Thursday, September 13, 2012

NFL WEEK 2 - THURSDAY NIGHT T&R

CHICAGO @ GREEN BAY

Forget about what are called the “skill” position players; Thursday’s night’s contest in Green Bay was about re-establishing defense and their special teams.  Green Bay harassed and harried Jake Cutler all night time, sacking him seven times, 3.5 of which were credited to Packers LB Clay Matthews.  The Green Bay secondary, which was expected to be tested, stood firm, relinquishing just one touchdown, and intercepted Cutler four times.  For the eighth straight contest, the Packers held Matt Forte without a touchdown, and kept him in check for just 80 total yards.  Brandon Marshall was even less effective, grabbing two catches for just 24 yards.  Heck, the Bears didn’t manage a first down until the second quarter.  The Bears handled Aaron Rodgers as well, holding him to just 219 passing yards and a touchdown, while sacking him five times.   New running back Cedric Benson amassed 81 yards rushing and a surprising 35 yards receiving on four catches.  At the end of the first half the only touchdown scored was generated by the Green Bay special teams on a fake field goal attempt.  What this says about each team is that both lines are struggling to protect their quarterbacks.  In just two games, Cutler has been sacked nine times, and Rodgers eight, putting both QBs one-fifth of the way to the numbers of sacks each had all last season.  What this also says is that both team’s defenses have just started to warm up.  It also says that the Bears vaunted offense is still learning each other, and hadn’t faced a unit as veteran and opportunistic as Green Bay. What this says even more is how good San Francisco really is to have held the Green Bay offense in check all day while protecting their QB.  The good news is that Greg Jennings has 11 days to heal up and should be ready for the Packers’ Monday night contest against Seattle.  Big note coming out of this game, Matt Forte is once again injured with an ankle sprain.  Check the injury reports in the coming days to see if it’s a high ankle sprain.  The Bears can ill-afford to lose Forte for an extended period of time, even with Michael Bush on their roster.  Forte is just too crucial as a part of the passing offense.  If you rostered Forte and handcuffed him with Bush, you're not going to get the same kind of output., as the most receptions he's ever had in a season was 37.  He has yet to make a catch in 2012.