Green Bay Packers defeat Chicago Bears, 21-14
Chicago — Tight end Jermichael Finley couldn't be more ecstatic about his ever-expanding role in the Green Bay Packers' offense.
Specifically, Finley loves taking it outside, where he is showing remarkable prowess and potential running wide-receiver type routes.
"It's more than love," Finley said of playing so much out of the box. "It's, like, I almost just want to be married to it."
Coach Mike McCarthy, the chief offensive architect, apparently recognizes a good ...
Chicago — If on the first play from scrimmage you run through the Chicago Bears defense like a Windy City commuter through an unattended toll both, it would seem pretty logical that you'd be able to do it again.
And again and again and again.
Not so if you're the Green Bay Packers and your offense is a little bit off kilter. What happens is that you get close enough to smell pay dirt and then the mechanical arm comes down just as you approach the end zone.
GREEN BAY: Ryan Grant, 62-yard run (Mason Crosby kick), 13:12 left.
How they scored: On the Packers' opening play from scrimmage, Grant took an innocent looking handoff off left tackle. "Inside zone," Grant said. "Ran it a million times." When John Kuhn blocked MLB Hunter Hillenmeyer in the hole, WLB Lance Briggs dived and missed and SS Kevin Payne took a poor angle, Grant was off to the races and outran Charles Tillman to the end zone. "A lot of inside zones I jus...
Chicago — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers left a stadium without a touchdown pass for the first time this season.
It certainly wasn't entirely his fault, but he sure could have come closer than he did with a couple of better throws and perhaps a little more daring.
Rodgers completed 16 of 24 passes for 180 yards and no touchdowns, breaking a 19-game streak with at least one touchdown pass dating to a loss at Minnesota on Nov. 9 of last year. His two top r...