The Chicago Bears’ season hit another low last night at arch NFC North rivals Green Bay as they lost their fifth game in a row and conceded over 50 points for the second time in consecutive games.
The match-up was the 190th instalment of the oldest rivalry in the NFL but only one side was able to live up to its impressive history – making some of their own in the process.
At half time the Packers found themselves 42-0 up on the Bears (the second biggest half-time lead in NFL history) with Aaron Rodgers’ six touchdown passes equalling the franchise record for most touchdowns thrown in a half.
Of his six throws, two stood out in particular as Jordy Nelson caught 73 and 40 yard passes.
And it was the longer of those two passes that helped the 30-year-old quarterback surpass Peyton Manning and Brett Favre for most scoring passes over 70 yards – this one being his 16th.
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On the impressive victory Rodgers praised his offensive line.
“The line did a good job of giving me time to extend plays. If you extend plays, you look down the field and there’s Jordy Nelson. He made some nice catches.”
Once his first half work was complete Aaron Rodgers was able to escape the chill of a cold Wisconsin evening by watching most of the third and fourth quarter in his knit cap from the sidelines.
Tough night for Cutler
But if everything went right for the former Super Bowl winning quarterback his Chicago counterpart saw extremes of another kind.
Quarterback Jay Cutler threw two interceptions on the night which brings his total in the last four matches to twelve.
But the Bears offence was the least of their problems on a night that saw them allow over 50 points in a game for the second week running after a blowout at the hands of Brady, Gronk and the Patriots in Foxborough before their bye week.
It is very clear that the Bears have reached a crisis point but the most worrying thing for the team is that they seem to have no idea what has caused their recent struggles.
“We’re not a very good football team right now, obviously,” head coach Mark Trestman said in a post match interview.
“I’m disappointed with what I saw tonight, we broke down on all three phases,” he continued.
“We didn’t make any changes or any positive movements after the bye week. And that starts with me.”
The Bears (3-6) remain rooted to the bottom of the NFC North with the gap between them and the Minnesota Vikings (4-5) ever increasing. The Packers (6-3) continue to keep the pressure on the Detroit Lions (7-2) whose home win over the Miami Dolphins keeps them at the top of the division.