The Packers were able to get back on track, pushing their win total to 5-4, with a hard fought win in Chicago. The team lost key players to injury once again, but played well enough to at least pretend like we have a chance at a playoff run. Better than being a Browns fan, as always.
The Packer pass rush finally took control of a game, finishing with a season high five sacks. Mitchell Trubisky can throw the football, but the defense was able to continually make him uncomfortable and stop the Bear running game. That’s what they needed to do to beat John Fox and his rookie quarterback.
Offensively, Green Bay lost key weapons Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery for the afternoon, and very possibly much longer. McCarthy kept the play calling conservative, which made a lot of sense on a rainy day in Chicago. Coach did allow Brett Hundley to air it out in the important moments, and the third year quarterback stepped up to get his first win as a starter. The road to a potential playoff bid looks to be overwhelming with a bunch of good teams in the NFC, but we can keep hoping for another week.
The Packers overall played an impressive game on both sides of the ball. On defense, they did an excellent job at stopping the run, only limiting Jordan Howard to 54 rushing yards. They also did a great job at pressuring Mitchell Trubisky, with 5 total sacks, 3 of those coming from Nick Perry. When Trubisky wasn’t given time in the back field, he was forced to make bad throws that resulted in fourth downs. Offensively, they did a great job at controlling the clock by running the football successfully. Ty Montgomery had an early 37-yard touchdown where he was untouched and after he left with an injury Jamaal Williams ran for a tough 67 yards to close out the game. Mike McCarthy finally trusted his young quarterback and Hundley returned the favor by throwing two beautiful passes to Davante Adams. One for a touchdown, and another deep dime on third-down to close the game. That was the play calling many have been wishing for since Hundley’s been starting and they got some of that in a win.
Even though this was one of his better games, Hundley still looked very green. There were times when he men open but threw it away and one play where he had 15 yards of open field to run but he threw it away instead. Luckily for him he made big throws when it mattered and he had a great rushing attack to lean on. This was surprising because the Bears have one of the better defenses in the NFL compared to the Saints and Lions, whom Hundley struggled against. Trubisky had the best game of his career with 297 yards passing which is his high by 130 yards. When Trubisky did have time to throw from the pocket he found his receives wide open, including a 46 yard touchdown bomb to Joshua Bellamy.