I gotta say, that was not as bad as I expected. I don't know about you guys, but I was bracing for a triple digit defeat, where Aaron Rodgers would likely sprout wings and fly, and the Bears' defenders do their usual disappearing act. Needless to say, that didn't happen (although I am not ruling out the possibility of Aaron Rodgers being superhuman). The Bears actually weren't too bad.
Some notes from Sunday's game:
Jay Cutler showed signs of life on game day, and only (only!) one interception. His final stat line read 18/36, 225 yards, a touchdown and a pick.
The defense wasn't atrocious. Holding the Pack's high powered offense to 31 points on Vic Fangio's debut as DC is no small feat. They failed to produce a sack, but had 2 tackles for loss (Goldman and Amos). McClellin and Christian Jones, the 2 starters at middle linebacker, lead the way combining for 15 tackles.
As expected, Matt Forte carried the load on offense. Adam Gase made good on his commitment to smash-mouth running. Forte had 24 carries for 141 yards and a touchdown, adding 5 receptions on 9 targets and 25 yards in the passing game.
Alshon Jeffery's calf didn't seem to be a problem. An ailment he sustained before the preseason, many Bears fans and fantasy owners alike were worried about his status for Sunday. Number 17 was targeted 11 times, but only hauled in 5 catches for 78 yards and no scores.
In other news, former 6th round Georgia product and three year veteran Cornelius Washington was placed on season ending injured reserve for an unspecified injury. The Bears re-signed Sam Acho days after terminating his contract for a non-football illness, and signed LB Lamin Barrow to bolster the defensive front in Washington's absence. San Diego State alum and 2014 NFL 6th round pick QB David Fales was waived Sunday.
All in all, not too bad. But of course, don't get too excited.