Green Bay Packers' 2009 Issues Haunt Them in 20-17 Loss To Bears

Dave AuerbachContributor ISeptember 27, 2010

CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 27:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of  the Green Bay Packers talks with a referee against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 27, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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In a game where Aaron Rodgers and company outplayed the Bears in virtually every angle of the game except special teams, the Pack faced the same problem that plagued them throughout the 2009 season:  Penalties.

Aaron Rodgers was great all night.  He extended plays with his legs, stretched the field with accuracy, and exposed the Bears' skeptical secondary.

Yet when it came down to the line, repeated miscues with the offensive line kept killing crucial drives that would have given Green Bay the lead.  

The offensive line for Green Bay did look like it was having trouble, but Aaron Rodgers knew how to keep the pressure down by staying mobile and avoiding pressure when it was coming.  

He was hit a couple times but nothing that was truly damaging to an offensive drive.  In his specific performance, Aaron Rodgers was in command and played great throughout this game.  

Jay Cutler and the Bears offense would make plays when needed, but would get some much needed assistance from the Green Bay secondary when they were repeatedly called for defensive pass interference calls.

When it would seem that the Packers secondary would make a great play to come up with an interception, another defender would be called for pass interference for some very unnecessary penalties.  

Of course, it always helps when one of the best kick returners in the league returns back to original form.

Devin Hester, who set records with his 2006 and 2007 seasons in kick and punt returns, showed he still has the abilities when he took one punt almost 40 yards back to set up a short field for the offense.  

Then, on the second play of the 4th quarter, Hester took the punt for 63 yards to the house, hurdling over the punter before getting into the end zone, and giving the Bears an early 14-10 lead.

If Green Bay is going to be a team that is expected to end up in Dallas this year as the NFC representatives, this repeated trend of dumb penalties has to stop.

This team led the league in 2009 with the most penalties, and it looks as if the trend has been carried over into this season as well.

This is something that is correctable, but Mike McCarthy needs to address this immediately.  It hurt the team last year and it just cost them a divisional road loss.

Ending the game with 18 penalties, a Green Bay record, is just unacceptable.  You can't win a game when you're playing against yourself.

 I'm confident in saying that Green Bay lost that game, not that the Bears won it.  

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