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Injury-Riddled Packers Dominate Bears

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Injury-Riddled Packers Handle Bears

The Green Bay Packers won their first divisional matchup this season against the Bears at Lambeau Field. Aaron Rodgers was magnificent behind an injury-riddled offensive line that started four guards and a center. Following a hot start, the Packers defense controlled Chicago’s offense throughout the game, forcing multiple turnovers while capitalizing on the mistakes made by the Bears. However, it was the injury report and one play, in particular, that would headline the game.

Big Win, Big Injuries

There seems to be a theme brewing in the Packers locker room, and it is not a pretty sight. The Pack added more key players to their injury report following their victory over the Bears. First to fall was running back Ty Montgomery, who had to step off the field early after breaking ribs. His backup, Jamaal Williams, would not last long either following a knee injury in the second quarter. Key linebacker Joe Thomas would be forced to leave after also suffering a knee injury. Thomas left after making a crucial pass defense early in the game.
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Davante Adams suffered a gruesome helmet-to-helmet hit from Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan. As a result of the hit, Adams briefly lost consciousness and immediately dropped to the ground as the stadium fell to a hush. Albeit a terrifying injury, Adams had feeling and movement his extremities following the hit. However, he was transported to a local hospital where he will undergo further testing for neck and spinal injuries.

Matthews, Defense Lead The Way

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While the Packers struggled to get pressure on Mike Glennon, Clay Matthews got home early. His first-quarter strip sack set up Green Bay’s second score of the game in a hurry. Matthews would notch several hurries on the day, becoming the Packers all-time sack leader in the process.

Green Bay’s defense was a force in this game, capitalizing on an opportunity as it presented itself. Matthews forced the fumble recovered by Jake Ryan on the Bears six-yard line. Also, a fumbled snap was scooped up by linebacker Blake Martinez. When Glennon was careless with the ball, Kentrell Brice and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix took advantage. Both would come down with their first interception of the year.

Green Bay’s run defense made waves as they shut down a dangerous running back in Jordan Howard. With Glennon completing just one pass more than 20 yards, the Dom Capers defense stuffed the box. The team stifled Howard at the line, allowing just 53 yards on his 18 carries.

Rodgers Leads Efficient Offense

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Aaron Rodgers only attempted 26 passes on the night, completing 18 of them for just 179 yards and four touchdowns. Yes, that is right, four touchdowns on a mere 18 completions and 179 yards. Rodgers made the most of his opportunities as the Packers would score a touchdown each time they reached the red zone. With an injury-riddled offensive line, it was important to get the ball out quickly, and Rodgers did just that. According to Pro Football Focus, Rodgers got the ball out in an average of 2.28 seconds after the snap. His quick passing game was effective, with multiple receivers being the beneficiaries. Jordy Nelson would catch a pair of touchdowns along with a 58-yard completion in the first half. Davante Adams and Randall Cobb caught the other two touchdowns thrown by Rodgers. The big free agent Martellus Bennett was a target hog, hauling in six of his seven targets for 39 yards.

Additionally, Aaron Jones saw his first taste of extended action once Jamaal Williams went down. He provided a spark in the running game, posting 13 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown. Considering the Packers injury-riddled backfield, Jones could be a big playmaker for the Cheeseheads going forward.

Up Next . . .

The Pack will travel to Arlington, Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. You can catch Week 5 action October 8th at 4:25 p.m. (ET) on FOX.