Well my fellow Cheeseheads, at least for our Packers, week 4 is in the books. After nearly giving all of us a heart attack in a close win last week against the Bengals, this week’s matchup featured the oldest rivalry in the NFL. Coming into the game, the all-time series between the two was deadlocked (94-94-6) with the Packers playing catch up since 1933. Last night the Pack broke through picking up win number 95, and in impressive fashion I might add. Both teams came into this showdown off victories. For the Packers, they were able to muster a 4th quarter comeback in Lambeau against the Cincinnati Bengals, taking them down 27-24 in OT and moved to 2-1 on the season. The Bears on the other hand, picked their first win of the season in the form of a 23-17 victory against a very tough opponent, the now 2-1 Pittsburgh Steelers.
Green Bay sure didn’t struggle getting things rolling early on, jumping out to a 14-0 lead with 9:00 remaining in the 1st quarter following a costly fumble on the first offensive play from Chicago. After a lengthy weather delay, the Packers got back to work with the help of their third-string rookie RB Aaron Jones, who found the end zone for his first career TD. Green Bay took a 21-7 lead into the half, and never looked back finishing off the Bears with a 35-14 victory.
- Aaron Rodgers– Aaron Rodgers came out looking sharp right from the get go, finding WR Davante Adams and WR Randall Cobb for touchdown strikes on back-to-back first quarter drives. The second half belonged to the dynamic duo as Rodgers found his favorite target WR Jordy Nelson for a pair of scores to seal this one. Aaron finished the day 18-26 for just 179 yards, but that was enough as he added 4 touchdowns.
- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix- One of the leaders on the defensive side of the ball, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was able to pick off his first pass of the season. A Mike Glennon pass to Kendall Wright sailed high and Ha Ha was able to capitalize, he also added 8 tackles, 1 TFL, and another pass deflection.
- Clay Matthews– While he didn’t fill the stat sheet with his 3 tackles, Clay Matthews is on my standout list because of his sack fumble of Glennon on the first play for the Bears. The play set a tone early on and helped give the Packers a two possession lead. The sack was also number 75 in Matthews’ illustrious career in Green Bay, setting a new Packers’ franchise record. Congratulations go out to Clay.
More Injuries for Green Bay
Ty Montgomery was knocked out in the first quarter with a chest injury, Montgomery started off the game with the hot hand getting the ball on five of the Packers first six plays. It was a shame to see him go down, and initial reports were that he may have broken one or more ribs on the play. Montgomery is officially listed as day-to-day.
Davante Adams was carted off the field on a stretcher late in the 3rd quarter after a very questionable (in my opinion DIRTY) helmet-to-helmet collision. Bears’ LB Danny Trevathan came into the play after Adams had already been corralled by a couple of Bears’ defenders and had his forward progress stopped, Trevathan lowered the crown of his helmet and struck Adams flush in the face mask, the hit looked terrible at first sight and upon review…it looked even worse. Trevathan was flagged on the play, and I fully expect to see the league office take serious action with either a fine, a suspension, or possibly both. Head Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday afternoon.“Davante Adams is technically in the concussion protocol,” so it remains unclear what his status will be. Fortunately for the banged up Packers, they will have a few additional days to heal up.
Next week: Green Bay(3-1) will travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys(2-1) in a rematch of a very exciting NFC Divisional round matchup, which the Packers won on a 51 yard Field Goal from Mason Crosby as time expired.
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