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Sports Blogger: Michael Cavallo
Packers vs. Bears Recap: 12/12/21
In typical Packers fashion, the Packers started the game against a below average Chicago Bear team slow and sloppy. Aaron Rodgers had another stellar performance against the rival Bears, going 29/37 341 passing yards and 4 touchdowns. It is incredible, Rodgers only needs one foot to tear up the Bears. Rodgers wanted to remind the Bears that he is still their daddy! Minus Rodger’s terrific performance, the Packers special team’s effort was horrendous. Anytime the Packers had to punt, kick, or return the football you had to close your eyes and pray nothing goes wrong. The Packers special team let up a touchdown, an almost muffed punt return (thank God for that plenty), muffed onside kick, a kickoff out of bounds, and a ton of return yards. The Packers special teams was straight garbage. You know it was that bad when the crowd went wild when Mason Crosby kicked the ball out of the endzone so the Bears couldn’t return it. Playing special teams is all about effort. You can’t take plays off on special teams. Special teams can win or lose you games and I can’t wait for the Packers to blow a game because their special team sucks. In the first half, the Bears controlled the field position. Since the Bears dominated field position, they were able to put up early points quickly. Never in my lifetime, have the Packers drafted a fearful kick / punt returner. A solid returner can dictate the control of a football game.
Even though the special teams were weak, the key for the Packers victory was the turnover battle. Yet again the Packers forced two more turnovers. The one turnover was a pick 6 and the other one was a forced fumble that sealed the Packers victory. The Packers defense started off a little slow and started to heat up in the second half. I am still waiting for the Packers to dominate all three phases of the game, but I guess their best is yet to come. The Packers are on the road next week against a banged-up Baltimore Ravens team. The Ravens, coming off a bad lose to the Cleveland Browns, are looking to stay in the playoff mix. I am sure the Ravens will give the Packers all they can handle, even if Lamar Jackson doesn’t play. Next week, I would like to see the special teams to improve and for the Packers to start off strong and fast. The Packers are one win away or a Vikings lost for them to clinch the NFC North. Hopefully next week we can stamp our playoff spot. Stay tuned for my week 15 Packer’s win / lose prediction.