ReFo: Bears @ Packers, Week 10
Both teams entered this game looking to rebound from a heavy defeat prior to their bye weeks. From early on it was obvious that only one team would get their season back on track as the Packers compounded Chicago’s four touchdown defeat in New England by putting another 50 points on their defense after the bye.
The Packers showed their quick strike ability with two touchdowns in little more than three minutes in the first quarter either side of a Chicago turnover, a blow that the Bears never recovered from. Aaron Rodgers’ six first half scores were paired with terrific games from the likes of Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews on defense in what was ultimately a supremely comfortable victory.
Chicago Bears – Performances of Note
Brandon Marshall, WR: +1.4
Breakdown: One positive from that debacle for the Bears last night was the return to form of Brandon Marshall who notched only his second 100 yard game of the season. Marshall looked at his powerful best after the catch, breaking three tackles to take his season total to eight, all of them in his last four games.
Signature Play: Got the Bears’ only offensive touchdown at 7:57 in the third, high-pointing a jump ball against Sam Shields before putting him down with a stiff arm and lunging through Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s tackle for a 45 yard score.
Jared Allen, DE: -0.4
Breakdown: Busts on the back end allowed the Packers to pile up the points, but a lack of pressure up front gave Aaron Rodgers ample time to work. Allen racked up seven pressures (3 Ht, 4 Hu) in Green Bay last season, but could only pick up three hurries last night as his struggle to make a consistent impact as a pass rusher in Chicago continues.
Signature Stat: After eight starts with the Bears, Allen has 26 pressures on 260 pass rushes. His pass rush productivity score is 7.7, a small drop on his 8.0 with the Vikings last season.
Jay Cutler, QB: -5.1
Breakdown: For as good as Cutler was last season he has been that bad this season with only his display against the Falcons’ leaky defense a reminder of last year’s form. Though he was unfortunate with the bounce on his pick six he also got lucky with a pair of dropped picks from Casey Hayward and Davon House in a performance that offered little positive from Cutler himself.
Signature Stat: With no pressure (27-of-41 dropbacks) Cutler earned a passing grade of -4.1, completing only 15-of-26 for 158 yards and an interception.
Green Bay Packers – Performances of Note
Jordy Nelson, WR: +3.6
Breakdown: The Bears will be glad to see the back of Nelson as he stretched his season totals against Chicago to 16-of-18 targets for 260 yards and four touchdowns. Exploiting breakdowns in the Chicago secondary for each of his scores Nelson also put his work in on Eddie Lacy’s touchdown, getting the final block on Kyle Fuller to ensure Lacy reached the goal-line.
Signature Play: Snagged his two scores in the space of three second quarter minutes, his second (Q2 12:09) toeing the sideline of the endzone with he and Rodgers assuming Ryan Mundy would be closer on the play.
Clay Matthews, LB: +4.0
Breakdown: Splitting his time between inside & outside linebacker Matthews was a problem for the Bears where ever he lined up, making plays in every phase of the game. His seven defensive stops tied a career high (Week 1 2013 at SF) and the Bears failed to exploit him in coverage, completing only one pass for 3 yards on three targets into his coverage.
Signature Play: Recorded two sacks in the game, the one that stood out (Q1 0:54) saw him beat Jermon Bushrod quickly to the outside on a third down feigning inside and then stepping out with Bushrod off balance to take down Cutler.
Julius Peppers, OLB: +7.0
Breakdown: Against his former employers Peppers rolled back the years with a big game as a pass rusher, earning his highest overall grade since he arrived in Green Bay. His four pressures (1 Sk, 1 Ht, 2 Hu) included a strip sack of Cutler as well as batting a pass and deflecting another that led to the Packers’ first interception.
Signature Play: Set the Packers up for their final score in the first half rounding Michael Ola at right tackle and closing to a hesitant Jay Cutler to force a fumble which he recovered at the Bears’ 42.
PFF Game Ball
Not to be left out of the prolific passing displays we have seen of late Aaron Rodgers put on a clinic in the first half, exploiting breakdowns in the Bears’ secondary with ruthless efficiency.
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