Green Bay Packers Week Four Silver Linings
By Jamie Wright
Aaron Rodgers before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field last Sunday. Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports photograph
I still believe that Packers Nation was justified in feeling a little jaded by Aaron Rodgers’ comments earlier in the week, telling fans to R-E-L-A-X and let the offense find its groove.
However, if Rodgers was going to tell everyone to relax, he had a masterful way of following that statement up in a feel-good win against da Bears. Rodgers put on a clinic, carving up the Bears defense like a renowned surgeon.
He finished the day 22-of-28 for 302 yards and 4 touchdowns, a pair each to Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb [and a 48-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams that was brought back because of an offensive line holding penalty].
Even without third receiver, Jarrett Boykin, out with a knee injury, Rodgers and Co. were seamless. Davante Adams stepped in and gained some confidence, Richard Rodgers had a key 43-yard reception to start the offensive day and Eddie Lacy was even utilized in the passing game some.
Rodgers looked to be in mid-season form; if nothing else, this convincing offensive performance was a confidence booster for everyone who had been feeling out of sync the initial three weeks.
It is also a testament to the motivation of this offensive unit; even when they are down and out, nothing is going right … as Jordy Nelson stated earlier in the week, they “still believe in each other.”
That team unity and ability to check their sense of urgency at the door every week, was a big reason they were able to bounce back so quickly from a three-game skid.