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The Bears Den: September 29, 2014 - Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers week 4 news & notes

Matt Forte becomes only the second Bear in franchise history to gain 10,000 all-purpose yards from scrimmage (you can probably guess whom else managed that feat).

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These aren't your dad's Bears, Packers - Mike Imrem: Black and blue looked more like pretty pastels as the Packers and Bears combined for 854 total yards. Vince Lombardi and George Halas must have been wondering "what the heck is going on here?"

10 thoughts - Brad Biggs' thoughts after the Packers defeated the Bears for the fifth consecutive time at Soldier Field.

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Chicago Bears 17, Green Bay Packers 38

Aaron Rodgers, Packers blow by Bears - ( Rodgers had all the time he needed with five-time Pro Bowl DE Jared Allen sitting out because of an illness [with Video highlights].

Bears flattened by Packers in 2nd half - Larry Mayer: The Bears traded punches with the rival Packers for nearly a half before allowing 24 unanswered points in a disheartening 38-17 loss Sunday at Soldier Field.  Larry's pregame Q&As.

Game breakdown - The Tribune's drive charts, performances of note, and more from the game.

Game report - James Neveau: The Bears kept it close with the Packers early, but a second half surge carried Aaron Rodgers and company to an easy 38-17 victory.

Game report - Bob LeGere: Defeat at Soldier Field leaves both teams at 2-2, one game behind the Lions.

Game report - Not-Hub Arnold: Despite holding a serious edge in time in possession in the first half (21:04 compared to 8:56), the secondary struggled to contain Green Bay receivers.

Bears can’t stop Packers, fall to 2-2 - Patrick Finley: Whether the Bears recovered the onside kick wasn’t nearly as important as the rationale behind it. They weren’t going to outscore Rodgers without help — and, more than likely, their defense wasn’t going to provide it.

Rapid Reaction - Michael C. Wright with a few thoughts on the Bears' loss.  From the locker room.

Game review - Jeff Dickerson with five things we learned in the loss to the Packers.

Game review - Dan Durkin: In a game where defense was clearly optional, the Bears offense had to be perfect Sunday against the Packers. For one half, they nearly were.

Game review - Adam Hoge: New year. New defense. Same result against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Packers blow up Bears storylines - Dan Bernstein: Everything is awful.

Same old Jay, same old defense, same old joke - Steven Rosenbloom: It’s hard to figure out who killed the Bears more, Rodgers or Cutler.

Bears follow familiar, self-destructing script in loss to Packers - Moon Mullin: Once is chance; twice is coincidence; three times is enemy action. Four times is Bears-Packers.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin: Aaron Rodgers was the difference maker; loss not on Jay Cutler.

[Video] PostGame Live - Opening thoughts on Bears' loss to Green Bay.

Cutler; offense

Jay Cutler's first interception set rout in motion - Michael C. Wright: The Bears were very much in the hunt Sunday, trailing just 24-17 with 7:39 left in the third quarter, when a deflection led to an interception by Clay Matthews.

Cutler can't measure up - Jon Greenberg: Jay Cutler had to be perfect, or close to it. Instead, Cutler was Cutler, a victim of circumstance as fortune smiled upon his opponent.

Cutler could keep up with Rodgers only for a half - Rick Morrissey: What happened Sunday at Soldier Field isn’t all on Jay Cutler, but if he wants to be the elite QB the Bears insist he is, then he can’t do what he did against the Packers.

Lots of Bears to blame, but it starts with Cutler - Brad Biggs: There is plenty of blame to spread around, and we're not even touching defensive issues here. But the Bears have a superior cast of offensive weapons and they did not come close.

[Video] ESPN - Ron Jaworski: Marc Trestman has to get Jay Cutler to cut down on his mistakes.

[Video] PostGame Live - Jim Miller: 15 on 6.

A day of confusion for Bears as they fall to Packers - Dan Wiederer: On a disjointed afternoon, Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler disconnected at a critical moment.

Marc Trestman: Bears 'just came up short' at end of half - Michael C. Wright: The Bears strolled to the locker room behind four points, after Martellus Bennett's second-effort stretch failed to yield a TD as time expired.

Bears come up just short on Bennett's almost-TD - Not-Hub Fishbain: Martellus Bennett had a huge day with nine catches for 134 yards, but no TDs because of a big play by a Packers rookie and potentially an unlucky camera angle.

Bennett just misses TD, and Bears never recover - Rich Campbell: The Bears never recovered from a 3-minute, 50-second span in which their execution fell apart.

