NFL.com’s Chris Mortensen discusses the Bears’ comeback win over the Packers, the latest on the Bears trade deadline and the playoff race heading into Week 2.1.
What happened in Green Bay?
The Packers blew the Bears out of the water in the second quarter, with a game-high nine touchdown passes, and then led for nearly the entire fourth quarter.
It was an emotional moment for the fans and the players.
The Packers defense held the Bears to just three first downs on the day, and were able to keep the Bears from scoring.
The Bears also outgained the Packers by more than 1,000 yards, but they also allowed their quarterback to throw three interceptions.
Bears QB Matt Barkley threw four touchdown passes and completed 21 of 34 passes for 249 yards.
He also threw two interceptions.
The only problem was that they didn’t score again until the fourth quarter when Aaron Rodgers took over.
This time, the Bears couldn’t hold him to more than two touchdowns and a field goal.
The defense forced him into some terrible throws and the offense scored four touchdowns.
Bears WR Dez Bryant was targeted four times, but caught one pass for three yards.
The second half showed why they should be considered a Super Bowl contender.
After a tough first half, the Packers offense looked unstoppable going into the third quarter.
They went from having a 31-14 lead to a 23-7 lead in the fourth.
It looked like the Bears would never get back into the game.
The biggest reason for the victory was the defense.
The top unit of linebackers was strong, but the other four starters made some big plays.
The big play was a strip sack by Jason Pierre-Paul.
The tackle forced Rodgers to scramble for the football, and the Bears were able at least partially to close out the game on the Packers’ 24-yard line.
Bears DBs Tramon Williams, Deiondre Hall and Tramon Davis all had tackles for losses.
Hall had two tackles and a sack.
LB DeAndre Levy had one tackle and a TFL.
LB Brian Urlacher had a sack and a forced fumble.
DE Aaron Taylor-Cooper had two sacks and an interception.
The other big play came when safety Matt Giordano stripped Bears QB Aaron Rodgers of the ball at the 2-yard-line and ran it down the sideline for a touchdown.3.
What to expect in Chicago?
The Bears are coming off of their bye week, and have been playing well for the most part.
They are averaging 38.5 points per game and are averaging just under 34 points per contest.
Bears running back Ryan Hewitt has led the team in rushing this season with 1,566 yards.
They have also had success against teams with higher offensive lines.
This game will be tough for the Packers.
They will have to use all of their weapons to beat a team that is allowing a league-low 29.2 points per play.
They also have to be wary of their defensive line and linebackers.
The line has allowed a league high 26 sacks this season, and that is tied for the third-highest mark in the league.
Bears DT Jaye Howard, who was signed to a five-year, $39 million deal, has also had a rough season, but has played well this year.
He has 11.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.
DE Jarrad Davis, who has started in every game, also has 12 sacks.
LBs Mike Daniels and B.J. Raji have been good against the run and should be able to shut down the Packers pass rush.
They were both targeted four or more times and each picked up one pass.
LB Anthony Barr has a sack this year, but it is also the first time he has missed a game in four years.
He missed two games in 2016 with a knee injury.
Defensive tackle Jared Allen was also targeted four passes and picked up two sacks.
The Bears are going to need a lot of help to close this game.
RB Matt Forte has been great this year and will be counted on again.
DT Kevin Zeitler, who started in all 16 games last year, is also a player to watch, as he played the majority of the snaps for the first two games of the season.
ILB DeAndre Campbell and OLB Akiem Hicks also will need to make plays against the pass rush and their play will be crucial if the Bears are to come away with a win.4.
The playoff picture?
The Cowboys have a good chance to make it back to the playoffs after beating the Giants in the wild card round.
The Cowboys will have a chance to repeat as NFC West champions if they defeat the Bears.
The Lions and Seahawks also have a shot to make the playoffs if they beat the Cowboys in Week 1.
If the Packers beat the Lions in Week 3, they will be eliminated from the playoffs and would need to play a rematch with the Seahawks in Week 4.
The Patriots, Chargers and Raiders also have playoff odds