Wounded Green Bay Packers keep it close against Chicago Bears, 17-10
- Updated: November 4, 2013
Despite missing one of their top two wide receivers, their talented tight end, their most explosive linebacker — and now their starting quarterback — the Green Bay Packers managed to go to the locker room down by only a score to the Chicago Bears.
A season that has been plagued by injuries to key players got a bit grimmer when starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers left the game with what was described as a collarbone injury. No word yet on the severity of the injury, but if the clavicle turns out to be fractured, Rodgers could easily be out another six weeks.
Running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks made a valiant effort to carry the team on their shoulders in Rodgers’ absence. Starks even managed to break free for a 32-yard touchdown run.
Overall, though, the offense was largely ineffective with backup quarterback Seneca Wallace at the helm. Lacking the confidence to look more than five yards downfield, Wallace completed five of eight attempts for 43 yards and threw a disastrous interception on a slant route intended for wide receiver Jordy Nelson.
Meanwhile, the Bears offense, lead by backup quarterback Josh McCown, was quietly efficient. McCown completed 14 of 22 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown; he also rushed once for 20 yards.
After being stymied early, running back Matt Forte was effective, rushing 11 times for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Eddie Lacy rushed 11 times for 58 yards, averaging an impressive 5.3 yards per attempt. James Starks chipped in three rushes for 32 yards and the touchdown.
After a superb sideline catch by tight end Andrew Quarless was ruled incomplete on the field, head coach Mike McCarthy had plenty of time to review the play and challenge the call. Looking like a nervous wreck on the sidelines, he waited until the last possible moment before electing to send the out the punting unit.
Had the ruling been overturned, the offense would have extended the drive and possibly had a chance to score late in the second quarter. Settling for a punt gave the ball back to the Bears and sent the message that McCarthy lacks confidence when the pressure mounts.
The secondary looked simply dreadful at key moments of the game. Matt Forte was able to gash huge holes in the middle of the defense for major gains.
The Chicago Bears get the ball to start the second half. The Green Bay Packers defense needs to muster a quick stop and the offense must mount a lengthy drive if they wish to remain competitive in the game. If they aren’t able to get off the field on third down, this defense will be exhausted by the middle of the third quarter.
The final two periods will be a true test of the Packers’ mettle.
After watching that Jeffery ghost action at least once every game it was nice to see Trestman get some usage out of the fake with that nice toss to forte.
he moves his left arm even right after the injury - I can't see how this is some devestating injury.
@Evil Donkey So. You got a win in FF. Rodgers being AWOL really hurt me. But I am not bummed at all.
@Grill class can't blame that on Rodgers.
@Jay Cutler is my Hero Have fun. She's probably drunk after the Bears win.
@Jay Cutler is my Hero I nominate JVince's mom!
@Wow, you judging that on one play? He's going to be a #1 some day. Not now, but some day.
@niemerg1 He allowed a lot of holes that Lacy just slipped through.
@niemerg1 So did Conte.
@Awesome Flaming Lion Lining them up like circus seals and sucking them off?
@Awesome Flaming Lion On the goat track? I think not.
@Awesome Flaming Lion I invigorated myself twice today...like a BOSS!
@Tearloch That's got to be one of the longer drives of the season.
@Tearloch Great drive. Aggressive fourth down call won the game.
@BearsSaveLives A gentle breeze could knock off Hawk's helmet.
@BearsSaveLives Wasn't that Bush?
@Tearloch Pass interference on the first TD.
@Tearloch Bears declined one.
@jwoude23 bear downWas hoping for a Forte TD there. Would have won my FF matchup since Rodgers got hurt and got me less than 2 points.
@Wow, you judging that on one play?I don't watch for penalties, so no, but I find it hard to believe. That holding on the Bears last possesion was pretty weak.
@Capitalist LeninRight, the PI on Marshall's TD. Still...
Yeah, that's one of the holds I saw. It was pretty blatant.
It was on the replay that they showed from behind McCown.