Initial Reactions: Packers vs. Bears 9.27.10
The Packers dropped their first game of the season to the Chicago Bears by a score of 20-17.
The defense. Dom Capers dialed up blitzes throughout the first half, and forced the Bears offense into making mistakes. The defense failed to pressure Jay Cutler in the second half, however, and he was able to do just enough to lead his team to victory.
I can’t think of anything else.
Penalties. Penalties. Penalties. 18 for 152 yards, to be exact. A new Packers record for number of penalties. Mistakes cost the Packers this game.
The running game. 15 attempts for 63 yards is not going to cut it, especially when your quarterback accounted for 20 of those yards. The Packers need to do something about the running back situation. It would be very un-Thompson-like to make a trade during the season, but at this point, he has to at least consider it.
Special Teams. One word to describe the unit would be “atrocious.” A blocked field goal, allowing Devin Hester to return a punt for a touchdown, and even the kickoff unit got in on the penalty action.
The Packers offense was on the field the entire night, but only came up with 17 points. To put it simply, Mike McCarthy was out-coached tonight. This is a tough loss to swallow, but it’s only week 3. And look at the bright side, the Packers play the Lions next week.