Don Jackson starting at running back; Packers-Bears inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 20, 2016 – 5:55 pm

161019-inactives-950The following players will not play in Thursday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears:

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23 CB Damarious Randall
24 CB Quinten Rollins
32 S Chris Banjo
44 RB James Starks
68 T Kyle Murphy
84 WR Jared Abbrederis
89 TE Jared Cook

Roster update: The Packers placed RB Eddie Lacy on injured reserve on Thursday. RB Don Jackson was signed to the active roster from the practice squad.

Starting lineup changes: #36 LaDarius Gunter and #39 Demetri Goodson will start at cornerback for Randall and Rollins. #82 Richard Rodgers will start at tight end for Cook. #34 Don Jackson will start at running back for Lacy.

Chicago Bears
6 QB Jay Cutler
19 WR Eddie Royal
32 CB Deiondre’ Hall
33 RB Jeremy Langford
36 S DeAndre Houston-Carson
71 LG Josh Sitton
91 NT Eddie Goldman


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Captains selected for Packers vs. Bears

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 20, 2016 – 1:25 pm

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be T David Bakhtiari (offense), LB Julius Peppers (defense) and LS Brett Goode (special teams).


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Rodgers fastest QB in NFL history to 250 TDs

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 27, 2015 – 12:57 am

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– The Packers lost to the Chicago Bears, 17-13, on Thursday night at Lambeau Field. Green Bay is now 7-4 on the season.

– Green Bay rushed for a season-high 177 yards, the team’s highest output since a 179-yard effort on the ground last season in Week 14 vs. Atlanta.

– The Packers will travel to Detroit next Thursday to take on the Lions in a prime-time contest, Green Bay’s fourth straight NFC North game. It will mark the first time Green Bay has played back-to-back Thursday games since Weeks 12-13 in 2007 (at Detroit, at Dallas).

 

OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Tonight’s paid attendance was 78,488, the 315th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

– QB Aaron Rodgers’ 25-yard TD pass in the first quarter was the 250th of his career. He set an NFL record for the fewest games needed (121) to reach the 250-TD mark, surpassing the previous record held by Dan Marino (128 games).

– RB Eddie Lacy rushed for 105 yards on 17 carries (6.2 avg.), giving him back-to-back 100-yard rushing games for the first time in his career.

– Lacy posted a 25-yard TD catch in the first quarter, giving him a TD in all six career games vs. Chicago. He is tied with Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (six games vs. Philadelphia) for the longest current TD streak in the league against one opponent to start a career.

– Lacy’s 29-yard run on the opening drive of the game was his longest of the season.

– WR Jeff Janis recorded a 64-yard kickoff return in the second quarter, his second straight game with a kickoff return of 60-plus yards (70-yarder at Minnesota in Week 11). He became the first Packer to post a kickoff return of 60-plus yards in back-to-back games since WR Robert Brooks in 1993 (Oct. 3-Oct. 10).

– WR Randall Cobb posted six receptions for 74 yards (12.3 avg.), giving him a catch in 51 consecutive regular-season games. That moves him past Don Hutson (1941-45) and Paul Coffman (1979-82) and into a tie with Greg Jennings (2009-12) for the fifth-longest streak in franchise history.

– RB James Starks caught four passes on the evening, giving him a career-high 30 receptions for the season. His previous high was 29 grabs in 2011.

– C JC Tretter started the first game of his NFL career.

– CB Quinten Rollins posted the first sack of his pro career when he brought down QB Jay Cutler for an 11-yard loss in the third quarter.

– P Tim Masthay placed two punts inside the 20-yard line, his career-high fourth straight game with two or more punts inside the 20.


