Tonight’s game looked like the Green Bay Packers were going to roll over the Chicago Bears since they are missing starting quarterback Jay Cutler and outside linebacker Lance Briggs.
During the first drive of the game, Green Bay’s fans got somewhat of a taste of how Chicago fans feel. After seeing Aaron Rodgers go down, the crowd was nearly silent as he was taken down by second year defensive end Shea McClellin and looked to be in some obvious pain. He ran towards the sidelines and was looked at trainers then minutes later was seen jogging to the locker room.
With Rodgers exiting the game, backup quarterback Seneca Wallace stepped up for the Packers as the game turned into the ‘Battle of the Backups’.
Green Bay’s running game kept them into the game with a huge night by rookie running back Eddie Lacy. Lacy was able to beat up Chicago Bears running defense that has done surprisingly bad so far this season.
On Chicago’s first drive of the game, they were able to find a way to get the ball into the end zone. Tonight, back up quarterback Josh McCown brought his style of play from Washington into Green Bay. He stepped up and did pretty well against this tough Packers defense as he passed for over 200 yards again and threw for a couple touchdowns.
Brandon Marshall stepped up tonight for Chicago as he brought in over 100 plus receiving yards with a touchdown of his own.
Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte had 50 plus receiving yards themselves, scoring a touchdown each. Jeffery caught a pass in the corner of the end zone that made the score 20-14.
Matt Forte has rushed for over 120 rushing yards with one touchdown in the second quarter that gave Chicago the lead once again.
Wallace struggled to find his targets to start off after Rodgers went down as he had a pass tipped by Julius Peppers which resulted in him intercepting the pass himself.
He finally got things going as he was able to find receivers Jordy Nelson, Andrew Quarless, James Jones, Jarrett Boykin and rookie Myles White for a combined 99 passing yards.
Veteran running back James Starks helped get Green Bay on the board after their special teams blocked a Adam Podlesh punt.
Chicago ended up kicking a field goal with under 50 seconds left in the game after driving down field with some big help by Brandon Marshall and the legs of Matt Forte.
Josh McCown – 272 passing yards, two touchdowns
Matt Forte – 24 carries, 125 rushing yards with one touchdown
Brandon Marshall – seven receptions, 107 receiving yards and one touchdown
Alshon Jeffery – five receptions, 60 receiving yards and one touchdown
Eddie Lacy – 22 carries, 150 yards and one rushing touchdown
James Starks – six carries, 40 rushing yards and one touchdown
Aaron Rodgers will be looked at throughout the week as Jay Cutler looks to start against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Chicago, Green Bay and Detroit all three sit at the top of the NFC North. This Sunday’s game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears will be held at Soldier Field and will determine who could take soul possession of first place.