Chicago Bears: Different Year, Same Results; Bears Lose 23-10 to Packers

Matt Eurich@@MattEurichAnalyst ISeptember 14, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 13: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears checks his hand after being sacked by Mike Daniels #76 of the Green Bay Packers during the second half of the game at Lambeau Field on September 13, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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This time around, things were going to be different.

Different year, same results.

For the first time in years, the Bears supposedly had an offense that could compete with the Packers', but this just wasn't their night to shine.

The Packers beat the Bears 23-10 in a game that never seemed close. 

The offense started the game similar to last week, surrendering a sack during its first possession and punting after a three-and-out.  That sack would be the first of seven on the night for the Packers, led  by All-Pro outside linebacker Clay Matthews' three-and-half quarterback takedowns.

The offensive line never seemed to get into sync with left tackle J'Marcus Webb playing arguably the worst game of his career.  Matthews had his way with Webb most of the night, and following a particular sack in which Matthews beat Webb, Cutler was seen yelling at his lineman as he walked off the field.

In response to being asked about the run-in with Webb, Cutler said during his press conference, "I'm not going to walk to the sideline and act like everything is OK. It's just not going to happen, because it's not."

The poor play of the offensive line also forced Cutler to rush several throws into the opposition. He finished the night going just 11-of-27 for 126 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Two of his picks came in the fourth quarter, one leading to a Packers touchdown which put the game out of reach.

Cutler's lone touchdown came on a  21-yard pass to Kellen Davis on a 4th-and-7 in the fourth quarter with 8:04 left on the clock.

Last week's top receiver, Brandon Marshall, was virtually shut down for the night, catching just two balls on five targets for 24 yards.  Marshall dropped what should of been a touchdown in the third quarter when he let a pass slip through his fingers in the end zone after beating two-man coverage.

The big touchdown for the Packers came on a fake field goal in the second quarter when punter/holder Tim Masthay flipped the ball to backup tight end Tom Crabtree, who ran it 27 yards for the score.

Defensively, the Bears held their own against the explosive Packers passing offense. Rodgers threw for 219 yards and one touchdown,  but was picked off by Tim Jennings in the fourth quarter and was sacked five times, twice by Julius Peppers.  

Former Bears running back Cedric Benson had a solid night against the team that drafted him No. 4 overall in the 2005 draft, rushing for 81 yards on 20 carries.

Game Notes:

Matt Forte left the game in the third quarter with an apparent ankle injury and never returned...Michael Bush ran the ball 14 times for 54 yards in Forte's absence...Lance Briggs had a game-high 10 tackles, including seven solo...Charles Tillman collected his 28th forced fumble of his career in the fourth quarter, the most by any defensive back in the last decade...The Bears have the next 10 days off before a 1:00 pm ET game against the St. Louis Rams on September 23rd.

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