Packers vs. Bears: 9 Things We Learned About Green Bay in 27-17 Win
The Green Bay Packers looked very impressive in their Week 3 victory against the Chicago Bears. It was a close game throughout, but they went into Soldier Field and walked out with a big win against their biggest rival.
We'll cover the offense and defense as we look at nine things we learned about Green Bay in their 27-17 win.
Greg Jennings Is a Top Receiver in the League
From the very first possession, it was clear that Greg Jennings is not only Aaron Rodgers' favorite target, but that he is also one of the top receivers in the league.
Even with teammates like Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley, Donald Driver and James Jones, Jennings still finds a way to consistently put up fantastic statistics. In this game, he had a career-high nine receptions for 119 receiving yards.
No receiver in the league has so many talented receivers playing alongside him like Jennings does, which makes everything he does even more impressive.
Morgan Burnett Is One of the Best Young Safeties
With Nick Collins being lost for the season with a neck injury, the Green Bay Packers needed someone to step up badly in the secondary.
Well, it appears as if Morgan Burnett is going to be that player. Burnett, who is playing in just his second NFL season, looks like one of the best young safeties in the league.
He has made plays all over the field so far this year and his interception of Jay Cutler in the first quarter showed his great range and playmaking ability in the secondary. He finished the game with two interceptions to go along with a team-high six tackles.
Ryan Grant Deserves to Be the Starting Running Back
Even though Ryan Grant has been overshadowed by James Starks in the first two games of the season, he showed today why he still deserves to be the starting running back.
This was the first time that Grant looked like his old self as he was hitting holes hard and gaining yards after contact. At times, Starks looked indecisive with the ball in his hands, but the same wasn't true for Grant, who averaged over five yards per carry.
His experience and consistency is a big factor why he should continue to be the starting running back for the Green Bay Packers.
The Seconday Is the Weakest Link on the Team
Coming into the season, the Green Bay Packers' secondary was supposed to be one of the strongest parts of the team.
However, through the first three games of the season, they have proven to be the weakest link on this team. They are giving up yards in the bunches through the air and it doesn't appear to be getting any better.
If Green Bay wants to make a repeat trip to the Super Bowl, they are going to need to shore up their secondary quickly.
Donald Driver Is No Longer Starter Material
Listen, I love Donald Driver. However, it is time for him to be replaced by someone who is actually going to make a difference on the offensive side of the ball.
This is the second straight game where Driver has had absolutely no impact on offense. He is losing his targets to younger players such as Jermichael Finley and Randall Cobb.
The obvious choice for Driver's replacement would be Jordy Nelson, who has become a popular target of Aaron Rodgers.
Where's the Pass Rush?
One area for the Green Bay Packers that was rather disappointing this game was their pass rush.
Playing against one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, Green Bay didn't get their first sack until early in the third quarter. In fact, they weren't even able to put much pressure on Jay Cutler all game long. They finished the game with only three sacks against a horrible offensive line.
Neither Clay Matthews or Erik Walden were able to get to Cutler and record sacks. With the amount of blitzes that Dom Capers calls, it isn't good when they only end the game with one sack.
Jermichael Finley Is Unstoppable
We all knew about Jermichael Finley's potential, and we finally saw him tap into every last drop of that potential.
His seven receptions were impressive, but not nearly as impressive as his three touchdown receptions. In each of his touchdowns, Finley showed just how good of a receiver he is.
He is a constant mismatch for defenses and is turning into one of Aaron Rodgers' top targets.
This Is the Best Run Defense in the NFL
The Chicago Bears don't play an offense built around running the football, but running for only two yards through the first three quarters just shows how impressive the run defense for the Green Bay Packers truly is.
The Bears only gained 13 total yards on the ground, 11 of those yards coming from Jay Cutler. They were able to get penetration all game long and make plays in the backfield on Matt Forte.
With the secondary playing so poorly, it is necessary that Green Bay continues to keep big plays from happening when opposing teams run the ball.
The Packers Are Still the Team to Beat in the NFC North
Even with how good the Detroit Lions have looked through three games, the team to beat in the NFC North is still the Green Bay Packers.
They went into a hostile environment and came away with a big victory against their biggest rival. The division will ultimately come down to the Lions and Packers, but the Packers are still the best team in the division.
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