Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) sacked Chicago Bears quarterback Mike Glennon (8) who fumbled in the 1st quarter. The Packers recovered. (STEVE APPS, STATE JOURNAL)
(GREEN BAY) - Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes and the injury-riddled Green Bay Packers converted three turnovers into scores in an eventful 35-14 victory over the mistake-prone Chicago Bears on Thursday night. Rodgers connected with Davante Adams and Randall Cobb on short touchdown passes to help build a 21-0 lead in the second quarter of a game delayed 45 minutes by lightning between the first two quarters. The Packers overpowered the Bears down the stretch to slog out a win as intermittent rain fell at Lambeau Field. The Packers (3-1) lost two more key players to injuries. Adams left the field on a stretcher after getting hit in the head during a tackle by Danny Trevathan in the third quarter. Running back Ty Montgomery was knocked out in the first quarter with a chest injury. But the Packers capitalized on an awful start by Bears quarterback Mike Glennon, who accounted for four turnovers. Glennon fumbled on his first snap on a strip sack by Clay Matthews. Rodgers hit Cobb for a 2-yard touchdown pass three plays later for a 7-0 lead. The rout was on. Glennon fumbled on his next series, too, but the Packers couldn’t score on that drive. It was only a matter of time because the mistakes kept mounting. Glennon threw his second interception with 2:54 left in the third quarter. Six plays later, receiver Jordy Nelson caught his second touchdown pass, an 8-yarder from Rodgers, to make it a 28-point lead. Rodgers was 18 of 26 for 179 yards. He picked apart the Bears (1-3) on short, quick passes, a game plan in part necessitated by a patchwork offensive line. The Packers played without starting tackles David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga, and their three backup tackles are already on injured reserve. The injury to Adams cast a pall late in the third quarter. The game was delayed for about 5 minutes while medical personnel tended to the receiver, who gave a thumbs-up signal as he was wheeled off the field. The Packers said Adams was conscious and taken to a hospital for evaluation for possible head and neck injuries, and that he had feeling in all of his extremities. Green Bay at least gets a long weekend to rest after another costly week on the field. Both the Packers and Bears were coming off overtime wins Sunday. For Chicago, questions from Bears fans will persist about whether coach John Fox should turn to No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback following another lackluster night for Glennon. He finished 21 of 33 for 216 yards and one touchdown.
MILESTONES: The Packers are 95-94-6 against the Bears, their first lead in the series since 1933. It’s the oldest rivalry in football, dating to 1923. … Matthews’ sack on Glennon in the first quarter was the 75th of his career, breaking the franchise record since 1982 held by Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila.
RUN IT UP: Bears: Jordan Howard ran for 53 yards on 18 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Packers: Rookie Aaron Jones, a fifth-round draft pick, had a team-high 49 yards on 13 carries and a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He was the only active running back left on the roster with Montgomery and backup Jamaal Williams (knee) both knocked out of the game.
                           CHICAGO     GREEN BAY
First downs                     20            17
Rushes-yards                30-103         24-91
Net Passing yards              205           169
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     33-21-2       27-19-0
Sacked-Yards Lost             1-13          2-10
Punts-Average               3-49.0        5-47.6
Fumbles                          2             0
Penalties-Yards               8-62          7-55
Time of Possession           31:51         28:09
CHICAGO   -  0   7   0   7   - 14
GREEN BAY - 14   7   7   7   - 35
1st - GB - Davante Adams, 5-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Randall Cobb, 2-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - GB - Aaron Jones, 2-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
2nd - CHI - Kendall Wright, 5-yard pass from Mike Glennon (Connor Barth kick) GREEN BAY 21-7
3rd - GB - Jordy Nelson, 4-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 28-7
