The Green Bay Packers were defeated at home last night by the Chicago Bears in a game that was filled with injuries. The biggest injury in the game came to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He was sacked on the first drive of the game and left instantly with a shoulder injury.
At that point in the game the Packers had a 3-0 lead, but everyone knew that if Rodgers were to miss the game it would be a battle the Packers would have to win on the ground and with defense. The run game worked great, the defense, not so much.
The Packers finished the game with 199 total yards on the ground. Rookie Eddie Lacy, who continues to prove he can be a workhorse, finished with 150 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, his great performance fell short as the Packers allowed 27 points to the Bears offense who had Jay Cutler on the sideline with a groin injury. The final score had many people questioning the Packers defense. However, I saw it completely different.
With backup quarterback Seneca Wallace playing absolutely horrendous, the Packers were forced to try and pound their way to a victory. It worked out for the most part, but the Bears were able to stack the box and eventually slowed down the run game to make Wallace use his arm to beat them. Wallace could not, and because of his lack of throwing abilities there were plenty of three-and-outs to go around which forced the defense to stay on the field for a long time.
The Bears had the ball for over 33 minutes in the game, and the Packers defense showed late that they were getting tired. You cannot be on the field that long and expect a defense to make stops every time. I am not making any excuses for the defense, but any football fan knows that when your defense is on the field for that long they eventually will get beat. The Packers defense did just that.
It was a tough loss for the Packers, but in reality they are still tied for first place in the division and I believe they will respond. The defense has played well all season long and this bump in the road will only make them hungrier. They will get healthy and get back to their ways. No need to panic just yet in Green Bay.