Green Bay Packers: Grades from Week 1 victory over Chicago Bears

Arnold Nichols
September 11, 2018

Save that for the hot-take artists.

He initially tried to get up, then went back down, and was attended to by trainers.

Mack said he wasn't shocked to see Rodgers return.

Having said that, amidst more controversy about players in Sunday's games protesting social injustice and taking a knee during the national anthem, last night's SNF was up 7% in early numbers from the September 6 kickoff game.

Buccaneers quarterback Fitzpatrick became just the second player in history to record 400 passing yards, four TD passes, no interceptions and also run in for a touchdown himself. I thought the protection was really good and guys made plays.

Before Rodgers got hurt, he was dancing around in and out of the pocket trying to extend the play while his receivers got open. We're still going to own you. That, he said, was the moment he knew the Packers would win.

"I just felt something in it", Rodgers said.

Packers fans in historic Lambeau Field were understandably shocked, anxious that Rodgers ― whom the team just resigned for a record $135 million ― was out with a season-ending injury.

Meanwhile, Rodgers had only one first-quarter completion, which tied for his fewest in the opening frame since 2014 in Week 17 where he had zero against the Lions. They're going to learn from it.

Jimmy Garoppolo finally lost his first game as an National Football League starter at the eighth time of asking as he and the San Francisco 49ers felt the full force of the Minnesota Vikings' defence in a 24-16 defeat in Minneapolis. But his first option, Davante Adams, was taken away on the play.

If there's one positive from Sunday night for this team, it's that the talent gap seems to have narrowed, if not closed, between the Bears and Packers. The pass was ideal and the catch spectacular.

What went right: The secondary, in the second half at least. The Bears' defense, which had ramped up its pressure late, started looking gassed.

"I love the game", Mack said.

Not a fucking Chicago Bears fan. They were only able to tack on a field goal during their one third-quarter possession.

It was 10-0 when Rodgers left the game and 20-0 when he eventually returned.

But it nearly ended in a shocking collapse. A stout defense that relies on pass rush and experience. All he had to do was corral the ideal spiral, and there was a good chance it was six points the other way and a Bears victory.

And that's coming from someone who has played with Rodgers for his entire career. He missed his chance to ice the game, and Rodgers wasn't about to feel sorry for him. "We gave up six".

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