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Week 10: Packers Hold Off Bears For Hundley’s First Win

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Packers Fend Off Bears In First Win Since Rodgers Injury


After a three-game skid, the Packers held off the Bears 23-16 for their first win since losing Aaron Rodgers. An early field goal from Mason Crosby would give the Packers the first lead of the game, and they did not look back. The win was aided by a bit of late-game magic from Brett Hundley and Davante Adams. A late fourth-quarter touchdown would put the game out of reach for the Bears. However, the win came at the cost of the running back corps, as injuries dismantled the depth chart. The appearance of the pass rush was great to see emerge as the Packers earned a sweet win on the road.

Hundley Shines Under Center, Gives Offense Life

The new starting quarterback for the Packers earned his first win leading the offense. Brett Hundley rose to the occasion after a few flat games as the leader of the Green Bay offense. The 110.8 passer rating posted by Hundley was his highest on the season. While he did not amaze under center, he was accurate when he needed to be. Reminiscent of a proper game manager, Hundley completed 18 of his 25 passes for 212 yards. A late touchdown with 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter proved to be the play of the game. Hundley rolled right to find Davante Adams near the front pylon to seal the win. Adams made the most of his opportunity as well, taking his five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown, which were all game highs.

Running Backs Fall To Injury

While the Packers have had options in the running game, that may be coming to a close. Aaron Jones posted 12 yards on three carries before exiting the game with a knee injury. Sadly, the team would lose Ty Montgomery after he filled in for Jones. Monty was able to scamper off for a 37-yard touchdown before leaving the game after re-injuring his ribs.

Once choosing between two starting backs, the Packers won’t have Aaron Jones for 3 to 6 weeks Sporting News reports. Ty Montgomery is dealing with broken ribs that put his availability in question going forward. Jamaal Williams looks to take over the starting position in the meantime. The running game suffered with Williams as the premier back, as he posted 67 yards on 20 carries. However, he was close to breaking away on a few runs in Chicago. Looking forward, Williams could be a huge difference maker. His vision looked much improved from preseason as he displayed much more consistency.

Pass Rush Revival

The Packers pass rush showed up big in their first win since losing Aaron Rodgers. Three sacks could be attributed to directly to Nick Perry, who was a menace off the edge. Once again it was Mike Daniels who consistently showed up through each play. His 87.7 rating from Pro Football Focus led his team once again. His dominance as both a pass rusher and run stopper was evident. A stop on a quarter of his rushing opportunities paired with four hurries in the passing game helped lead the Packers to a big win.

Recap

The Pack played their most complete game since losing their perennial MVP, Aaron Rodgers. The defense held down a dangerous runner in Jordan Howard while containing the passing offense. Their five sacks were the most in a game this season. Backup Brett Hundley posted his best performance of the season. Most importantly, his late-game touchdown to Davante Adams sealed the win. Green Bay looks to continue their success next week when the Ravens visit Lambeau.

 


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