Packers: Top five performers vs. Bears in season opener win
By Jesse Fry
Game one, win one for Matt LaFleur. Defense came ready, the offense didn’t. Who starred in Week 1 for the Green Bay Packers?
The game, by some, was considered a boring affair. A 10-3 game doesn’t exactly scream fireworks. But a victory against a division rival is always sweet.
Matt LaFleur’s first win came off the strength of the defense. Yes, LaFleur was hired for his offensive prowess, but holding on to Mike Pettine was always viewed as a positive. And this game proved why.
For those on the side that it’s better to rest the starters in the preseason to avoid injury, should really look at this game. Plays where there, I repeat they were there. Holes were there for the running backs, wide receivers were open, but the execution wasn’t there. Things that could have been worked out in the preseason were left for Week 1.
Rust was a main theme of the opening game. This is not to discredit the Bears defense, they were good. But it felt like missed opportunity was just as much of a theme as good to great defense.
Outside of two drives, the Packers offense did nothing. There were rookie mistakes by the new head coach, bad protection and the age old problems of an MVP quarterback trying to do too much.
New additions, Ted are you listening? Ted, I don’t mean to rub salt, but wake up fella, free agents can make a difference. And they were.
As a Packers fan, I was very excited to watch this game. This was the type of game the Packers usually lose. Offense can’t score and it finishes 10-17. But it didn’t — the Packers won 10-3.
The defense was primed and ready to meet the task of a top-five defense from last season. And in worse conditions nonetheless. Time after time, Pettine’s defense was put on the wrong side of the 50-yard line and still only gave up three points. That’s good defense. There are kinks to be worked out for sure, but with the first showing, there are many positives.
Here are the top five performers from Week 1.