With a vintage Aaron Rodgers paving the way for the offense, the Green Bay Packers marched into Minnesota and put up 43 points in an opening-week win. The victory helped the Packers start off the season on the right foot, securing a tie in the early division standings with Chicago.
The Bears’ offense came to life in the fourth quarter to knock off Detroit at Ford Field, but a pair of factors, including defensive injuries and a key drop in the waning seconds, helped Chicago to the win. Some of those injuries could prove favorable for the Packers rather quickly in a Week 2 matchup against the Lions.
A few notes from Detroit, as well as some defensive panic from Minnesota, can be found in today’s rundown.
Chicago Bears (1-0)
Won at Detroit, 27-23; Next vs. New York Giants
Here is a recap of the performance on both sides of the ball for Chicago on Sunday in the team’s fourth-quarter comeback, including an up-tempo offense that helped its quarterback think less.
The newly-extended inside linebacker Danny Trevathan was one player in question following an up-and-down first week of action.
Reports indicate that the Bears were in on Brady during free agency, but the ex-Patriot did not want a return to cooler temperatures and opted for Florida instead.
Detroit Lions (0-1)
Lost vs. Detroit, 27-23; Next at Green Bay
From coaches to teammates, Swift received plenty of emotional support after a game in which his untimely drop played a significant role in the game’s outcome.
In one of the more bizarre events on Sunday, Detroit’s middle linebacker was ejected for a headbutt to an official.
The Packers might benefit immediately from a Lions secondary that was already missing its first-round pick at cornerback and then saw two additional corners go down with injury.
Minnesota Vikings (0-1)
Lost vs. Green Bay, 43-34; Next at Indianapolis
Daily Norseman looked back at five huge plays that influenced a Packers victory over the Vikings, including two pivotal Aaron Rodgers throws.
Minnesota’s defense has rebounded after dismal showings before and the trouble against the Packers could be a teachable moment as the Vikings head into the second week.
Perhaps the most surprising part of the Packers’ dominance on Sunday was first-half time of possession, and the difference in time was among the all-time lows in Vikings history.