Packers: Positives, negatives from Week 10 win over Bears

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 12: Davante Adams
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 12: Davante Adams /

What were the biggest positives and negatives from the Green Bay Packers’ Week 10 victory over the Chicago Bears?

The Packers finally got things back in track after beating the Bears to end their three-game losing streak. Green Bay improved to 5-4 with the win against its arch rivals.

After three straight losses, the pitchforks were out in Packers News. But after dropping games to Minnesota, New Orleans and Detroit, two of them at home, the Packers finally regrouped for a win last week.

Here are some positives and negatives from the game.

Positive: Brett Hundley

Brett Hundley finally looked like an NFL quarterback against Chicago. Albeit against a suspect defense, the Bears have a better defensive unit than the Packers and could give most backup quarterbacks a hard time on the road. Hundley stayed poised during a tight, tense game.

Hundley went 18-25 for 212 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. He made two great throws that have been by far the best of his career to this point. Both were to Davante Adams, including a back-shoulder t pass to the end zone which if you blinked looked like it was Aaron Rodgers on the field.

Hundley also stuck the dagger into the chest of the Bears on the final possession, hooking up with Adams again on a deep ball down the sidelines for a 42-yard gain.

Negative: Aaron Jones

As if the Packers needed any more injuries, rookie phenom Aaron Jones sprained his MCL early in the game. Jones avoided an ACL injury, saving his season. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, he is currently expected to miss 3-6 weeks. This only continues the seemingly endless trend in Green Bay, that every time a young running back seems to get his career off to a solid start, he goes down with an injury.

Ty Montgomery also re-injured his ribs against the Bears. Mike McCarthy was forced to turn to another rookie, Jamal Williams out of BYU. Williams was solid when given his opportunities, rushing the ball 20 times for 67 yards.

The Packers may even have to trot out Devante Mays onto the field against the Ravens this coming Sunday. The uncertainty at running back never seems to end, and Jones’ injury only adds to this problem.

Positive: Nick Perry

Finally, Nick Perry arrived on the scene in 2017. After receiving a huge contract in the offseason from, Perry had been having his worst season at outside linebacker since being drafted in the first round. He finally answered the bell against the Bears with three sacks.

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The Packers need Perry to be better as a run defender as well. With Clay Matthews aging and too banged up to make enough of a difference at the other outside linebacker spot, the team needs Perry to be more effective than he has been so far this season. This past Sunday was a start.

Negative: Geronimo Allison

The Packers have to be incredibly disappointed in the lack of involvement from Geronimo Allison. Towards the end of last season, Allison looked like he was developing into an excellent fourth receiver in Green Bay. Allison had an awful game against the Falcons in Week 2, but responded with a big performance in the fourth quarter and overtime a week later against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Allison has disappeared from the Packers’ offense. Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Jordy Nelson and Trevor Davis have seen the majority of the snaps at wide receiver. The Packers drafted DeAngelo Yancey and Malachi Dupre out of Purdue and LSU, but neither made the team. Jeff Janis has slid out of rotation, and Davis hasn’t been much of a receiving threat.

The Packers need their fourth receiver to step up.

Positive: Packers beat the Bears again

Standings aside, it’s always great when the Packers beat the Bears. Mike McCarthy continues his fantastic record against his arch rival, getting yet another win on the road at Soldier Field. The Packers have not lost a game in Chicago since Week 3 of the 2011 season. Earlier this season, the team pulled ahead of the Bears for the lead in the all-time series, and after another victory this past Sunday, they now lead 96-94-6.

The Packers have absolutely owned the Bears under the McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers regime. McCarthy is 18-7 against the Bears, with his signature win coming in Chicago against the Bears in the NFC Championship in 2011. As the Bears continue their rebuild, Brett Hundley and the Packers delivered a crucial win to help keep their playoff hopes alive.

Negative: Davon House

Green Bay’s secondary is still bad after all these years. Colossal draft misses on Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins are the biggest reason why, and while Kevin King looks like he may be a long term answer at the position, the rookie out of Washington has been battling injury problems all season so far.

House was brought in to be a veteran presence on the back end to help the defense get past the rookie learning curve. So far, he hasn’t provided much. House got burned badly for a touchdown last Sunday by the Bears.

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