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JC Tretter starts at C for Corey Linsley; Packers-Bears inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 26, 2015 – 6:00 pm

The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears:

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7 QB Brett Hundley
33 DB Micah Hyde
46 RB Alonzo Harris
55 LB Andy Mulumba
63 C Corey Linsley
84 WR Jared Abbrederis
88 WR Ty Montgomery

Starting lineup change: 73 JC Tretter starts at C for 63 Corey Linsley

Chicago Bears
19 WR Eddie Royal
25 RB Ka’Deem Carey
26 S Antrel Rolle
39 CB Jacoby Glenn
71 T Nick Beckton
83 TE Martellus Bennett
93 DL Will Sutton


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Favre’s retired No. 4 to be unveiled on facade at halftime; Packers-Bears press box notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 26, 2015 – 3:42 pm

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PACKERS HOST THE BEARS IN THANKSGIVING MATCHUP
– The Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field in the first home Thanksgiving game since 1923.

– Brett Favre’s name and retired No. 4 will be unveiled on Lambeau Field’s north facade during halftime. He is one of six Packers legends to have their number retired: Don Hutson, 14; Tony Canadeo, 3; Bart Starr, 15; Ray Nitschke, 66; and Reggie White, 92.

– Green Bay has won three of the past four games it has played on Thanksgiving.

– It will be the first time since 1994 (at Dallas) that the Packers have played a team other than the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.

– Green Bay is 3-0 at home on Thanksgiving, including two non-league games, and have outscored its opponents 43-0. This will be the first time Green Bay is hosting a Thanksgiving game since beating the Hammond Pros, 19-0, on Nov. 29, 1923.

– The Packers have won six of the last seven meetings against the Bears at Lambeau Field.

– Tonight will mark game No. 192 in the NFL’s oldest rivalry. The Bears hold a 93-92-6 edge in the series, which includes two playoff games (1-1).

– It is the 10th consecutive year that the Packers and Bears will play in prime time. It is the third year in a row that Chicago will play at Green Bay in November.

– Dating back to 1970, the Packers’ 19 prime-time games against the Bears are the most they have played against any team.

– Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 14-6 against the Bears during the regular and postseason, including wins in 10 of the last 11 games.

– In all but one of the 14 wins under McCarthy, Green Bay has scored at least 20 points, including scoring 30-plus points in each of the last four contests (31, 55, 38, 33).

– In the 13 seasons of the NFC North (2002-14), the Packers (eight) and Bears (three) have accounted for 11 division titles.

– With Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 5-1 in games played on Thursdays. In the six games, he has thrown 13 touchdowns and two interceptions with a quarterback rating of 113.4.

– Green Bay is in the midst of a four-game stretch against division opponents, with all four games taking place in the span of 19 days.

– It is the first time Green Bay has played four straight games against division opponents in a single season since 2000 (Weeks 14-17).

– Green Bay returns to the road in Week 13 to play the Detroit Lions. It will be the first time the Packers have played on consecutive Thursdays since 2007 (Weeks 12-13, Detroit and Dallas).

 

AGAINST THE BEARS
– With Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 13-3 during the regular and postseason against the Bears, with one loss coming in 2013 after Rodgers left the game with an injury after the first series.

– In the 16 games against Chicago, Rodgers has an overall passer rating of 108.1 and has thrown for a passer rating over 100.0 in six of the last nine matchups.

– In the last three games against the Bears, Rodgers has completed 58 of 78 passes for 806 yards, 13 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 146.7. He has registered passer ratings of 140.0-plus in each of those three contests (140.5, 145.8, 151.2).

– RB Eddie Lacy has recorded a touchdown in all five games against Chicago (four rushing and one receiving).

– In the past four games against the Bears, WR Randall Cobb has six touchdown catches.

– WR James Jones recorded two touchdown catches in Week 1 at Chicago and has seven touchdown catches in the last six meetings with the Bears.

– Over the past six games versus Chicago, LB Clay Matthews has 6.5 sacks, three interceptions and a forced fumble.

– LB Julius Peppers has registered 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the last two games against the Bears.

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
– Green Bay has won seven of its last eight NFC North games.

– The Packers are looking to improve to 6-2 against NFC teams this season.

