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18 Penalties too much to Overcome (09/29/2010)
By Dave DeLano


     
The 180th meeting of the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers proved to be an entertaining event but unfortunately for Cheeseheads, the Packers lost this game on an almost last-second field goal by a score of 20 -17. It was a frustrating game for the green and gold faithful as the Packers self-destructed and beat themselves, thus falling to a record of 2 - 1. This was a very winnable ball game but unfortunately it is now in the loss column.

The fact that the Bears wore 1940s-style retro uniforms didnít bring back the historic defensive battles of the past, but the game has changed so much over the years that it certainly was not a surprise that this game turned into an aerial battle. The Bears defense is the best in the league at stopping the run and their propensity to play cover 2 defense forced Aaron Rodgers and the Packer receivers to turn to their short passing game, which they did nicely. Rodgers was very sharp throughout this game. His touchdown pass to Greg Jennings had the Pack up seven points in the first quarter but a horrible punt at the end of the first half lead to a Bearsí touchdown. Nonetheless the Pack took a 10 Ė 7 lead at halftime.

Neither team mounted any sort of a running game in this affair. Aaron Rodgers turned to playmaking tight end Jermichael Finley and perform they did. But the bugaboo in this game reared its ugly head far too often as one mistake after another compounded into an all-time Packer record of 18 penalties. Penalties took one touchdown off the board on a Rodgers-to-Finley pass and negated a number of other big plays as well. Incredibly the Packers were assessed 152 yards in penalties, some of which were so boneheaded that they cannot be adequately described in this family-friendly medium.

Unfortunately, the problems of way too many penalties and inconsistent special teams play are an instant replay of the Packersí problems from last year. Cheeseheads have every reason to question why these reoccurring problems have not been corrected. The coaches have to take some of the responsibility for the fact that the Packers were the NFLís most penalized team last year and now this debacle. Had the Packers not set a 90-year-old record for committing 18 penalties combined with their poor performance on special teams, this game could easily have been a blow-out win. But that didnít happen and Mike McCarthy and staff now have to figure out a way to stop digging themselves into a hole. Hint, hint: STOP DIGGING!

Next up for the Pack in the short week are the Detroit Lions at Lambeau. The Lions have been a doormat team for many years past but one has to question, if the Packers commit 18 penalties for 152 yards again, drop two interceptions, have a field goal blocked, etc. could the Lions possibly pull off an upset? They could. The Packers have to regroup quickly after playing a terrible, horrible, very sloppy bad game. 

 

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