In the oldest rivalry in the NFL, the Packers defeated the Bears Sunday afternoon 24-14. It was a slow start for Rodgers and the offense only amassing two first downs in the first quarter. After the first quarter, the Packers found consistency scoring a touchdown in the second, third, and fourth quarter. Crosby hit a field goal in the second as well. The Packers improve to 5-1 and take a strong hold on the North.
While Rodgers only threw for 195 yards on 23 attempts, the Packers rushed for 154 yards on 31 carries (4.96 average). Aaron Jones had 76 yards, A.J. Dillon 59, and Rodgers chipped in with 19 and a rushing touchdown in the 4th quarter to seal the win. The Bears have an imposing pass rush, and the Packers countered with a strong rushing attack all afternoon. In an afternoon not relying on Rodgers, the Packers leaned on Jones and Dillon to fuel the offense.
Justin Fields was making his 5th start for the Bears against the Packers. Fields, still learning the offense and the NFL way, was harassed all afternoon by the Packers pass rush, even without ZaDarius Smith. Kenny Clark registered his 2nd and 3rd sacks of the season, coming up clutch with big second-half sacks. Dean Lowry and Jonathan Garvin also had a sack each, with Garvin registering his first career NFL sack on Fields. Fields was pressured all afternoon and never felt comfortable throwing for 174 yards on 27 attempts, throwing one interception to Darnell Savage. The Packers feasted on a young quarterback and took advantage of Field’s inexperience.
The Packers will host The Washington Football Team on Sunday, October 24th, at Lambeau Field. The Football Team is 2-4, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs 31-13 on Sunday. The Football Team has a similar style to the Bears with a fierce pass rush and a young starting quarterback.