There is a lot to improve by the Green Bay Packers, but there isn’t a lot of time to do it as they face their NFC North rivals the Chicago Bears, this Thursday at 8:20 PM ET at Lambeau Field in week 2 of the 2012 season.
The Packers opened the season as one of the favorites and one of the most prolific offenses, but Aaron Rodgers were held to 300 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, and despite it might sound like he had a decent game; he was essentially Green Bay’s only offensive weapon as their running game was abysmal again.
“They’ve got a great defense,” Rodgers said. “You’ve got to give them credit. They’ve got some of the top guys in the league at their position”.
“You turn on the TV, or you hear people say, ‘No, the Packers are going to beat them by two or three touchdowns,’ and you hear everybody saying all this and that,’ ” 49ers Patrick Willis said. “But we know what we have, and we have complete confidence in one another here across the board, offense, defense and special teams. As long as we have that and we’re still together, I think we’re capable of doing anything”.
The Bears will be a similar defense to the one San Francisco presented on Sunday, but they might not be as fast and dominant as people might expect.
Chicago beat the Indianapolis Colts 41-21 and never gave rookie quarterback Andrew Luck a lot of chance. They held the 2012 first round pick to 309 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions; he also fumbled once.
Also, the Bears unleashed the combination Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler, both reunited from their time in Denver. Marshall had nine catches for 119 yards and one TD. “I thought Indy, they weren’t really scared of him,” Cutler said about the way Indy approached Marshall. “They were going to let him make plays if he was capable of making plays. They wanted to stop the run, and they were going to play man against us and try to beat us outside”.