Bring On Da Bears.

We learned a little something about the Packers on Sunday. We’ll learn a lot more about them next Sunday.

What we learned by watching their convincing win over the Falcons was that they weren’t quite ready to fold their tent and call it a season. Offensively, they looked sharper, with Rodgers getting the ball out of his hands quickly, converting third downs and leaning on Aaron Jones in the second half. Defensively, we saw an actual pick six and a unit that contained Matt Ryan for most of the afternoon. There weren’t even any major special teams gaffes.

Much of this was expected following the debacle against the Cardinals and the subsequent removal of Mike McCarthy. Joe Philbin showed he was up to the challenge of taking the reins and calling the plays, despite the calamitous start which saw both challenges used up in the opening drive (I still don’t understand how the Packers lost the first one. The second one should not have been challenged).

Even the scrum that broke out after it appeared Rodgers had gotten hit in the head area while sliding was a breath of fresh air, showing this team still had some fight in them and was ready to stand behind its leader.

This was the kind of December home game that we’ve come to expect: 34 unanswered points against a team that is running out the string. But it was only the second home game all season where the result was determined relatively early in the afternoon.

It looks like the Packers came out of this game relatively unscathed. Seeing Kenny Clark on the ground clutching his arm was the most worrisome moment. But he returned to the game and finished–albeit without really making his presence felt–he didn’t show up in the box score. Jake Kumerow had more tackles than he did.

More often than not, teams represent well in the games after an in-season firing of the head coach. What happens next will be much more interesting. The Pack heads to Soldier Field to face a Bears team that announced its legitimacy with a defensive masterpiece against the Rams on Sunday night.

They will be uber motivated to knock off their rivals; to officially end their season and get a measure of revenge from their second half meltdown in the season opener at Lambeau. They are 5 and a half point favorites to end an eight game losing streak at home to Rodgers and the Packers. If the Pack can make it nine in a row, well then we can say the team has come out of their funk. It would probably be too late for any post-season fun, but it would provide a nice spring board to whatever comes next in 2019.

 

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16 Responses to Bring On Da Bears.

  1. Cane says:

    Nice job making your draft pick worse! Keep it up! If you want a real recipe for disaster the rest of your season–have AR continue to run as much as he did yesterday. Dude was taking away too many hits than a 35 year old QB should.

  2. BUNG says:

    What we learned is that the Packers can beat another terrible team. In other words, not much. The Packers have no chance against the Bears defensive line. AR is going to get sacked so many times he’ll be throwing Microsoft Surfaces all over the field.

  3. Zimmer says:

    Hey Cheating Ref, What were the penalty numbers on Atlanta yesterday? It had to be staggering.

  4. lynndickeyfan says:

    Bears are going to be a challenge, especially if the O-line doesn’t get healthier this week. Rodgers still took his sweet time ignoring the check down and trying to get the big play. He won’t have as much time against the Bears. They also have offense speed to get to the edge, something the Packers have struggled against. I hope it snows. That’s always fun.

  5. Diabetes Dan says:

    Great game! Can’t wait for the refs to throw 13 flags on the bears to our five! I will eat my hat if we don’t win next week! In fact, if there is enough gravy, I will probably eat it anyway!

  6. Roscoe Lombardi says:

    Roscoe Lombardi here, boys, we are back in the driver’s seat. Didn’t old Roscoe tell you that, number 14 is a’comin’. Like my daddy, former Redskins head coach Vince Lomardi used to say, “Son, sometimes life is like trying to put socks on a rooster.” I asked him what that meant and he put his Lucky Strike out in my face. Now all yer negative talk about this team not winning another WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP is as welcome as a porcupine in a nudist colony. Remember what my daddy used to say, “That’s two different buckets of possums.”

  7. Cheating Ref says:

    What were the penalties I called on the Falcons? Numerous, and timed to help the sorry packers squad. As usual. I tossed my hanky 13 times against the Falcons for 101 yards, and a staggering 6 of those gave the Slackers a first down. That’s the kind of help those clowns need in order to “win”.

  8. Moron mudduck says:

    I apologize packer nation for my fellow stupid mudducks,the idiot at the top of the page and Cane and your mom and grandma death,it’s just that they are so overrun with jealousy and envy and disappointment every year we choke and we’ll never have what you have and obviously they need to grow up,but after we choke they’ll be gone,Thanks for the complement Larry,you can’t be a homer all the time like my fellow stupid mudducks!!We should hire McCarthy,he knows how to win and would do wonders for that slug cousins,13 nothing sconnie!!

