Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers 11/9/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 10 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
November 9, 2014
Finishing up the weekend slate on “Sunday Night Football” this week, we had an NFC North rivalry game between the Bears and the Packers. Both Chicago and Green Bay were coming off a bye in Week 9, so each team was rested and ready for this battle at Lambeau Field. Games between these two teams are always interesting, and this one was no different. That said, it was nothing if not one-sided.
Let’s take a moment to check out the key players and storylines from this matchup so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 11 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Aaron Rodgers tied an NFL record with a near-unbelievable six-touchdown total in the first half of last night’s game, and it was pretty much over before the first quarter ran out.
Rodgers started his epic outburst with a one-yard TD to Brandon Bostick, then found Andrew Quarless a few minutes later for a four-yarder and a 14-0 Green Bay lead after one.
In the second, Jordy Nelson got going, rattling off a 73-yard TD, followed by a 40-yard TD on the next drive. Eddie Lacy took one 56 yards to the house at the 4:48 mark to cap a 95-yard drive, then Randall Cobb finished up the half with a TD of his own from 18 yards out in the waning seconds. The result was a mind-boggling 42-0 halftime lead for the Packers.
In the third, Mason Crosby stretched it to 45-0 on a 20-yard field goal before the Bears could respond. Jay Cutler found Brandon Marshall on a 45-yard TD pass to get his team on the board (finally). Crosby finished off the scoring with another field goal (52 yards).
The Green Bay defense got in on the action in the fourth, with Casey Hayward returning an interception 82 yards for a score. Chris Williams would find pay dirt on a 101-yard kickoff return TD, but it was just cosmetic.
At the final horn, the scoreboard read 55-14 in favor of the Packers, as they notched another win in this historic rivalry.
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The Stars: All week, we’ll be hearing about Rodgers’ record-tying performance here. He finished with 315 yards along with his six touchdowns, part of a 451-yard total effort by Green Bay. The team also rushed for 132 yards on 32 carries. Being in lead-protection mode the whole game, that makes sense. Nelson ended up with the big night through the air, with 152 yards and two scores.
On the other side, Marshall had a solid statistical evening with eight grabs for 112 and the TD.
The Goats: The Bears’ deficiency here was pretty obvious. They simply couldn’t stop Rodgers. They had zero sacks, zero interceptions and allowed 10 yards per pass--not to mention 4.1 per rush. You can’t really blame Cutler and the offense when they’re starting out in that big of a hole, as teams in catch-up mode immediately become one-dimensional. That said, Cutler’s two first-half turnovers won’t help matters.
Injuries: The Bears’ Brandon Marshall left in the fourth quarter due to an ankle injury, so we’ll have to watch him this week to make sure he’s okay.
Outlook: Both teams have home games on tap for Week 11. The Bears will play host to the Vikings in another NFC North matchup (Nov. 16; 1:00 PM ET on CBS).
Meanwhile, the Packers will host the incoming Eagles (Nov. 16; 4:25 PM ET on FOX).
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