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Weird Win in the Windy City (09/28/2011)
By Dave DeLano

How strange is it that a six-inch nail or spike popped up in the middle of the Soldier Field midway through the second quarter of the Packer/Bear game Sunday? The spike may have been one of the weirdest things that has happened during the previous 182 meetings between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. Nothing is ever easy in this rivalry. Fortunately, the Packers prevailed in this affair by a score of 27 – 17 and nobody was injured by the mysterious spike.

Aaron Rodgers and Co. came out on fire as Rodgers connected with Greg Jennings on the initial drive, taking advantage of the two reserve safeties starting this game for the Bears. Jennings put on a clinic this day and so did Jermichael Finley, who scored the first of his three touchdown catches on the initial drive. Finley is an absolute nightmare for opponents as he is too fast for safeties to cover and too big for cornerbacks. The combination of Rodgers throwing to Jennings and/or Finley was too much for the Bears to bear on Sunday.

All-pro safety Nick Collins was lost for the season last week due to a neck injury and the Packers turned to Charlie Peprah to replace him. Peprah played pretty well last year but he did not have a good game against the Bears. Peprah and the Packer secondary got torched too many times. The Bears’ mediocre quarterback and less than mediocre receiving corps made it look too easy Sunday. The Packers have won their first three games this season, but in each game way too many yards were surrendered via the air. They have to tighten things up there.

As poor as the Packer passing defense played against the Bears, the defense’s performance against the run was awesome. Incredibly, the Packers held the Bears to a total of just 11 rushing yards. B.J. Raji, Morgan Burnett and Clay Matthews III had all-pro performances Sunday. CM III was double and triple- team blocked on some plays and still created havoc. Burnett made two interceptions. Raji is a beast of a nose tackle. Packer Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers introduced a new look called the “Corner Okie” for this game, basically bringing in Sam Shields as an additional cornerback and moving Charles Woodson into the safety position.

A weird play in the fourth quarter almost cost the Packers. With the Packers punting, Devin Hester pulled off a thespian performance in duping the Packer coverage team to think he was receiving the punt when actually the punt went to the other side of the field, where it was fielded and easily run back for a touchdown. Fortunately that play was nullified by a penalty.

Next up for the Packers are the Denver Broncos at Lambeau. The Broncos have struggled this year and the Packers should be the prohibitive favorite to win at home. One of the Broncos players who has played well this year is former Minnesota Gopher Eric Decker. Decker’s hometown is Cold Spring, Minnesota. Willis Mc Gahee is a serviceable running back but the Broncos are talent-challenged on defense and at quarterback position. The Packers should win this game.  


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