The Packers’ regular season is finally here and oh my, week 1 was an absolute classic. Spoiler alert…the Packers won, 24-23. For the full game synopsis refer to Cream City Central’s own Brandon Valtierra’s article, “Packers vs Bears: Game 1 Recap” and Hunter Van Asten’s, “What Do I Know: Packer Madness.” Both of the articles can be found here on creamcitycentral.com.
Now, this piece is to give you the “Defensive Player of the Week.” Kentrell Brice had an exceptional game, he lead the team in tackles with 9 and even added a sack. Kenny Clark did a fantastic job inside as he clogged up the middle and stopped the run. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix picked up 7 tackles and made big plays in the fourth quarter. However, it was Nick Perry who earned, “Defensive Player of the Week.” He had 5 tackles and 2 QB hits which included a strip sack that sealed the contest for Green Bay. He provided pressure on Chicago’s QB, Mitchell Trubisky, all night, and in crunch time Perry proved to be too much.
With 58 seconds left in the game, Green Bay had a 1-point lead. Aaron Rodgers would complete a historic comeback as long as the defense held up. It was 4th-and-10 as Trubisky dropped back to pass, if Chicago converted they would have been creeping into field goal range with a chance to win. When the ball was snapped, Perry bull rushed past Bears’ lineman, Charles Leno, sacked Trubisky and caused a fumble that Kenny Clark recovered. This play was a must-stop for Green Bay and Nick Perry came up in a monstrous way. Even though he made an impact all evening, his play at the end of the 4th quarter made Perry deserving of “Defensive Player of the Week.” Besides Aaron Rodgers’ all-time great comeback, the Nick Perry strip sack will be a moment Packer fans remember from the historic night.
After the game Perry said, “This team is not willing to give up…we pushed through adversity.” That quote almost feels like an understatement right now as the Packers earned a gritty week 1 victory over a division rival.