That game went exactly like I thought it would and it pisses me off. The Chicago Bears have been the nail to Green Bay’s hammer for decades and there’s no relief in site. When the Packers franchise can go from one Hall of Fame quarterback to another, while the Bears are lucky to find a QB that can even make a Pro Bowl, the record is bound to be lopsided.
But I was shocked when I actually dug up the recent record in this “rivalry.”
I went back to 1992, which was when Brett Favre took over in Green Bay, and the Packers are a ridiculous 44-15 (.746) against the Bears.
The Packers have started only three QBs since Favre took over for Don Majkowski in 1992. Favre’s teams went 22-10 (.688) against the Bears, Aaron Rodgers’ led teams have gone 21-5 (.808) in that time, and even Brett Hundley walked out a winner in his lone start start against Chicago.
On Sunday, Rodgers calmly shredded the Chicago defense with 4 touchdown passes, on 19 of 24 passing (79%), for 240 yards and a passer rating of 147.9.
Chicago had a nice game plan on offense early, but there was no way they were going to win a shootout against Rodgers, and with the way Green Bay’s offense has been firing on all cylinders, that’s what it would have took to win the game. There’s a reason the Packers are the odds on favorite to win the NFC and they proved it again yesterday.
The Bears did outgain Green Bay (356 yards to 316), they ran more plays (74 to 44), and they also won the time of possession (35:29 to 24:31), but the Packers offense is just so explosive and opportunistic.
Even by going 5 for 6 on fourth down tries, the Bears weren’t able to score more than one TD.
Here’s another surprising stat, the Bears were flagged only once while the Packers were flagged 4 times.
Now let’s take a closer look at the playing time break downs for the Bears and also some individual stats.
Mitchell Trubisky was 33 of 42 (78.6%), for 252 yards, with 1 interception and a passer rating of 81.7. It was his lowest passer rating since his 74.7 the first time he played Green Bay this season. He also had 4 runs for 22 yards.
David Montgomery had the Bears only TD, and he led the Bears in rushing with 69 yards on 22 carries. He also caught 9 balls for 63 yards.
Darnell Mooney led the Bears in receiving with 11 catches for 93 yards. Fellow rookie Cole Kmet had 7 receptions for 41 yards.
Danny Trevathan led the Bears with 8 tackles, and he was the trailing defender on that long TD pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling. The Bears were caught in a zone blitz, and for some inexplicable reason they didn’t check out of the call when the Packers came out in an empty set and trips right.
Khalil Mack had the lone Bears sack to go along with 4 tackles. Josh Woods, Kyle Fuller, and Eddie Jackson also had 4 tackles apiece.
Akiem Hicks (2 tackles) and Robert Quinn (1 tackle) had 2 quarterback hits each.
*The above image has players that only played in the third phase.
Cairo Santos was perfect again in making his only extra point and all three field goals. Not only did he set a new Bears record by hitting 27 straight field goals, but his field goal percentage of 93.8% is a new team record.
Patrick O’Donnell punted once for 53 yards and it was inside the 20.
Cordarrelle Patterson had 2 kick returns for 53 yards.
Sherrick McManis and Demetrius Harris had 2 tackles in the third phase and DeAndre Houston Carson recovered a fumble.
To check out the full Bears vs Packers box score I find that ESPN has an easy to navigate site.
All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL’s Game Statistic and Information System, as are the accompanying pictures.