Packers roundup: Backups lead Bears into Lambeau
For years, Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers dominated the Chicago Bears. When Aaron Rodgers took over as the starter in 2008, there might've been some hope among Chicago fans that the tide could turn.
They've found no such luck.
Despite having a defense known year in and year out for its stinginess and ability to create turnovers, Rodgers has always seemed to have the solution to the Chicago defense's puzzle.
The Packer quarterback will be looking for his seventh consecutive win against the Bears on Monday night. In the last four matchups, Rodgers has 12 touchdowns to go with a 69.6 completion percentage and has only thrown two interceptions, a recipe not many other teams in the league have been able to follow against a Chicago team that wins, in large part, by taking the ball away from opponents.
The Bears offense will likely find it even more difficult to keep pace with Rodgers and the resurgent Packers ground attack with starting quarterback Jay Cutler out of Monday's meeting. In addition to Cutler's absence, Chicago will turn to rookie linebacker Jon Bostic to fill in for injured veteran Lance Briggs.
This week's game is ESPN's selection for Monday Night Football. Mike Tirico will provide play-by-play with Jon Gruden offering color commentary. ESPN's Monday Night Countdown show starts at 5:30 p.m., with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. Catch up with Packers news from earlier in the week with links below from The Gazette's partners at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
ESCAPE ROUTES: AARON RODGERS ADEPT AT AVOIDING PRESSURE
GREEN BAY—My vantage point, Sunday after Sunday during the Green Bay Packers season, has been in the press box high above the playing field.
From there, the magnificent ability of Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers to make plays on the move spread out before me over the last two decades.
In most stadiums, the coaches booth was just a few doors down. Inside usually sat the defensive coordinator charged with trying to contain these two elite quarterbacks. Read more ...
STOPGAP PASS RUSHERS DO THE JOB FOR PACKERS
GREEN BAY—It's three games and counting that Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has been out of action.
It could easily be three more before he returns from a broken thumb.
It would be logical to think the Packers desperately need Matthews' pass-rushing ability to build on their 5-2 record, but the truth is that despite his absence they are producing sacks at a rate that would top the highest season total in defensive coordinator Dom Capers' previous four years. Read more ...
TOUGH-GUY SHIELDS WORKS HARD TO BECOME STEADY CORNER
GREEN BAY--Giants shield the end zone, like Mike Daniels and A.J. Hawk, with shoulders so broad they take an angle when they walk through some doorways, and Datone Jones and Johnny Jolly, who are tall enough to need the headroom of an SUV.
But there is Sam Shields behind them all, Green Bay's last line of defense. He is guarding the goal line against Washington and dives after the ball carrier. Then he disappears, No. 37 buried under fullbacks and tight ends and linemen.
The play worked. Green Bay lived to fight another down. Read more ...
DANIELS BECOMING A FORCE UP FRONT FOR PACKERS
Arms outstretched, Mike Daniels' facial expression was blank. Stale. After one of his two sacks inside the Metrodome on Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers defensive end gave the prime-time audience a this-is-too-easy celebration.
But he looked unsatisfied.
Maybe this is why.
“I got two—that's cute,” Daniels said. “But I really think I left about three out there.” Read more ...
SITTON ADJUSTS TO MOVE
It's a good thing Green Bay Packers guard Josh Sitton has an inner dialogue.
Otherwise, he would have been in big trouble when head coach Mike McCarthy and offensive line coach James Campen came to him and fellow guard T.J. Lang and to tell them they would be swapping sides.
“I thought they were idiots at first,” Sitton said. Read more ...