In the final game of the short-lived Mike Glennon era, the Chicago Bears were dismantled by the Green Bay Packers in a 35-14 rout. Despite the game seeming winnable on paper, struggles in all three phases plagued the Bears throughout the game.
While Glennon failed miserably, the running attack was a tad bit better. Jordan Howard ran for 53 yards on 18 carries - which averages to a measly 2.9 yards-per-carry, but he was able to add a touchdown in garbage time.
.@JHowardx24 is IN for the @ChicagoBears TD! #TNF #DaBears pic.twitter.com/PfyVDaf95L— NFL (@NFL) September 29, 2017
He also caught two passes for 10 yards. Glennon was less reliant on his running backs in the passing game, as made evident also by Tarik Cohen catching four balls for 24 yards. The rookie also gained 24 yards on the ground on four carries. With a new quarterback at the helm, it will be important for both Howard and Cohen to produce in the coming weeks.
Prior to last Thursday, Leonard Floyd had had a fairly disappointing start to the season. While he wasn’t as dominant against Green Bay’s makeshift offensive line as many had hoped, he was able to notch his first sack of the season. Who better to be on the receiving end of that than Aaron Rodgers?
Floyd takes down Rodgers. pic.twitter.com/vfpXwn7kll— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD2_) September 29, 2017
Fourth-round pick Eddie Jackson had a solid overall day. He and Adrian Amos looked like a solid one-two punch in the secondary. The Alabama alum was able to knock a pass intended for Jordy Nelson out of the receiver’s hands.
.@EJackson_4 still making plays!!!— [C] (@tym2g3thi) September 29, 2017
Although the play could’ve been disastrous had Nelson held onto the ball, Jackson’s tenacity and athleticism were on full display on the pass breakup.
2016 second-rounder Cody Whitehair continued his fairly lackluster season with his outing against the Packers. He has had an issue all year with consistently giving the quarterback good snaps out of the shotgun. This was the case again on Thursday.
You all know what the “leg fumble” looked like by now, so I think it’s best that we just not talk about that, for the sake of the sanity of everyone here.
Unfortunately, no other first- or second-year player did much of note in this game. Adam Shaheen didn’t make it into the box score in the eight snaps he was on the field. Jonathan Bullard deflected a pass, and Roy Robertson-Harris got credited for a tackle assist. DeAndre Houston-Carson also played on more than half of the team’s special teams snaps.
That’s it for a relatively quiet edition of The Infantry. While this week was pretty uneventful, next week’s edition figures to be the biggest one to date, because on Monday, the Mitch Trubisky era begins.