As a result of a loss from overtime against the Indianapolis Colts last week, the Green Bay Packers paired the Chicago Bears with a 41-25 win to take the lead in the northern NFC. The Packers have entered week 12 with a 3-3 balance in their last six games, but have set up their division rival enough to look like a serious playoff racer.
The attack by Aaron Rodgers and the Packers garnered 35 or more points for the sixth time this season. More importantly, judging by his performance tonight, the defense seems to be rounding up.
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HISTORY OF THE GAME
Aaron Rodgers got off to a hot start, finishing the first half with 15 to 18 with 128 yards and three touchdowns. The same cannot be said of Mitchell Trubisky, who threw an interception and made two worthy games for the half.
It looked like the Packers midfielder’s defense had jeopardized the team’s chances of winning when David Montgomery had scored a high 57 yards in his first half of the Bears since his career. Instead, Matt Nagy stayed away from him until it was too late, despite Montgomery reaching 90 miles from eight taps in the first two quarters. The second-year pro could take advantage of the real weakness in the Packers ’defense – forcing their linebackers to cover up in space. Christian Kirksey struggled in particular, with Trubisky scoring 10 out of 10 passes against the veteran in the first review, 82 yards and two touchdowns.
Nothing disturbed the rhythm of the Packers ’attack, not even Corey Linsley’s injury in the first quarter. Elgton Jenkins, who played at least 25 snaps along the line of attack in all positions, slid from guard to center in Linsley’s absence, and the unit continued to roll.
With his great control, the Chicago attack has regressed in each of the past three seasons, and the Packers ’defense seemed atypically dominant thanks to three takedowns and Preston Smith. Sophomore security Darnell Savage also collected two arrests and dismissed everything.
He ended up with nine tight either touchdowns, 50 or more yards, or both against the Chicago defense in 11 weeks. Robert Tonyan, who started his fourth game of the season with five or more catches, continued his latest form tonight when he caught a 39-yard touchdown pass in the second half and finished the game with five catches to 67 yards and one point. .
The Packers attack turned into a dynamic running attack at the end of the third quarter, with a 24-point lead. The front of Green Bay harassed Chicago in the ditch, allowing Rogers to finish the game untouched and the back defenders rushing 163 yards and touching the combined 34 carry. The success of Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams on the field fed back into the pass game and gave Rodgers the opportunity to make three touchdown passes during the play-action.
Jon Runyan Jr. came in to watch the game when Jenkins came in to replace him. Runyan Jr. appeared for 48 moments and only let a defender beat him twice.
Davante Adams is PFF’s top-rated wide receiver for Week 11 (91.8), and Jaylon Johnson got a taste of his ability in this game. The five-time-targeted Johnson allowed three catches for 24 yards and a touchdown. Cole Kmet appears to be firmly in the Bears starting streak, with 51 and 28 out of 65 attacks more than his teammate Jimmy Graham. Darnell Mooney didn’t contribute much to the box-score production, but his 55 snaps indicate that behind Allen Robinson II, WR2 looks like Chicago.
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