Bennett, Morgan ‘non-TDs’ prove costly - Mark Potash: In a mature offense, Jay Cutler throws to a wide-open Martellus Bennett all alone in the actual end zone. But the Bears aren’t there yet. After this game, the question is: how long before they get there?

Forte leads improved rushing attack - Mini-Larry: Against the Packers, the Bears' run-game had its best performance of the season, with several players pitching in to a record-setting day.


This one's not on Cutler - Is-Hub Arkush: Talk radio and Twitter will buzz for the next week over Jay Cutler’s failures against the Packers, and that’s too bad because it’s not the story of the whipping the Packers gave the Bears on Sunday.

For next act, Bears' defense vanishes - Barry Rozner: The Bears' defense was consistently terrible but nearly all the blame goes to the pass rush, which was nonexistent against a Packers O-line that had been awful for three weeks.

Where’s the pass rush? - Dan Durkin: There were blown coverages and missed assignments that led to big plays, but the alarming lack of productivity up front was the undoing for the Bears defense.

Bears’ come up empty, record zero hits on Rodgers - Adam L. Jahns: Questionable decision to rely on a four-man rush to get pressure on Aaron Rodgers when it’s not working initially, a shootout is unfolding, and with three starters missing.

Bears fail to pressure Rodgers - Jeff Dickerson: Bears’ game plan to lean on the D-line is understandable, even with Jared Allen ruled out. given the unit's production this season and the issues the Packers have had protecting Aaron Rodgers.

Bears' deplorable defense behind this debacle - David Haugh: People will blame Cutler out of habit, but the defense was more to blame for 38-17 debacle as Packers turn shootout into blowout.

Even the Packers were surprised by offensive success vs Bears - Tony Andracki: "I don't know if I've ever seen a game like that, with no punting at all," said Randall Cobb, who scored two TDs. "It's crazy."

Stats & Info - Michael Bonzagni: Aaron Rodgers dominant from start to finish.

More from the game

Game notes - Larry Mayer: Rodgers continues mastery of Bears; Trestman not blaming lack of pressure on Jared Allen's absence, talks about decision to try onside kick; only second ever regular season game without a punt.

Game notes - Larry Mayer: Bears fail to make most of chances; Jay Cutler on origin of Alshon Jeffery TD; Marc Trestman disappointed with DJ Williams penalty call; more notes from the game.

Game notes - Bob LeGere: Forte finally gets Bears' run game going; Cutler's halftime passer rating of 127.7 badly hit by picks in second half; Willie Young on his FG block; more notes and injury news from the game.

Game notes - Chris Emma: Same old Jay reared its ugly head once again; onside kick swung momentum away from Bears; Jared Allen’s status still uncertain.

Game notes - Not-Hub Arkush: Pass rush nonexistent in loss; Bears’ running game exploded; Kyle Fuller's tough day; more from the game.

Game notes - Patrick Finley: Bears rush for most yards since 1988 — and still lose; Alshon Jeffery rues two poor plays; Julius Peppers quiet on and off the field.

Game notes - Rich Campbell: Matt Forte breaks loose for a big day while Ka'Deem Carey was productive as part of a game plan to run the ball; more from the game.

Game notes - Not-Hub Fishbain with quotes, the good/bad from the game, and key moments.

[Video] PostGame Live - Closing thoughts on Bears' loss to Green Bay

View from the enemy - Chris Emma: Pick a moment from this game, and it was of Green Bay dominating. Rodgers was in control, again, in a rivalry that Green Bay has dominated in recent years.

Peppers takes Chicago return in stride - Not-Hub Arnold: Julius Peppers chose to focus on friendships with former teammates on Bears as his biggest  takeaway from the day – outside of the win – instead of any displeasure that Bears fans may have displayed throughout the day.

Bears quotes - Inside the locker room with quotes from Bears players following Sunday's game.

[Video] ESPN - Soundbites from Eddie Lacy, Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and Marc Trestman after the game.

[Video] - Highlights from the game; photos courtesy of ... Daily Herald.

Game grades

Game grades - Jeff Dickerson hands them out. At least the rushing offense went well.

Game grades - Patrick Finley's stock watch.

Moon Mullin's grades - QB - RB - WR/TE - O-line - D-line - LB - DB - STs - coaching.

[Video] PostGame Live - The PGL crew pick their Monsters of the Game.


Welp, yesterday's result wasn't ideal and there's no getting away from that.  Let's have some more Postmodern Jukebox.