Rodgers, Defense Send Bears Into HibernationPosted:Nov 10th, 2014 4:07 am
In the five years I've been writing this blog I'm pretty sure I never started writing my game story in the third quarter of the game. But such was the laugher at Lambeau on this night, as the Pack came out of the bye on fire, dismantling the Bears and serving notice that despite the current standings, the three time defending division champs are not ready to step aside.
When Rodgers is as sharp as he was on Sunday night, there's not much that can stop him, especially the Chicago defense, which is long in the tooth in too many spots and toothless in too many others. When the corners weren't getting beat they were mugging the receivers. The pass rush couldn't get close to Rodgers.
His night ended early, but not before he etched his name into the record books once again with six touchdown passes in the first half. The first two went to actual tight ends, perish the thought. We even got a Brandon Bostick sighting in this one.
When the Bears finally scored in the third quarter, it broke a 66 straight point scoring barrage by the Pack over the two meetings this season. The Pack is so inside the Bears' heads right now, Velveeta is coming out all of their orifices.
Defensively, the show was just as brilliant. Dom Capers' unthinkable move of Clay Matthews to the inside paid off instantly, as the Claymaker made like a combination of Luke Kuechly and Troy Polamalu, a half step ahead of anyone else and was still lethal from the outside on passing downs. He led the team with nine solo tackles, two assisted ones and a sack. This move may be the one that energizes the entire defense in the back half of the season.
As usual, the Packers picked off Cutler a couple of times, the second one taken to the house by Casey Hayward to provide the double nickel score. The rout allowed the starters who played through injuries: Sitton, Lang and Burnett, to exit early and rest up for next week's challenge against the potent Eagles.
After surrendering 93 points in their last two games, the Bears are 3-6 and done for the season. It remains to be seen whether Mark Trestman survives this lost year. Two straight blowouts and an 0-3 home record doesn't provide much confidence in a long tenure at the helm in Chicago for the native of St. Louis Park.
The Packers couldn't possible have started the second half in a more spectacular fashion, tying the record for the most points they've ever scored at Lambeau. It looks like they came out of it unscathed and will be oozing with confidence when Mark Sanchez, LeSean McCoy and company come to town in week 11.
After a tough week personally, a laugher was precisely what the doctor ordered. I'd like to think my dad had a hand in this one from above. Nice work, Mel.