– Green Bay is 14-5 against NFC teams since the start of last season. The Packers’ .737 winning percentage is No. 1 among NFC teams over that span, and the 14 regular-season wins are second only to the Seattle Seahawks (15-6).

– Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 78-36-1 against NFC opponents during the regular season. Green Bay’s 78 wins are eight more than any other team over that span (New Orleans, 70-46).

– The Packers have scored 39 points in the fourth quarter over the last three games, No. 1 in the NFL over that span.

– Green Bay has forced one or more turnovers in every game this season. If they force one on Thursday, it would be the fourth time since 2009 that the Packers forced at least one turnover in each of the first 11 games of the season (2009, 2011, 2014).

– Last week, Green Bay posted its seventh zero-turnover game of the season. That is tied for No. 2 in franchise history (since 1933), matching the mark posted in 2014 and trailing only 2009 (eight).

– Green Bay leads the league with three games with six-plus sacks this season. Dating back to 1963, the Packers’ three six-plus sack games ties a single-season franchise record (1966, 1978, 1991).

– Green Bay has allowed a total of nine first-half points over the last two games.

– In Week 11 at Minnesota, the Packers scored on six of their first eight possessions (two touchdowns, four field goals), including four of five in the first half.

 

OFFENSE
– If Rodgers throws one touchdown pass tonight, he would reach 250 touchdown passes in his 121st game, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (128 games) for the fewest games to reach the milestone.

– Rodgers is tied with New England QB Tom Brady with six games this season with two-plus touchdown passes and zero INTs.

– Rodgers has thrown for 914 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception over the last three games.

– For his career, Rodgers has thrown 91 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and has a passer rating of 111.8 against NFC North teams during the regular season. His passer rating ranks No. 1 in NFL history against division foes (min. 536 pass att.).

– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 21 of the last 26 regular-season games, including 10 of the last 12. The Packers are 18-3 in those games. Since the start of the 2014 season, Rodgers has thrown 61 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

– WR Davante Adams has 20 receptions for 208 yards over the last three games.

– Cobb needs one catch to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 51, which would pass Don Hutson (1941-45) and Paul Coffman (1979-82) and tie him with Greg Jennings (2009-12) for fifth-longest streak in franchise history.

– Jones has set a career high with 11 receptions of 25-plus yards this season. His previous career best was eight in 2013.

– In Week 11, Lacy recorded 100 rushing yards on 22 carries (4.5 avg.). If he records 100-plus rushing yards this week, it will be the first time in his career he has back-to-back 100-yard rushing games in the regular season.

– RB James Starks is four receptions away from surpassing his career high of 29 from 2011 (13 games). He has already set new career bests with 251 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions this season.

 

DEFENSE
– Over the last two games, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has 20 tackles (19 solo), an interception and a sack.

– DE Datone Jones matched his career high with two sacks against Minnesota in Week 11.

– Matthews has 13 career games with two or more sacks. He is one shy of tying Tim Harris (14, 1986-90) for No. 3 in team history (Reggie White, 16; Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, 15).

– Peppers leads the team with 6.0 sacks this season. Dating back to last season (including playoffs), Peppers has 10.5 sacks in the last 14 games.

– Peppers needs one sack to tie New York Giants LB Lawrence Taylor and San Diego/St. Louis/Kansas City DE Leslie O’Neal (132.5) for 12th most in NFL history (since 1982).

 

SPECIAL TEAMS
– K Mason Crosby tied the single-game team record with five field goals this past Sunday. He became the first player in NFL history to make five field goals of 40-plus yards in a game without a miss.

– In Week 11, WR Jeff Janis returned his first career kickoff 70 yards. The last Packer to return his first career NFL kickoff 70-plus yards was Dave Hampton on Sept. 28, 1969 (87 yards).

 

WEARING THE STRIPES
– Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Ed Hochuli (85), umpire Clay Martin (19), head linesman Patrick Turner (13), line judge Rusty Baynes (59), field judge Adrian Hill (29), side judge Greg Meyer (78) and back judge Scott Helverson (93).


