September 08, 2019 at 01:44 pm

Turner has played in one game with Linsley and Bulaga. The biggest mistake of camp by LaFleur that I’m aware of was not just making the choice of starting line and playing them together as much as possible throughout camp. That said, we survived it against the best front we will play in a well schemed assault. Each week it should improve as long as there is stability and health.

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packrfanfw's picture

September 08, 2019 at 08:27 am

the pessimist in me says this is too good to be true.... the optimist in me says this is going to be fun to watch...

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Coldworld's picture

September 08, 2019 at 10:52 am

I think it will be uneven progress for sure. I don’t extrapolate an undefeated season just because we beat one of the better teams in their house. This team will have growing pains on O, D and ST, but we are ascending.

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albert999's picture

September 08, 2019 at 08:40 am

Packers favored by 2
BET THAT LINE GENTLEMEN
GO PACK

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Cubbygold's picture

September 08, 2019 at 09:52 am

Vikes are gonna crap the bed in a few hours, so the line will prob be pack by 5

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ThxJackVainisi's picture

September 08, 2019 at 02:03 pm

Opps on the vikings crapping the bed...

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albert999's picture

September 08, 2019 at 09:56 am

That’s why you take it now

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