by Mark Metzler
I know it is hard to believe for Packers fans who grew up in this area, but for many other Packers fans, the Bears are a bigger rivalry than the Vikings. Really, if you grew up in southern Wisconsin like I did, the Bears suck. And they proved it again Sunday night in front of a national audience as Aaron Rodgers dismantled the Mitch Trubisky-led Bears 41-25.
Those two late touchdowns for the Bears and Trubisky didn’t mean much other than the Bears could score when the Packers were preventing against quick touchdowns. It helped to pad Trubisky’s stats, but the loss was the fifth in a row for the Bears. The Packers did look good.
Just like last week against the Colts, the Packers looked like a Super Bowl team in the first half. Offensively, the team clicked on all cylinders. Defensively, the team gave up a long run to David Montgomery and let down a little bit at the end of the half, but, overall, the team played well.
The question was: Would the team let down or pour it on in the second half? The Packers answered this time around with two quick touchdowns to make the game 41-10.
A few weeks ago, a friend and I agreed we didn’t think that Bears’ quarterback Mitch Trubisky was that bad of a quarterback, and that we thought he still had a good future in the NFL. In a way, Trubisky supported that idea. He can throw, and he can run. When he puts it together, like he did on the Bears’ drive at the end of the half, he’s good enough to be a functional backup in the NFL. Other than that, my friend and I were wrong. Trubisky just makes so many mistakes, as he did when he threw a key interception in the end zone, another interception by throwing into triple coverage and fumbling the ball in a crucial spot, which Preston Smith took in for a Packers’ touchdown.
That is part of what drives Bears fans crazy. Of course, it probably also drives Bears fans crazy that Trubisky was picked ahead of Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes, two quarterbacks that will end up in the Hall of Fame if they continue their current pace.
Speaking of Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Rodgers led the way for the Packers offense. He threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers: Davante Adams, Marcedes Lewis, Allen Lazard and Robert Tonyan. The Bears have a very good defense, and Rodgers had his way with them. He was 15 for 18 with three touchdowns in the first half.
Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones ran well, and the offensive line was good again. Unfortunately, center Corey Linsley was hurt once more.
Defensively, Darnell Savage had two interceptions before he hurt his back, and the defensive line put a lot of pressure on Trubisky through the night.
It was good to beat the Bears, and it was fun to see a few fans in the stands enjoying the game. It looked like they were having a good time. Who wouldn’t?
After the Colts game, Marquez Valdes-Scantling received death threats for his critical fumble. That is insane. It’s a game. Football is a game. As much as fans love the Packers, in the end, it’s a game that should be way down on the list of important things in life.
Threatening Valdes-Scantling’s life isn’t going to make him play any better. In fact, it will probably make him play worse.
Rivalries are fun. There’s a certain enjoyment that comes from making fun of someone else’s team. But it should be good-natured. Having written that, after further review, “the Bears still suck.” A lot.
Next week, the Packers have the Philadelphia Eagles, who beat the team last year in a game the Packers should not have lost. For the record, I see the Packers going 4-1 and possibly 5-0 the rest of the way, if the team can beat the Titans on December 27. If that happens, the team will likely be the top seed in the NFL. The Saints will likely lose to the Chiefs on December 20 and could lose to the Vikings on the 27th, depending on which Vikings team shows up. Go Vikes!