It didn’t take long for a nation of apprehensive Green Bay Packers fans to exhale, as the Bears fumbled twice within the first 10 minutes and paved the way for a 35-14 victory in which the home team dominated a shell-shocked division rival that never seemed to get on track.
Falling behind early didn’t work in favor of a run-heavy offense intent on leaning on its dynamic backfield duo of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, as the Packers made use of lots of base four-man fronts to neutralize the opponent’s two biggest weapons.
But beyond any of their defensive accomplishments, the boys from Packers News deserve much praise for their protection of Aaron Rodgers who, with the exception of a handful of pressures and a couple of sacks, was able to safely operate behind center until giving way to backup Brett Hundley in the fourth quarter.
Other positive developments included the triumphant return of a visibly fresh Randall Cobb to the lineup, who ran sharp routes in a performance that saw him connect with his quarterback on 4 receptions for 44 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Also making a comeback was outside linebacker Nick Perry, who chipped with four tackles despite playing with a cumbersome cast on his right hand.
The running back may have suffered broken ribs as a result of a forceful hit to the chest area on the first drive of the game.
Adams, on the other hand, was on the receiving end of a vicious blow on the part of linebacker Danny Trevathan, who unnecessarily struck the receiver whose progress had already been halted by other Bear defenders after catching the ball with his back to the goal line.
The fourth-year wideout was knocked out cold and was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation, but initial reports indicated that Adams was conscious and had movement in all his extremities.
All in all, the Packers get an opportunity to heal up with an extended 10-day’s rest before their highly anticipated Week 5 showdown with the Cowboys in Big D.
But before jumping forward to the next game, it never hurts to reflect on numerous situations that are presently affecting both individual players as well as the entire team.
Take a seat and buckle up, as we run down the top five lessons learned from Green Bay’s Thursday night win.