Loser: Chicago Bears
Chicago suffered one of the more devastating opening-week losses in recent memories. They were controlling their prime time matchup against the Green Bay Packers only to suffer a late-game loss.
The Bears jumped out of the gate both offensively and defensively. Their defense was playing with a ton of speed and putting pressure on Aaron Rodgers.
They even knocked Rodgers out of the lineup at one point which lead to two turnovers. Khalil Mack was a monster registering a sack fumble and an interception for a touchdown. All the hype heading into the game appeared to be real.
This extended to the Bears newly constructed offense. Mitch Trubisky led them on an opening drive touchdown which features a lot of exotic looks.
However, things fell apart in the second half when Rodgers returned to the lineup. Chicago’s pass rush disappeared and the secondary couldn’t make any stops. The offense lost its rhythm with a lot of check downs getting utilized.
Trubisky became hesitant in the pocket and preferred to tuck and run rather than hang in the pocket.
The playcalling also was a bit off as Chicago moved away from a running game that was picking up big chunks of yardage. This isn’t the sky-is-falling type of situation, but the Bears had a chance to secure a major week one win and let it slip through their fingers.