Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers relax after a big win over the Chicago Bears
When Aaron Rodgers says relax, you relax. On Sunday, Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers to a 38-17 trouncing of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
Rodgers on his weekly radio show on ESPN Milwaukee last week told Packers fans to relax after their 1-2 start. He backed it up and responded better than ever with a performance that had the Green Bay signal caller smiling all game in the Windy City yesterday.
Rodgers was 22-of-28 for 302 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions, and a ridiculous passer rating of 151.2. He tossed two touchdowns each to Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.
From the start of the game when he hit Richard Rodgers back-to-back times for the Rodgers connection, he must of figured that Sunday was going to be his game. It was, and the most incredible part of his day didn't even count because of a holding penalty. In the pocket, as Rodgers was being hit, and he just chucked the ball up and Davante Adams caught it in the end zone. It was a bummer, as is ridiculous arm strength was evidenced on that play.
Aside from Rodgers' big day, the offensive line had a big day, despite a few holding penalties by rookie center Corey Linsley. Much in part to a banged up Chicago defensive line, Green Bay's offensive line gave Rodgers, and helped second-year running back Eddie Lacy get kind of back in a groove. Lacy rushed the ball 17 times for 48 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Dom Caper's unit was getting gassed early. Jay Cutler found Brandon Marshall for a touchdown on the first drive of the game that took eight minutes and thirty seconds off the clock. But after Green Bay's offense built a lead late in the second quarter, the defense preserved it. On the day, Clay Matthews and Sam Shields both picked off Cutler.
It was a really good day for the Packers. Next up on the schedule, for a third straight week, is another NFC North opponent. The Minnesota Vikings come to Lambeau Field on Thursday night.
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