Passing attack gets clowned after huge boasting leading up to the game: If you going to talk a big game you have to back it up Jay Cutler!
The Bears offense continued the trend of being owned by Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers. Cutler didn’t get much help from his offensive line and wide receivers, but when he did have time to throw, we saw Cutler make some absolute terrible passes.
A frustrated Cutler never got on track as the game went on. The Packers successfully took away his favorite target in wide receiver Brandon Marshall. The Packers would shut down Marshall by blanketing him with a safety on nearly every single passing play.
If Cutler and this Chicago passing offense want to succeed, someone else has to step up when defenses successfully take away Marshall. This offense can’t be explosive when depending on one guy.
The Bears Defensive Line is for real: Getting overshadowed in the loss is that the Bears have a pretty good D-Line. Head coach Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli continue to run the “Dan Ryan” package, rotating Julius Peppers inside with Defensive Tackle Henry Melton on the outside at defensive end.
A new wrinkle the Bears roll out there was a formation of three defensive linemen, two Linebackers, and using their rookie first round pick Shea McClellin to roam around the line to find match-ups.
The defensive line managed to rack up five sacks, and put enough pressure on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to where he couldn’t get into a good rhythm. The Bears might have one of the more athletic defensive line’s in the league, to the point where Lovie can play with a lot of different line combinations.
Game balls to an offensive and defensive player: Michael Bush rushed for 54 yards on 14 carries. He’s going to be depended on a lot with star running back Matt Forte suffering a high ankle sprain in the contest.
On defense, Peppers and McClellin deserve to share the defensive game ball. Peppers was a force out there despite being double and triple teams on most occasions. I mentioned in my match-up article that McClellin might play a big impact and he did on many occasions. It should give the kid great confidence moving forward.
Overall analysis on the game: For some Bears fans, it is always depressing to see the team lose to a hated division rival like the Packers, but at the same time it is only week 2. The good news is that the defense even with Brian Urlacher being a liability at times out there, is still a solid one.
The offense got to chalk up this embarrassment as a learning experience moving forward. It still has pretty good talent on it, but needs to be more discipline, and that’s including offensive coordinator and quarterbacks Coach Mike Tice and Jeremy Bates.