Winners and losers from Packers’ win over the Bears
By Tj Ray
Death, taxes, and Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers beating the Chicago Bears. Three things we can always rely on.
The Bears had a great first half but could never pull away from Green Bay and the Packers ended up winning 45-30. Despite a dismal performance by special teams, the Packers came away with another W. We can confidently say that Aaron Rodgers does in fact own the Bears.
Here are the winners and losers from Sunday night:
Winner: Head coach Matt LaFleur
Matt LaFleur is now 6-0 against the Bears, sweeping them in all three of his first seasons as head coach. He’s also now the first coach in Packers’ history to win 10 or more games in his first three seasons.
Loser: Special teams
The entire special teams crew deserves the title of biggest loser on the night. It is nothing short of a miracle that the Packers ended up running away with this game with how many times the special teams tried to give it away.
They gave up a 97-yard punt return for a touchdown and two kick returns for more than 40 yards. Amari Rodgers muffed a punt and Marquez Valdes-Scantling allowed the Bears to recover an onside kick. A kickoff was kicked out of bounds, giving the Bears the ball on the 40.
You can get away with this kind of stuff against a team like the Bears, but come playoff time these kinds of mistakes will be fatal.
Winner: CB Rasul Douglas
Rasul Douglas returned an interception for a touchdown for the second time in as many games. He jumped a route, picking off Justin Fields and taking the rock to the house in the first half of the game.
It was his third interception on the season. He also broke up two passes and assisted on two tackles. Considering the Packers signed Douglas off of Arizona’s practice squad, he’s looking like an absolute steal.
Loser: Offensive Line
The offensive line actually played pretty well, giving Rodgers clean pockets for all four of his touchdown passes and only allowing the QB to be pressured six times on 40 passes. The reason the group shows up in the loser column is because right tackle Billy Turner went down during the game, leaving the Packers with only one of their preferred starting offensive linemen, rookie Royce Newman.
The Packers are already without left tackle David Bakhtiari, left guard Elgton Jenkins, and center Josh Myers. Bakhtiari and Myers could return to the field before the end of the season, but right now the offensive line is decimated.
Winner: LB De’Vondre Campbell
De’Vondre Campbell returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list and racked up 16 tackles. He was flying all over the field and was a major reason the Bears couldn’t get the ground game going.
Loser: Aaron Rodgers’ toe
Aaron Rodgers proved once again that he owns the Bears. He threw for 321 yards and four touchdowns on a fractured left pinky toe. He suffered some sort of setback on the toe injury during the game.
Asked if his toe was feeling better after the game he said, “No, it feels worse. I don’t know what kind of setback that I had tonight but we’ll look at it tomorrow. But definitely took a step back tonight.”
He maintained that surgery is a last resort. We will probably know more soon about how big of a setback he suffered during the game, but Rodgers seems adamant that he won’t need to miss any time.