With an absolutely astounding running game and some help from the defense, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears, 37-3 at Lambeau Field. Ryan Grant passed the 100 yard mark in the first half, and the struggling Bears offense simply couldn’t make anything happen on their side of the ball. A second quarter field goal was all that Kyle Orton and crew were able to generate all day.
The first quarter was all Packers, with the offense holding on to the ball for 8:44 total possession time. This wisdom continued for the entire game, with the Bears total possession time for the game coming to 22:32 as opposed to 37:28 for the Pack.
Aaron Rodgers was picked off once, and Kyle Orton fumbled once. The only difference was that Rodgers’ interception, midway through the second quarter, only led to a punt, but the Orton fumbled yielded yet another Packers touchdown.
Obviously the offensive line has found a rhythm, and the changes at linebacker apparently were positive, as well. Another key change was that Green Bay was only penalized 6 times for 55 yards, while Chicago was backed up 8 times, for a total of 65 yards.
I had mentioned earlier this week that this game was pivotal. Obviously the Pack took note, because they really came through. Rodgers still threw the ball very well – 23 of 30 for 227 – but the game was much less dependent on his arm due to 200 yards of rushing from Grant, Brandon Jackson, and John Kuhn.
Packers fans have much to be pleased with today. The team will now look to a big Monday night game next week at New Orleans. The Bears will be on the road at St.Louis.