Bears vs. Packers: Score, Highlights, Analysis and More

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor ISeptember 13, 2012

Well, I don't think anyone was expecting that. 

It's not the fact that the Green Bay Packers escaped Lambeau with an 23-10 win over the Chicago Bears that is surprising. It's the fact that the "ugliness factor" from both offenses was at a dangerously high level. 

Coming in, most people were expecting a shootout. The over/under was 51 points. 

The Packers, well, are the Packers. Aaron Rodgers, with or without Greg Jennings at his disposal, always seems to find a way to rack up staggering yardage and point totals.

But Rodgers, who took a big hit early in the game, just seemed to be missing that usual timing and zip on his throws. The normally dominant QB did complete 22-of-32 throws, and fired a beautiful 26-yard touchdown pass to Donald Driver in the fourth quarter, but relatively speaking, his 219 yards and one interception seemed somewhat disappointing.

I guess that's the price you pay for being as good as Rodgers is.  

On the other side of the ball, it seemed obvious that the newly-revived Jay Cutler-to-Brandon Marshall duo would decimate a Packers secondary that let Alex Smith move the ball with ease in Week 1. 

Wrong again.

The Bears offensive line crumbled like a delicious cookie (seven sacks for Green Bay), and on one of the rare occasions when Cutler actually had enough time to get away from Clay Matthews to find his old buddy, Marshall made a play like this:

Throw in a nasty ankle injury to Matt Forte, who was producing to the tune of 80 yards on just 11 touches, and it's not hard to see why the Bears were only able to muster up 10 points. 

In the end, Cutler finished with 126 yards on 11-of-27 passing with one touchdown and four interceptions. And if you think that's bad, just imagine his line before he threw a late 21-yard touchdown to Kellen Davis. Marshall, meanwhile, racked up a healthy 24 yards on two catches.


ESPN's Rachel Nichols brings us this quote from Charles Woodson, which is the perfect rebuttal to Cutler's "good luck" comments earlier in the week.

Just interviewed Charles Woodson on the field - he said: "It's the same old Jay. We just need to be in position. Jay will throw us the ball"

— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) September 14, 2012

Of course, the game wasn't quite so ugly for all 60 minutes.

The play of the game came late in the second quarter when tight end Tom Crabtree took a little dump-off from punter Tim Masthay on a fake field-goal attempt and went 27 yards to the house, untouched. 

While the game wasn't always pretty (that's quite the understatement from Chicago's perspective), Mike McCarthy and the team aren't probably too worried over it. What really matters is that they are 1-1 and have a win over a divisional rival, who is now also 1-1.