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Rodgers’ six TD passes in first half tie NFL record; Packers-Bears postgame notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 10, 2014 – 1:26 am

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– The Packers improved to 6-3 on the season with a 55-14 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday night at Lambeau Field, Green Bay’s third straight victory against NFC North foes. It was Green Bay’s highest point total since scoring 55 vs. Tennessee on Dec. 23, 2012, and is tied for the third most in a game in team history. It was tied for the most by the Packers in Lambeau Field history.

– Green Bay’s 41-point margin of victory was the second highest against Chicago behind only the 49-point margin (49-0) vs. the Bears on Sept. 30, 1962.

– Including playoffs, the Packers have won nine of the last 10 meetings against Chicago.

– Green Bay improved to 22-7 all-time in Sunday night contests, a .759 winning percentage that ranks No. 1 in NFL history.

– The Packers have won their first game following the bye in each of the last six seasons. Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Green Bay is 8-1 in the game following the bye.

– Green Bay is now 12-1-1 in its last 14 NFC North regular-season games at Lambeau Field. The Packers improved to 3-1 on the season in divisional contests.

– Green Bay is off to a 4-0 start at home for just the second time in the last 12 seasons (also 2011). It marks only the Packers’ sixth 4-0 start at home since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger (1996-97, 2001-02, 2011).

– The Packers’ 42 points in the first half were the third most in a first half in franchise history and the most since the team posted 49 vs. Tampa Bay on Oct. 2, 1983.

– Green Bay’s 42-point halftime lead (42-0) tied the second-biggest halftime lead in league history (also 42 points by the Packers vs. Tampa Bay in 1983, 49-7). The NFL record is 45 points by New England vs. Tennessee (45-0) on Oct. 18, 2009.

– The Packers will stay at home to host the Phildelphia Eagles next Sunday at 3:25 p.m. It marks the second straight season that the Eagles have visited Lambeau Field (Week 10 in 2013)

 

OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Tonight’s paid attendance was 78,292, a new Lambeau Field record. It was the 305th consecutive regular-season sellout.

– QB Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes in the first half, tying Raiders QB Daryle Lamonica’s NFL record (six vs. Buffalo on Oct. 19, 1969) for the most TD passes in a first half.

– Rodgers tied the franchise record for the most TD passes in a game (Rodgers, Matt Flynn).

– Rodgers became the first QB in NFL history to throw 10 TD passes and zero INTs against an opponent in a single season.

– Rodgers joins Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger as the only NFL quarterbacks to post two six-TD passing games since 2012.

– Rodgers’ TD pass to WR Jordy Nelson in the second quarter was his 16th career TD pass of 70-plus yards, the most in NFL history as he surpassed QBs Brett Favre and Peyton Manning (15 each) for the league record.

– Rodgers threw three TD passes of 40-plus yards, the most by a Green Bay quarterback in a game since Cecil Isbell threw four TD passes of 40-plus yards vs. the Chicago Cardinals on Nov. 1, 1942.

– Rodgers’ 315 passing yards in the first half was the second-best total in either half in his career (335, first half, vs. Washington, Sept. 15, 2013).

– Nelson now has three TD receptions of 65-plus yards on the season, the most by a Packer since WR Antonio Freeman had four catches of 65-plus yards in 1998.

– With a 40-yard TD catch in addition to his 73-yarder, Nelson now has five TD catches of 40-plus yards this season. No other receiver in the league has more than three in 2014.

– Nelson’s 889 receiving yards this season are the most by a Packer through nine games since Freeman’s 903 yards in 1998.

– WR Randall Cobb caught a TD pass in his sixth consecutive game, tied for the third-best streak in franchise history. The last Packer to catch a TD pass in six straight games was WR Sterling Sharpe in 1994.

– CB Casey Hayward’s 82-yard INT return for a TD was the longest interception return by a Packer since S Aaron Rouse’s 99-yarder for a TD vs. Indianapolis on Oct. 19, 2008.

