The Green Bay Packers rebounded from their Week One upset loss at Lambeau Field with a resounding 23-10 home victory over the Chicago Bears Thursday night. They will next take to the road for the first time this season for a Monday night match-up with the 1-1 Seattle Seahawks.
The Packers were jump-started by a dominant performance from its defense versus the Bears. Just four days after being shredded by the 49ers in Week One, the Packers defense collected seven sacks and four interceptions off Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler. Green Bay also limited the Bears to just 167 yards of total offense. That’s more of what was expected this season of a Packers defense that was bolstered through the draft and via free agency in the offseason.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, who also deserves credit for a gutsy, game-changing fake field goal call that resulted in a touchdown against the Bears, summed up the Packers turnaround succinctly.
“We got kicked in the ass four days ago and we were motivated,” McCarthy told reporters.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was his usual steady self against the Bears, completing 22 of 32 passes for 219 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Seattle will host Green Bay after a surprisingly easy 27-7 upset win over the visiting Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. The Seahawks were able to pull of the shocker with a stifling defense that held the Cowboys to under 300 yards of total offense. Seattle was also aided by a strong game from running back Marshawn Lynch, who ran for 122 yards and a touchdown.
The only major injury news at this point has to do with the Packers. Standout wide receiver Greg Jennings could be out again this week because of a nagging groin injury that is healing slowly.
The Green Bay Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks on Monday night could end up being a closer game than is reflected in the NFL odds. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and provide further analysis as gameday approaches.