Nov. 12, 2014 By Zuhayr Tahir
It is hard to believe two NFL teams were playing on Sunday night, but after failing to find any reasonable explanation, I came to the conclusion that the other team was indeed the Chicago Bears.
The Green Bay Packers humiliated the Bears on Sunday in a game that was 42-0 at halftime and was the largest halftime deficit for any Bears team in their 90-year history of the historic franchise.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers had six touchdowns at the half which tied an NFL record and easily could have broken the record of the most touchdowns thrown in a game (seven) if he hadn’t been taken out in the third quarter.
The Bears defense looked lost from the beginning. Rodgers had all the time in the world to throw the ball, and he picked them apart to the point where NBC commentator Chris Collingsworth was disgusted with them.
But was Sunday’s game more about how good the Packers are, or just the complete dumpster fire that is the Chicago Bears?
Probably a little bit of both.
First, after being down 28-0 in the second quarter, the Bears looked like they flat out quit.
Eddie Lacy, although great and I take nothing away from the effort on the play, had one of the slowest developing explosive plays that I have ever seen.
The play in question included Lacy catching a screen pass and then running all over the field before jogging into the end zone.
On the play, it didn’t look like any of the Bears defensive players wanted to chase Lacy as they were just jogging behind and alongside him.
Second, the Packers played an excellent game.
On offense they were unstoppable. The Bears may have quit, but it was after they were down.
The Packers receivers get better each week, and now with Lacy catching passes for the last two games, the options Rodgers has to throw to just keep getting deeper.
The defense played great as well and only allowed a net rushing total of 55 yards.
This is huge because this is the same team that rushed for over 250 rushing yards against the Packers in week four.
The linebacker position had a new look as Clay Matthews moved from outside linebacker to inside linebacker, and the switch could not have worked better.
Matthews was flying all over the field and was making play after play.
It was hard to believe this was his first game at the inside position. Matthews finally gave the Packers a presence inside that they desperately needed.
Even with the Packers offense scoring six touchdowns and the defense scoring one as well, the greatest play in the game was probably early in the second half on a Bears punt.
Receiver Jarrett Boykin broke through the Bears line and attempted to block the punt and kicked the ball with his foot before the Bears punter could kick it.
It was a wild play that I can’t recall being seen in the NFL and was quite comical.
The Packers will host the Philadelphia Eagles next week in what will be a huge NFC matchup.
The Eagles are down their starting quarterback, Nick Foles, to a broken collarbone (an injury that Packer fans know too well), and will be starting backup Mark Sanchez.
Is this Packer team a Superbowl contender? Games against the Eagles and New England Patriots will decide.