Listen, I’ll take a win over a divisional rival any day of the week. Especially from the Bears, who coming into the season, were a sneaky Super Bowl pick if they could get the offense rolling. Last night’s game had the look of a fifth preseason game. Lots of penalties, a few turnovers, and just sloppy play in general. Here are a few of my takeaways from the Packers 10-3 victory of the Bears.
The Preseason Might Actually Matter After All:
I mean wow, could the offense have looked any worse to start this game? If it wasn’t for the brief flash in the second quarter this could’ve easily went into OT tied at three. It’s weird, it’s almost like when a team implements a whole new offense because of change in head coach, that maybe the starters should get some preseason reps? I mentioned it but last night’s game looked like a preseason game for 98% of it. Mostly on the offensive side of the ball.
Too many times did the play-clock tick down to :01 and things seemed rushed. Too many times did it look like Aaron Rodgers wasn’t on the same page as his wide receivers. Too many times did it look like this was the first time this group of guys all played together. That’s cause it was.
Do the Green Bay Packers Actually Have a Defense Now?
For how bad the offense looked, the defense looked incredible. General Manager Brian Gutekunst looks like a genius for the offseason signings of safety Adrian Amos (a former Bear who had an INT last night), linebacker Preston Smith, and edge rusher Za’Darius Smith. All three of these guys played outstanding last night. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is one of the best in the business, and it’s clear the front office wanted to give him the players to maximize his scheme.
On top of the three free agent signings a few other guys stood out as well. Jaire Alexander could very well be the next best young corner in football. The guy has all the tools to matchup with the guy across from him and he showed flashes last night. The biggest standout in the secondary though was rookie first rounder Darnell Savage. We knew this guy could fly, he ran a 4.3 forty yard dash at the combine, but the way he flashed to the ball and made an impact defensively; the Packers might’ve gotten a steal at pick #26.
Green Bay Needs To Establish The Run Game:
Sure, the Bear’s defense is one of the best in the NFL. Nonetheless the green and gold had no luck running the ball in last night’s game. Aaron Jones as their leading rusher with just 39 yards on 13 carries. We’ve all seen flashes of what Jones can do when he gets going, and LaFleur’s offense relies heavily on establishing the run. Personally I think Green Bay should abandon the running back by committee approach and feed Jones as long as he’s healthy. He’ll be a key part of the team if they want to have success offensively going forward.
JK Scott. Yes, the punter is this games MVP. I hate taking the easy road and just picking the whole defense, which I could’ve done, but Scott is the guy. On multiple occasions he pinned a struggling Bears offense deep in their own territory, flipping the field and thus giving the Packers great starting field position which they could never take advantage of. His final 63 yard punt pinned the Bears very deep, and you could make the argument that ended up winning the game. It’s not great when a punter is your MVP, but that’s the kind of game it was.