4th - GB - Jordy Nelson, 8-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 35-7
4th - CHI - Jordan Howard, 3-yard run (Barth kick) GREEN BAY 35-14
GREEN BAY - Aaron Jones 13-49 1 TD, Ty Montgomery 5-28, Jamaal Williams 4-11, Aaron Ripkowski 1-4, Aaron Rodgers 1-(-1)
CHICAGO - Jordan Howard 18-53 1 TD, Benny Cunningham 5-26, Tarik Cohen 6-24, Mike Glennon 1-0
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 26-18-179 4 TD, Brett Hundley 1-1-0
CHICAGO - Mike Glennon 33-21-218 1 TD 2 INT
GREEN BAY - Martellus Bennett 6-39, Jordy Nelson 4-75 2 TD, Randall Cobb 4-44 1 TD, Devante Adams 2-13 1 TD, Aaron Ripkowski 1-6, Jamaal Williams 1-2, Lance Kendricks 1-0
CHICAGO - Deonte Thompson 5-44, Kendall Wright 4-51 1 TD, Tarik Cohen 4-24, Josh Bellamy 3-36, Zach Miller 2-45, Jordan Howard 2-10, Dion Sims 1-8

Packers knock off Bears, 35-14

(GREEN BAY) - A patchwork offensive line and a handful of other injuries didn’t stop the Green Bay Packers as they trounced the Chicago Bears, 35-14, on Thursday Night Football at Lambeau Field. The Packers improved to 3-1 and will reach the quarter pole of the 2017 season tied for first place in the NFC North with the winner of Sunday’s Detroit-Minnesota game. Chicago fell to 1-3. With both starting offensive tackles injured, the Packers moved LG Lane Taylor to LT in place of David Bakhtiari and inserted Lucas Patrick at LG, with Justin McCray starting at RT for Bryan Bulaga. The result was an early lead, and the Packers never looked back. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was 18-of-26 for 179 yards and four TDs for a 128.0 passer rating before exiting after the first play of the fourth quarter. WR Jordy Nelson had four catches for 75 yards and two scores, while WRs Randall Cobb (4-44) and Davante Adams (2-13) added a TD apiece. Rookie RB Adam Jones, stepping in due to injuries to Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams, had 12 carries for 47 yards and a TD. Green Bay’s defense generated four turnovers, as Bears QB Mike Glennon was intercepted twice and fumbled twice. Glennon finished 21-of-33 for 216 yards with a TD and a 67.2 passer rating. RB Jordan Howard had 18 carries for 53 yards. Here's a recap of all the action.
First quarter: The Packers jumped on top of the Bears with two quick touchdowns and took a 14-0 lead after one quarter. The Packers took the ball first after the Bears deferred on the coin toss and got on the board right away. RB Ty Montgomery carried five times for 28 yards before exiting the game with a chest injury, and WR Randall Cobb caught two passes for 16 yards, setting up third-and-1 from the Chicago 31. On a play-action rollout, QB Aaron Rodgers found TE Martellus Bennett for a 26-yard gain down to the 5, and two plays later Rodgers connected with WR Davante Adams for the score. The Packers took a 7-0 lead just over five minutes in. Green Bay quickly added another touchdown, as Chicago QB Mike Glennon got the ball knocked out by Packers LB Clay Matthews on the Bears’ first snap. LB Jake Ryan recovered at the Chicago 3-yard line, and on third-and-goal from the 2, Rodgers found Cobb for the score. The sack was the 75th of Matthews’ career, moving him past Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and into first place on the Packers’ all-time list. The Bears got moving on a pair of passes covering 30 yards to WRs Kendall Wright and Joshua Bellamy, and a 15-yard personal foul on S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was tacked on, putting the Bears on the Green Bay 25. But after a 4-yard tackle for loss by LB Ahmad Brooks, the Bears botched a shotgun snap, and LB Blake Martinez recovered for Green Bay. The Packers went three-and-out, as WR Jordy Nelson couldn’t hang on while taking a big hit along the sideline on third-and-long. P Justin Vogel boomed a 62-yard punt, out of bounds, pushing the Bears back to their own 15. Green Bay’s defense got a three-and-out of its own, but an illegal block in the back nullified WR Trevor Davis’ decent return and put the Packers on their own 15. Rodgers was sacked by LB Pernell McPhee on third down, and Vogel had to punt out of his end zone. Vogel’s punt appeared to hit the back of a Chicago player’s leg while bouncing along, and the Packers recovered, but the officials ruled Bears ball. The Packers challenged, but the call was not overturned. As the first quarter ended, the game was delayed due to a lightning warning. The players cleared the field.
