A Jaire Alexander interception and a touchdown drive by Aaron Rodgers were enough for the Packers to pull away against the Chicago 28-19 on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.
Rodgers improved to 24-5 as a starter against Chicago as he surpassed Brett Favre for the most wins against Chicago in Packers franchise history (Favre had 23 wins during his career against the Bears).
Green Bay with that win on Sunday, surpassed Chicago as the NFL’s winningest history (Green Bay 787, Chicago 786).
Green Bay (5-8) has a slim chance to make the postseason, but with a weak NFC, it will be interesting to see what happens down the stretch.
Here are some game observations:
Rodgers carves up Chicago’s defense
Aaron Rodgers looked surgical on Sunday afternoon.
Rodgers went 18/31 for 182 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions.
To me, one of the crucial moments in the game came at the end of the second quarter.
On 4th & 4 from the Chicago 14-yard line, Rodgers hooked up with rookie wide receiver Christian Watson for a 14-yard touchdown to cut Chicago’s lead to 16-10.
A touchdown before the half was massive for Green Bay’s offense because Chicago had been outplaying Green Bay up to that point.
Which brings me to my next point
Green Bay’s defense:
It wasn’t good in the first half. You cannot let Justin Fields scamper free for a 56-yard rushing touchdown.
Missed tackles have been a theme for Green Bay’s defense this year, and that play, in particular, was frustrating because Keisean Nixon took a poor angle on that tackle attempt which led to the easy score.
Green Bay was able to force a fumble in the second quarter.
Rasul Douglas has been up and down this year, but Rudy Ford since taking over Darnell Savage at the safety spot a couple of weeks ago has been making plays in Green Bay’s secondary.
Jaire got torched twice on Sunday by guys who let’s be frank shouldn’t be torching anybody.
Equanimeous St. Brown’s longest receiving catch as a Packer was 54 and that play went for 56. Chicago shouldn’t have any deep threats but with Jaire out there they were able to take advantage.
This play infuriates me even more.
A top cornerback who got paid this offseason got burned by a guy who hasn’t played in about a month. That’s not supposed to happen to a guy like Jaire Alexander who is arguably a top-five cornerback in this league.
But Alexander redeemed himself later in the game.
Alexander broke on the comeback route intended for St. Brown which essentially sealed the game for Green Bay.
You want to talk about playmakers Christian Watson is him.
Watson after struggling to start the season, has turned into the best young wide receiver in the game.
Having the same amount of touchdowns as Randy Moss in a four-game span is insane and nobody could have seen this coming.