Packer fans have been waiting for tight end Jermichael Finley to have a big game this season and he delivered today. Seven catches, 84 yards and three touchdowns as he and Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a victory over the rival Chicago Bears and improved to 3-0 on the young season.
It wasn’t the prettiest win but they never are against the Bears. The game started with the Packers scoring on the first drive of the game ending with Rodgers hitting Finley for a six yard touchdown pass. They then followed it up with another touchdown pass to Finley early in the second quarter, but from there the offense struggled. Finally scoring another touchdown in the early part of the fourth quarter, the Packers took a 27-10 lead and held on to win 27-17.
Finley wasn’t the only Packers receiver to have a big game. Greg Jennings tied a career high with nine catches and ended with 119 yards. Aaron Rodgers had himself a very good game going 28/38 with 297 yards, three touchdowns and only one interception against a tough Bears defense.
Ryan Grant had himself a good game, gaining 92 yards on the ground on 17 carries. James Starks however had a terrible game. He only gained five yards on 11 carries and had a fumble.
The Packers defense played well but still found themselves giving up too many yards in the air. The only time the secondary looked good was in the third quarter, which the Packers defense seemed to shut down the entire Bears offense.
The secondary didn’t get any help from the defense up front as they failed to get any real pressure on Cutler the entire first half of the game. The second half was a slightly different story as the Packers were able to get decent pressure and even get three sacks in the second half.
While the secondary struggled again, the run defense looked top notch. They held the Bears to only 13 yards rushing on 12 attempts and most of those yards where gained by a Jay Cutler scramble during garbage time at the end of the game. This shutdown defense seemed to make the Bears change their game plan as they ended up throwing the ball 37 times.
While it wasn’t a pretty win, a win is a win against a rival. The secondary still needs a lot of work but that is something that will not happen overnight. The run defense was shutting down the Bears and the offense, especially Rodgers and Finley, did their thing. This team has looked solid so far and they will look to continue that play next week at home against the Broncos.