Green Bay Packers Hope to Get Back on Track vs. Chicago Bears Sunday
Last week, the Detroit Lions defense scored more points (nine) than the Green Bay Packers offense (seven).Ouch.
Now, the Packers head to Chicago to face the 2-1 Bears. Green Bay is 1-2, but star quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a message on his radio show on ESPN Milwaukee earlier this week to send to Packers fans:
"Five letters here just for everybody out there in Packer-land: R-E-L-A-X. Relax, we're going to be OK."
If Rodgers says so, then I guess, Packer fans better listen.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looked up some history, and every time Rodgers has struggled since 2009, he's rebounded with a big game. For example in 2010, the Packers lost to Detroit 7-3. Rodgers was 7 of 11 for 46 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception. The following week, the Packers won 45-17 over the New York Giants. Rodgers was 25 of 37 for 404 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. This year in Week One, the Packers lost 36-16 to Seattle. Rodgers was 23 for 33 for 189 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. In Week Two, Green Bay came back to beat the New York Jets, 31-24. Rodgers was 25 for 42 with 346 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.
Looking forward to Sunday, the Packers return to Soldier Field for the first time since Rodgers threw a game-winning touchdown pass to Randall Cobb to send Green Bay to the playoffs and Chicago home. So, let's just say the Bears will be looking for revenge.
Lucky for the Rodgers and the Packers offense, the Bears defense is dealing with some injuries. Ryan Mundy got banged up last week, Chris Conte has a bad shoulder, Jeremiah Ratliff had a concussion last week, Shea McClellin hurt his hand, and Charles Tillman is out for the season.
The Bears offense, meanwhile, is clicking. Jay Cutler is completing 66.1% of his passes, and has eight touchdowns and two interceptions.
The x-factor in the game may be the run game. Chicago's Matt Forte has 54 rushing yards in the last two games, while Green Bay's Eddie Lacy has dealt with a concussion, fumbles, and only has 113 yards this season.
Sunday's game also marks the homecoming for Julius Peppers, as he returns to Chicago, where he spent 2010 to 2013.
For the Bears, Jared Allen, Roberto Garza, Brandon Marshall, McClellin, Sherrick McManis, Ratliff, and Matt Slauson did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Conte was limited in practice both days, while Mundy and Trevor Scott were full participants on Thursday. For the Packers, Brad Jones, Clay Matthews, and Nick Perry have been limited participants in practice this week. Jarrett Boykin, Bryan Bulaga, and Davon House have been full participants.
The Packers and Bears play at noon on Sunday.
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