Second quarter: The Bears finally scored in the waning seconds of the first half, and the Packers took a 21-7 lead into intermission. After a roughly 45-minute delay, the Bears started the second quarter with first down on the Green Bay 47. The Bears picked up one first down, but a holding penalty on G Josh Sitton wiped out a nice run by rookie RB Tarik Cohen. On third-and-long, Packers LB Joe Thomas made a nice play deep in coverage, breaking up a pass for Bellamy at the goal line, and the Bears punted. It was announced that Montgomery would not return to the game, and on the first play of Green Bay’s next possession, rookie RB Jamaal Williams was slow to get up and was helped off the field. It was announced he had a knee injury. FB Aaron Ripkowski and rookie RB Aaron Jones took over in the backfield. Jones converted on third-and-1, but Rodgers was sacked by LB Leonard Floyd on the ensuing third down, and the Packers punted again. It was also announced Martinez was being evaluated for a concussion. He was later cleared to return to the game. Starting from their own 34, the Bears immediately got to midfield on a 16-yard run by RB Jordan Howard. But the Bears committed their third turnover of the game, as Glennon was intercepted by Clinton-Dix on an overthrow. It took the Packers just two plays to score. Rodgers found WR Jordy Nelson deep over the middle on the first snap for 58 yards, with Nelson getting pushed out of bounds at the 2. On the next play, Jones powered in for the TD, and the Packers led, 21-0, with 4:48 left in the half.
Green Bay’s defense turned in a three-and-out, but Chicago returned the favor and the Bears took over on their own 28 with 1:41 left. Passes of 14 yards to WR Deonte Thompson and 16 yards to TE Zach Miller got the Bears into Green Bay territory. A 29-yard catch-and-run by Miller made it first down on the Green Bay 13. A pair of passes to Cohen set up third-and-2 from the 5, and the Bears used their last timeout with 12 seconds left. Glennon then found Wright for the TD with eight seconds left, and the Bears got on the board.
Third quarter: The Packers extended their lead to 28-7 after three quarters and were looking for more. The Bears took the second-half kickoff and got moving right away. Passes of 22 yards to Wright, and 7 and 15 yards to Bellamy put Chicago on the Green Bay 29. The defense held there, though, and Bears K Connor Barth missed wide right from 47 yards out. A pair of Bears penalties gave the Packers two first downs and the ball in Chicago territory. On third-and-8, Rodgers found Bennett right at the first-down marker at the 32, but the Bears challenged and won, setting up fourth-and-short. Rodgers ran a play-action boot and found Nelson for the first down at the 28. From there, Jones ran three times for 20 yards, but a holding penalty on RT Justin McCray made it third-and-goal from the 16. Adams caught a short pass over the middle and took an illegal hit from LB Danny Trevathan. The personal foul made it first-and-goal on the 4. Adams was down on the field motionless for several minutes. He was wheeled off on a stretcher and up the tunnel to the locker room. It was later announced Adams was being evaluated for a head and neck injury and a possible concussion. He was conscious with movement and feeling in all his extremities, and was taken to a hospital for further evaluation. On the next snap, Rodgers found Nelson for the 4-yard TD, giving the Packers a 28-7 lead with 4:09 left in the quarter. After a holding penalty on the Bears, Packers S Kentrell Brice picked off another Glennon overthrow. It was Brice’s first career INT, and the Packers took over at the Chicago 42. A 26-yard pass to Cobb converted on third-and-6 and made it first down on the 12. As the quarter ended, the Packers faced third-and-6 from the 8.
