Kyle Orton vs. Green Bay Packers


Every week I am going to try and get one of these written. Basically it takes the play caller playing center and his stats/history against the Packers. Perfect week to start as the first week is Kyle Orton. First some history on Orton.


Kyle Orton was first drafted in the 2005 NFL Draft in the 4th Round with the 106 pick by the Chicago Bears. 14 QBs were taken that year, with Alex Smith (SF), Aaron Rodgers (GB), Jason Campbell (Wash), Charlie Frye (Cle), Andrew Walter (Oak), and David Greene (Sea) all taken before Orton. Only big name QBs taken after him would be 6th Rounder Derek Anderson to Baltimore, Matt Cassel to New England, and Ryan Fitzpatrick to St. Louis.

After a preseason injury to starter Rex Grossman, Orton stepped into the starting job and started 15 games for the season. During the Bears Week 15 victory, Grossman took over and sat the next week. Since they already had a playoff berth set up, Orton started Week 17. Grossman started the playoffs and lost the first game of the playoffs. The Bears went 10-5 with Orton as the starter that year.


In 2006, Orton was demoted to 3rd string QB behind Grossman and Brian Griese. Orton never played this season.


In 2007, Bears were out of contention for the playoffs that Lovie Smith started Orton over Griese and Grossman. In the final three games of the season, Orton went 2-1 on the season.


To start the 2008 season, Orton signed a one-year extension through 2009 and started a QB battle with Grossman. Orton won the battle and kept a hold of the position till Week 9 when he injured his ankle. Grossman started the next game and looked great, so Orton rushed back to the starting position and finished the season with an average QB rating of 66.9. Lovie Smith felt that Orton was playing well and looked at him to be the starter next year.


Jerry Angelo had other ideas for Orton though, as he was traded to the Denver Broncos along with a 1st and 3rd round pick in 2009 and 1st round pick in 2010 for Jay Cutler and the Broncos 5th round pick in 2009.


In 2009, Orton played probably his best football to date. He led the team on a 6-0 record to start the game including the impressive win against the New England Patriots. Orton would suffer an ankle injury later in the season and was replaced by Chris Simms. Orton finished the season playing in 16 games, starting 15.


2010, Orton was named the starter again with hot shot rookie Tim Tebow nipping at his heels. Orton posted his highest yardage game, 476 against the Colts, and highest touchdown game, 4 against the Chiefs, that year. After an injury, Tebow took over and finished the season.


During the offseason, fans were calling for Tebow to start. New coach John Fox has kept Orton in as the starter. There were trade rumors of Orton to go to the Dolphins but the trade talks died out. As the season goes on, Orton keeps playing in a city where the fans want Tebow to start.


Since we got the history out of the way, now on to the stats of Orton vs. the Packers. Kyle Orton is 3-1 against the Packers but his numbers don’t show the exact story of that. Orton has completed just 49.4% of his passes for 447 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Orton only loss was at Lambeau field.


The first game that Orton played the Packers was December 4th, 2005 in Chicago. Chicago won the game 19-7. The Bears only touchdown in the game came off a Brett Favre interception returned 45 years by Nathan Vasher. Orton finished the game 6/17 with 68 yards and 1 interception.


Orton’s second start against The Packers was over two years later on December 23rd, 2007 in Chicago. Chicago won the game 35-7. Orton would finish the game 9/15 with 104 yards and 1 touchdown.


Orton would start the following season on November 16th, 2008 in Lambeau Field. The Packers would win the game 37-3. This was the first year that Aaron Rodgers took over for the Packers. It was a battle of 2005 NFL Draft picks. Orton would finish the game 13/26 for 133 yards. And because your curious, Rodgers would finish the game 23/30 for 227 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.


December 22, 2008 the Packers would travel to Solder Field and lose to Orton and the Bears 20-17 in overtime. Kyle Orton would go 14/27 with 142 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.


Overall, Orton posted a 3-1 record against the Packers but his only loss was at Lambeau Field in a blow out against an Aaron Rodgers led Packers. Orton has gone 42/85 for roughly 49% completion total. Orton also averages 111 yards against the Packers in the air. With only 2 touchdowns to 3 interceptions, Orton has a winning record against the Packers but that was with the help of defense, special teams and the running game.


On an interesting note, of the three interceptions the Packers have picked off, two of the players are still on the team. Charles Woodson and Nick Collins both have interceptions against Orton with Mark Roman being the only one left off the team.


Career Stats against Green Bay


447 Yards

2 Touchdowns

3 Interceptions


If he keeps his average, his stats for Sunday should look like:


111 Yards

.5 Touchdowns

.75 Interceptions

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