Packers pacify Bears to get back on level terms
(Reuters) - The Green Bay Packers made amends for a surprise opening week loss with a dominant 23-10 victory over division rivals the Chicago Bears on Thursday, as visiting quarterback Jay Cutler endured a game to forget.
The home defense swarmed all over Cutler, who was given little protection from his offensive line as he completed just 11-of-27 passes for 126 yards and a lone touchdown while getting sacked seven times and throwing four interceptions.
By contrast, his counterpart Aaron Rodgers completed 22-of-32 passes for 219 yards with one touchdown and interception, helping the Packers improve to 1-1 following their shock home loss to San Francisco last Sunday.
The Bears (1-1) also suffered an injury blow when running back Matt Forte left the field with a damaged right ankle early in the third quarter.
"It was a good win for us, we're one and one now, but it's one game," Rodgers told reporters. "We (have) got to get better on offence, the defence played incredible."
The writing was on the wall for Cutler from his opening snap, as D.J. Smith cut a swathe through the Chicago line for the first of seven sacks on the night.
The quarterback was clearly agitated throughout at his protection and is now 0-3 as a Bear at Lambeau with the loss also Chicago's fifth on the trot at the hallowed field.
"I care about this, this isn't just a hobby for me, I'm not doing this for my health," Cutler said when defending his on-field berating of his team mates.
"I'm trying to win football games, I'm trying to get first downs. If we're not doing the little things consistently the right way I'm going to say something. Continued...