– LB Clay Matthews’ first-quarter sack gave him 8.5 in his career against Chicago, his most against any opponent.

– DB Micah Hyde’s interception in the first quarter was the first of his career.


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News now! Packers remain one game behind Lions

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 9, 2014 – 10:52 pm

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GREEN BAY–The Packers (6-3) remain one game behind the Detroit Lions in the NFC North title race, following a 55-14 win over the Chicago Bears (3-6) on Sunday night.

Packers cornerback Casey Hayward crowned the win with an 82-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, in one of the most lopsided games of the 190 played between the two teams.

Chicago’s Chris Williams followed with a 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Aaron Rodgers was the star of the game. He threw for 315 yards, six touchdowns and a 145.8 passer rating in less than three quarters of action. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler experienced another sad outing agaisnt the Packers; he was intercepted twice.

 

 


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News now! Packers coasting to victory over Bears

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 9, 2014 – 10:11 pm

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GREEN BAY–The Packers were coasting to victory, 48-7, heading into the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s game against the Bears.

Following a “blocked punt” by Jarrett Boykin — Boykin was in on punter Patrick O’Donnell so quickly the official ruling was fumble — Mason Crosby booted a 20-yard field goal to increase the Packers’ lead to 45-0 with 10:48 to play in the third quarter.

The Bears finally got on the scoreboard when quarterback Jay Cutler hit wide receiver Brandon Marshall with a 45-yard touchdown pass with 7:44 to play in the third quarter.

Aaron Rodgers left the game following the Bears touchdown, replaced by Matt Flynn. Guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang were also replaced in the lineup.

Crosby booted a 52-yard field goal with 5:07 to play, upping Green Bay’s lead to 48-7.

 

 


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News now! Rodgers throws 6 TD passes in first half

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 9, 2014 – 9:12 pm

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GREEN BAY — QB Aaron Rodgers threw six TD passes in the first half as the Packers were blowing out the Bears, 42-0 at halftime on Sunday night at Lambeau Field.

The Packers wasted no time extending their lead, as on the first play of the second quarter, Rodgers hit a wide open Jordy Nelson for a 73-yard touchdown, making it 21-0 just 12 seconds into the period.

That was Rodgers’ 16th career TD pass of 70 yards or longer, an all-time NFL record. Rodgers had been tied at 15 with Brett Favre and Peyton Manning.

Not long after, the Packers were back in the end zone. The defense forced a three-and-out and Rodgers hit Nelson deep again, this time for a 40-yard TD to make it 28-0 less than three minutes into the quarter.

The big play moved Nelson ahead of Billy Howton on the franchise’s all-time TD receptions list, into eighth place. He also moved ahead of Carroll Dale for 10th place in all-time receiving yards. Nelson surpassed 100 yards receiving in a game for the fourth time this season.

Rodgers also threw four TD passes in one half for the first time in his career.

The Bears finally threatened to score but came up empty. Going for it on fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line, QB Jay Cutler’s pass was almost intercepted by CB Sam Shields, and the Packers offense took over again.

Rodgers then threw his fifth TD pass of the half, on a screen pass to RB Eddie Lacy, who got good blocks on the right side from guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang and center Corey Linsley and then cut back to the left all the way across the field for a 56-yard score. A 29-yard pass to WR Randall Cobb and a 16-yard run by Lacy preceded the screen TD.

With that play, Rodgers improved his first-half stats to 15-of-18 for 283 yards and 5 TDs. His three TD passes of 40-plus yards made him the first Packers QB to do that since Cecil Isbell in 1942.

The defense came up with another fourth-down stop, this time with safety Morgan Burnett sacking Jay Cutler on a blitz. Clay Matthews had buried WR Chris Williams on an end around for an 8-yard loss three plays earlier, coming unblocked deep into the backfield.

The Packers were knocking on the door again after a 53-yard pass interference penalty on a deep ball to Jordy Nelson made it first-and-goal. But Cobb fumbled into the end zone after a short reception, and the Bears recovered in the end zone.

