How much did the Packers miss Jermichael Finley and Ryan Grant last season?
Well, not enough to keep the team from winning the Super Bowl.
How much value do the two bring back to the team this season?
How does three touchdowns to Finley today and 93 tough yards on the ground by Grant sound?
It sounds like pretty good and enough to send the Packers to 3-0 in a huge divisional win over their longtime rival, the Chicago Bears, 27-17.
Though running back James Starks had his number rung up by the Bears defense today, it was Ryan Grant who had the hot hand, giving the Packers just enough on the ground to soften the Bears’ defense and allowing Aaron Rodgers to throw for 298 yards, with three touchdowns – all three going to Finley.
Another key to the Packers’ win was the stingy run defense thrown up by the Packers. With the key to the game being able to control Matt Forte, the Bears best offensive threat, the defense did just that – holding Forte to just 4 yards rushing.
Part of the success against Forte were the slashing tackles Clay Matthews made on Forte early in the game, setting the tone and demonstrating the Packers’ commitment to stopping the run.
Though Bears QB Jay Cutler hit some big plays, he also was forced into some bad throws that resulted in turnovers. The Packers weren’t as dominant at the point of attack in the pass rush as they have shown in the past, but the team picked up some sacks at critical moments that helped turn the tide in this game.
With the win, the Packers stay in a tie for the NFC North Division lead with the Detroit Lions who eked out an overtime win today at Minnesota.
The Lions have their hands full next week with a game at Dallas, while the Packers head home to host the Denver Broncos.