By: Peter Babb
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers saying “I still own you” is a sad realization that Bears fans find themselves in this week. The Bears lose 24-14 to the Packers on Sunday. Making the Bears at 3-3 and the Packers at 5-1 on the season so far.
The beginning of the game went well for the Bears as they went up 7-0 in the first quarter. However, the Bears’ offense stalled, allowing Rodgers and the Packers to have a 10-7 lead at halftime. The Packers did not let up in the second half, despite the effort of the Bears’ defense. Aaron Rodgers’s fourth-quarter rushing touchdown sealed the game, 24-14.
The Bears’ offense was subject to criticism again for the lack of production. Quarterback Justin Fields had a decent performance, going 16/27, 174 yards, one touchdown and one interception through the air. While also putting in work on the ground, rushing for 43 yards as well. Running back Khalil Herbert made his starting debut against the Packers and put on a good performance. Herbert rushed for 97 yards and the first touchdown of his career.
The Packers’ explosive offense was kept quiet for the majority of the game. Rodgers went 17/23 for 195 yards and two touchdowns on the day, despite being sacked three times. Packers running back Aaron Jones was kept in check as he only had 110 yards (76 rushing yards and 34 receiving yards) on the day. Packers wide receiver Davante Adams had a good day as he had four receptions for 89 yards.
Rodgers, after the game, acknowledged the passion Bears fans have, especially in their rivalry against the Packers.
“I said this week I have a lot of respect for the fans,” Rodgers said. “I’m sure there’s a little bit of respect coming back my way, not a lot of love I’m sure. Had a lot of great moments on this field, a lot of great battles.”
The Bears’ two-game win streak came to a halt and head coach Matt Nagy acknowledged the pain of losing to their rival.
“This hurts,” said Nagy. “It stings. It’s not fun. Our guys understand that.”
The Bears schedule does not get any easier as they must play the defending Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on Sunday, Oct. 24. in Tampa Bay. The Bears must respond to hold their divisional lead over the Minnesota Vikings (3-3).