by Troy Sparks-MCJ Sports Editor
So much for all that talk from the Chicago Bears players and fans. We didn’t expect them to
let out a big roar and slap their claws at the Packers in Sunday’s
game. It was all bark and no bite.
When the Bears didn’t make enough noise to scare a lady in a dark alley, you knew that it
was time for them to throw in the white towel. And they did in a
27-17 loss on their own field.
The Bears probably can’t remember when they were held to 13 yards rushing in the game. What
does it say to the offense when their quarterback gets 11 of them?
Jay Cutler ran the ball and ran for his life. Did you think that
Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers would keep the hounds off
Oh well, Chicago can’t cry over spilled milk. The Bears lost 15 of their last 20 games at
Soldier Field against the green and gold. They will get another
crack at the Packers on Christmas night on national TV. Meanwhile,
it’s on to the next team.
Green Bay is at home for the first time since Sept. 8. They host the Denver Broncos, Oct. 2
in a 3:15 p.m. game. It is the second of five late afternoon games
the Packers will play, and it might be the only mid-afternoon contest
at home. Some of the 12 noon home games might be moved to late
afternoons as part of the NFL’s flexible scheduling programming.
What this means is that if the NFL feels that most people would rather see a good matchup later
in the afternoon or in prime-time instead of at noon, then the league
will change the time to get more people to tune in.
The Packers will host the Broncos for the first time since 2003. They’re 4-0-1 in Wisconsin
against Denver, which include games in Milwaukee. What our mile-high
brethren will get is a hot Green Bay team that won their last nine
games, including the playoffs. The Pack has won six in a row at home
and 12 of their last 13. With their 1-2 record, good luck in trying
to beat them.
Aaron Rodgers leads the NFL with a 120.9 passer rating. He is responsible for engineering
the 99 points through three games for Green Bay, which is fifth in
The defense is kind of stingy too. In the first three games, opponents scored four
touchdowns in 13 tries from the red-zone. That ranks them fourth in
the NFL at 30.8 percent.
The all-time series is tied at 5-5-1. Green Bay beat Denver, 19-13 in overtime in Oct. 2007
on the road. They thrashed the Broncos, 31-3 at Lambeau Field in
2003. But Denver took the wind out of Green Bay’s sails in their
31-24 win in Super Bowl XXXII.
These teams first met in 1971, and the Packers beat the Broncos, 34-13 in Milwaukee. This
should be a field day for the Green Bay defense because Denver’s
offense is ranked 27th overall. Rodgers should pick apart their defense because they’re
in the middle of the pack at 15th.
In the Chicago game, right tackle Bryan Bulaga went down with a knee injury. Marshall Newhouse
stepped in. He is likely to start against the Broncos and first
round pick Derek Sherrod may be in uniform from the inactive list as
a backup. Sooner or later, the coaching staff will have to put
Sherrod in the lion’s den.
Chad Clifton (knee) and Jermichael Finley (ankle) were limited in practice. Ryan Grant
(kidney) and Clay Matthews (quadriceps) didn’t practice.