Green Bay got the ball right back, though, as Julius Peppers strip-sacked Cutler and recovered the fumble, putting the Packers on the Chicago 32-yard line with 1:02 left in the half.

That gave Rodgers enough time to throw his sixth TD pass of the half, an 18-yarder to Cobb on which the receiver made a spectacular diving catch, bringing the ball back into his body with one hand in the end zone. That made it 42-0 with 14 seconds left before intermission.

Rodgers’ 6 TD passes tied the franchise record for a full game, and Cobb caught a TD pass for the sixth consecutive game, the first Packers receiver to do that since Sterling Sharpe in 1994.

 

 

 


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Clay Matthews’ move inside has fans gaga

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 9, 2014 – 9:02 pm

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Mark from Sheboygan Falls, WI

“Turned loose, Matthews and Peppers could dominate.” Did you know they were moving Matthews inside? Looking good so far!

I’ll never tell.

Ryan from Eagan, MN

Vic, if this switch of Matthews to ILB is successful tonight, I feel the scheme-freaks will start chortling, much to my disappointment. What are your thoughts on the switch? What are we gaining and what are we giving up?

They’re using him inside on running downs, outside on passing downs. This is a gimmick. It’s working tonight but the next opponent will be prepared for it. There is no permanent scheme fix. This is just one game but it says everything about Dom Capers’ acumen for defensive football. The Bears got pencil-whipped.

Josh from Tyler, TX

Thanks for such a great daily read, Vic. The announcers seem to be making a real big deal about Matthews playing inside. Is it really that unusual?

Coach Capers did it with Chad Brown a long time ago, except he’d move Brown from inside to outside. This is what I mean when I write “empty his bag.” Coach Capers has a lot of tricks in his bag, but he has to have the personnel to use them.

Mark from Yucaipa, CA

Vic, another gutsy call by the coach. The conventional wisdom is this early in the game you take the three points. He obviously doesn’t read the fan comments in your column.

When you have Aaron Rodgers as your quarterback, you can do anything you want.

Lee from Marshfield, WI

Dom is a genius.

You don’t want to fire him tonight?

Steve from Austin, TX

Does it seem to you Eddie Lacy is thinking too much in the backfield, or am I just thinking too much?

Yes.

Andrew from Somers Point, NJ

You sly devil, you. You knew about the Matthews move to inside the whole time but didn’t want to blow the surprise.

You grossly overrate my access to inside information.

Clark from Kansas City, KS

Vic, has Matthews’ early success at ILB been an example of plays, not players? Is it possible the constant call for new schemes by the readers is actually justified?

Oh, you want credit for this move? This isn’t a new formation, it’s just a new man playing at a new position. That’s plays, not players? I say it’s players, not plays. It’s an old defensive formation with a new body. The body is what makes it work. Let’s put it this way: It’s a nice mix of scheme and execution.

Danny from Madison, WI

The Packers are a totally different team at home. I know there’s an element of home field advantage, but why the huge discrepancy?

That’s the way it’s supposed to be.

Matt from Scottsville, KY

The Packers have Cutler scared to death.

The Bears’ game plan is curious, to say the least. Against the league’s No. 32 run defense, 14 of the Bears’ first 18 plays were pass plays. I don’t get it.

David from Maitland, Australia

Get a big lead early. No huddle offense at its best. That’s how you stop the run (although they’ve been doing a good job of that today anyway).

I think the run defense is going to move up the rankings this week.

Matt from Huntington, IN

Fighting the urge to turn off the game. The Bears have given up. It’s sad.

This won’t wash well in Chicago. Rivalry?

Paul from Phoenix, AZ

Vic, I remember reading your column at the beginning of the year and someone asked you about Matthews playing inside linebacker. What is your take on his performance and do you think this change will stay the same way?

He’s played beautifully but I don’t expect him to be used in this capacity as much in the future. Why not? Because future opponents will be happy to have Matthews defending against the run, or play-action, instead of rushing the passer.


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