  9. Moron mudduck says:

    You like that!!You like that!! Cousins is a joke,Mike Dimmer and Deflopo are a joke,defense is overrated,offense sucks,packers put 24 points on them,another choke season my fellow moron mudducks!!!

  10. Packerlifer says:

    It’s hard to say really how much better late is than never. At least the Pack showed more like the team we expected this year. Despite their losing record Atlanta is no slouch. Now, if we could just have that Cardinals loss and Vikqueens tie back the Packers would be 7-6 and holding the inside track to the 6th seed Wild Card berth. If the team continues to show fight and hustle and wins out the rest of the way Joe Philbin could be taken seriously for the permanent head coaching job. If the program in Green Bay is “another Super Bowl with Aaron Rodgers” they may not want to go through an entire change in system. There really aren’t any “wow” guys out there among those being mentioned as possibilities. If the team responds this way to Philbin the next 3 weeks and wins out improvement in players with continuity in system may be the direction Mark Murphy will decide to go.

  11. larry says:

    hey Moron mudduck, where are all your rube friends today after last night?, nothing smart for them to say today????

  12. Moron mudduck says:

    They usually crawl under a rock Larry after a good thorough embarrassing ass kicking because their homers and can’t see that cousins is a joke and everything else is overrated,ooooooh it was ugly,fire those coaches too,they suck,I don’t know if my queens will win another game!!! Like we always say,Wait till next year

  13. OLD SOUTH SIDE GUY says:

    PackerLifer…You are one of the real Packer fans on here for “real Packer talk” so here is my take. Regardless of how the Pack does the rest of the way I dont think hiring Philbin is the answer. I believe a system change is needed and Philbin to me is too much of MM systems. If they would go with Philbin I am ok with it but my guy all along has been McDaniels. I was the first to want him on this site weeks ago. We need a lot of change and although some may not like MacDaniels he is an offensive mind that can adapt to game situations. He has had a top 5 offense the last 5 years. Brady has said himself Rodgers could throw for 7000 yards in his offense. That having been said…You still ultimately win with players and that is why the most important person this off season is Gutey. With 10 draft choices and probably about 40 million dollars in cap space he has the assets to bring in quality starting players. At least 3 new starters on offense and 3 new starters on defense. He has to hit it big this off season. GO PACK GO !!

  14. Packerlifer says:

    OSSG: I just can’t buy McDaniel as the Packers’ answer. He’s being groomed by Bob Kraft to succeed Belichick in New England. That was made clear last year when he jilted the Colts on their hc job. He’s a Belichick guy but we know what kind of record Belichick guys have had when on their own. (See Mangini, Crennel, Patricia,) McDaniel was less impressive in his two year stint in Denver than Philbin was in his four in Miami. I think the Packers will be looking at who can best get this team over the hump for another Super Bowl in what remains of Rodgers’ career. The only “outsider” that seems to me to likely meet that criteria is Bruce Arians. I know he says he’s not interested but his mind could change in January when Cleveland hires someone else. Arians is 66 and has a good record but never won a Super Bowl. He might be tempted to make one more try for 2 0r 3 years.

  15. lynndickeyfan says:

    PL, OSSG, I also should preference for Arians off the bat. I seem to remember MacDanials being a grade A jerk in Denver. I have to trust Murphy to make the right hire. If Philbin hadn’t been the OC, wouldn’t we have thought of him as having a real shot at the job? I think he would have been in consideration. I don’t have any other names , but I bet they’ll have plenty of propaganda to get us hopeful for however they choose.

  16. larry says:

    Pl, OSSG, LDG, good to have Packer talk back on here again. where is the Voice on this??> I have heard every name for new coach over here in western Wisconsin, from McDaniels, who I hate, not a leader, to Brett Favre, my gosh, who’s next ?THC, lol. I want some fresh blood, but we all know if some how they beat the bears, and run it out, Philbin will have great chance to get it. I still want Fitzgerald from NW, and Taylor QB, coach for rams for O.C. something new, that’s just me.
    vikes win 20 to 10 and Pack with 3/5 of O line out vs bears lose 17 to 13. Go Packers

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