Fourth quarter: On the first play of the fourth quarter, Rodgers found Nelson for his fourth TD pass of the game, and Nelson’s second TD grab, pushing Green Bay’s lead to 35-7. The Bears put together a 15-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that consumed 8:53 on the clock, with Howard finishing it off from 3 yards out. The Packers still led, 35-14, with 6:01 to go. Brett Hundley took over at QB for the Packers, who went three-and-out. Chicago ran out the rest of the clock.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams is taken off the field on a stretcher after an illegal hit by Chicago's Danny Trevathan during Green Bay's 35-14 rout of the Bears. (STEVE APPS, STATE JOURNAL)
Green Bay Packers defensive back Kentrell Brice (29) intercepted an Chicago Bears quarterback Mike Glennon (8) pass in the 3rd quarter. (STEVE APPS, STATE JOURNAL)
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) catches a 1st quarter touchdown from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12). (STEVE APPS, STATE JOURNAL)
Detroit      3   1   0   .750    99   70
GREEN BAY    3   1   0   .750   102   78
Minnesota    2   2   0   .500    79   76
Chicago      1   3   0   .250    61  104

Detroit 14, MINNESOTA 7 - For years with quarterback Matthew Stafford, the Detroit Lions were known for trying to outscore opponents in back-and-forth shootouts. Detroit appears to have a defense and running game to complement Stafford and the rest of the offense in 2017. Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 94 yards and a touchdown, and the Lions took advantage of three second-half fumbles by Minnesota to beat the Vikings 14-7 on Sunday. Second-year defensive end Anthony Zettel had two sacks, a fumble recovery and four quarterback hurries, and Detroit held Minnesota scoreless in the second half on just 120 yards. "Our defense is pretty good," said Lions receiver Golden Tate, who had three catches for 29 yards. "They are showing up week-in and week-out. It's hard to win on the road against a division opponent like that. We will take 3-1 going back home." Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook had 66 yards rushing and a touchdown as Minnesota took a 7-3 lead at halftime, but Cook left with a knee injury early in the third quarter when Detroit started its comeback. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said there is concern that Cook's injury might be to an ACL. He is scheduled for an MRI. "I told him he's not the first great running back to have an ACL, if it is one, and come back pretty good," Zimmer said. "Dalvin will have a great career." Minnesota (2-2) played its third game without starting quarterback Sam Bradford, who has a knee injury. Linebacker Tahir Whitehead recovered two of the fumbles for the Lions, who pulled even with Green Bay in the NFC North. The Vikings had 284 total yards after entering the game with the league's second-best offense, averaging 400.3 yards per game. "The guys play hard and we've been playing good defense except for a little hiccup in the last ball game," Detroit head coach Jim Caldwell said. "But other than that, our guys have been hanging in there and doing a good job. We're taking the ball away and that's one of the things that made a tremendous difference today. "We were able to cause some havoc with our guys knocking the ball loose." The Lions have 11 takeaways this season and lead the NFL with a plus-nine turnover margin. Stafford was 19-of-31 passing for 209 yards and a two-point conversion through the air as Detroit scored 11 points off turnovers. Minnesota's defense had six sacks and held the Lions to 251 total yards, but the Vikings went without a takeaway as four possible interceptions were dropped. Case Keenum was 16 for 30 for 219 yards passing for the Vikings in place of Bradford. Stefon Diggs had five catches for 98 yards. On the opening drive of the second half, Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon fumbled an exchange with Cook following a direct snap. It was McKinnon's first career fumble, snapping a streak of 442 attempts without one. Detroit kicked a field goal to draw within 7-6. Cook's injury and fumble occurred on the next drive, and the Lions countered with Abdullah's touchdown and a two-point conversion pass to TJ Jones for the lead. "It definitely makes us more diverse and more potent," Abdullah said of the running game. "I feel like if we have a solid run game, we know what we have outside and we know what we got at quarterback. Consistency is what I am looking for." Abdullah left late in the game with an unspecified foot injury, but said, "It's good." Minnesota drove for the potential tying score late in the fourth quarter, but on third-and-goal from the 3-yard line, Zettel was unblocked and sacked Keenum for the second time in the game. Keenum's fourth-down pass was high and out of the back of the end zone. "We just try and bring pressure, and dominate up front and just muddy the pocket," Zettel said. "I think we did a good job." The Vikings got the ball back with 1:51 remaining. But on the first play of the drive, Adam Thielen fumbled after a first-down reception and the ball was recovered Whitehead. "We knew it was a great defense and I thought that we had opportunities," Thielen said. "I thought we moved the ball really well. We just can't have turnovers. That's how you lose games in this league."
Green Bay Packers (3-1) 35, Chicago Bears (1-3) 14
Thursday September 28th 2017 (at Green Bay)