On Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears for the 100th time in the two teams’ shared legendary history. Green Bay moved to 99-95-6 in the regular season, and with their victory in the 2010 NFC Championship Game, they now have exactly 100 wins against their oldest rivals.
Sunday’s final result felt inevitable from the opening drive, as the Packers ripped off touchdowns on three straight offensive series. The defense got into the act as well, with two turnovers early — one going back for a touchdown — and a third early in the second half.
All that combined for one of the more complete performances this team has posted in Matt LaFleur’s two-year tenure as head coach. There are still issues to clean up on defense, as the unit gave up a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to make the final score closer than the game felt, but they are finally taking advantage of mistakes and forcing some turnovers with eight in the last four games.
Meanwhile, a few individual Packers hit big round numbers last night as well in their own statistics. Check out those marks and much more in today’s curds.
Packers' versatile offense must continue dominant trend | Packersnews.com (subscription)
The defense made some big plays in the first 40 minutes or so, but their garbage time struggles underscore the need for the offense to keep up its tremendous performance.
Aaron Rodgers' ho-hum, four-TD game puts Packers back near top of NFC - ESPN
So far, that hasn't been much of a problem. It felt like a fairly quiet game for Rodgers - the running game actually had its second-best output of the season - but he still finished the day with four scores and a passer rating over 130.
Aaron Rodgers, Packers roll past Bears – The Athletic (subscription)
Much of that success should be credited to the line, which allowed exactly one hit on Rodgers all game despite a Bears pass rush that features Khalil Mack.
Darnell Savage’s two-pick night started in the film room | Packers.com
Defensively, Savage was one of the highlights, as his two picks were his first of the season and doubled his career total coming into the game. The first came on a play he remembered the Vikings running against Green Bay's defense in week one.
Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams reach rare career milestones | Packers Wire
500 receptions for Adams and 50,000 passing yards for Rodgers are tremendous accomplishments.
‘Beautiful Trust’ Between Aaron Rodgers, Matt LaFleur Fuels Prolific Packers Offense - Sports Illustrated Green Bay Packers News, Analysis and More
So much for all those articles about impending clashes between the quarterback and head coach.
Officials: Utah's mysterious 'monolith' has disappeared - UPI.com
About two weeks after it mysteriously appeared, the monolith is gone just as strangely. No word on whether any apes were spotted dancing around it before its disappearance.