Green Bay Packers

Bears vs. Packers: Live Grades and Analysis for Green Bay

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 04: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers lays on the ground after being sacked by Shea McClellin of the Chicago Bears  at Lambeau Field on November 4, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Giancarlo Ferrari-KingFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2013

The Green Bay Packers lost their Week 9 matchup with the Chicago Bears.

Final Score

Chicago: 27

Green Bay: 20

Green Bay Packers Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseC-D+
Run OffenseA-A
Run DefenseB-C-
Pass DefenseC-C-
Special TeamsAA
vs. Bears Week 9

Final Analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: As expected, the loss of quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a devastating effect on Green Bay’s pass offense. Throwing for just 114 yards and one interception, backup QB Seneca Wallace struggled to move the football all night long.

Run Offense: Rushing for 150 yards and a touchdown, Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy went full beast mode against the Bears. Although the Packers lost, Lacy and fellow running back James Starks kept things close with their strong performances on the ground.

Pass Defense: It wasn’t a great night for the Green Bay pass defense. Giving up 272 yards and two touchdowns to backup QB Josh McCown, the Packers couldn’t slow down Chicago’s aerial attack.

Run Defense: After getting off to a great start controlling the line of scrimmage, the Packers run defense imploded. Allowing running back Matt Forte to rush for 125 yards and a touchdown, the Packers had no answer for the former Tulane standout.

Special Teams: Overall, it was one heck of a performance from Green Bay’s special teams unit. Whether it was blocking a punt early in the first quarter or keeping Devin Hester under control, the Packers special teams were superb against the Bears.

Coaching: After losing star quarterback Aaron Rodgers early in the first quarter, head coach Mike McCarthy and his staff did all they could to adjust. Whether it was calling a surprise onside kick or shifting their focus more toward the running game, McCarthy did a great job of trying to manufacture points for a struggling Green Bay offense.

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 04: Seneca Wallace #9 of the Green Bay Packers passes against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on November 4, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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First-Half Analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: After Aaron Rodgers left the game with a shoulder injury early in the first quarter, the Packers were forced to turn to backup Seneca Wallace. Throwing for 43 yards and one interception, Wallace has had serious issues moving this offense downfield.

Run Offense: With Rodgers sidelined, the Packers ground game got to work in the first half. Rushing for a combined 99 yards, Eddie Lacy and James Starks have carried the Packers offense so far.

Pass Defense: Green Bay's pass defense struggled in the first half, surrendering 196 yards and a touchdown to Josh McCown. With the Packers struggling to bring him down in the pocket, McCown has been in rhythm all night long.

Run Defense: After generating solid penetration at the line of scrimmage early on, Chicago running back Matt Forte managed to get things rolling. Allowing 42 yards rushing and one touchdown in the first half, Green Bay's run defense has had mixed success.

Special Teams: It's been an awesome start for Green Bay's special teams unit. Highlighted by linebacker Jamari Lattimore's blocked punt, the Packers' special teams unit has been outstanding.

Coaching: With Aaron Rodgers out of the game, head coach Mike McCarthy and his staff faced a monumental task in the first half. Outside of strong performances from Eddie Lacy and James Starks, Green Bay's offense has flatlined.

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