Yesterday's matchup between the Bears and Packers featured some exciting play from both defenses, but little Fantasy value as the expected shootout turned into a defensive chess match, with both teams paying some heavy prices, despite a last minute comeback from the Pack.
Each team's offense was harassed all night long, and failed to put up the type of numbers Fantasy managers were looking for. But despite the overall lack of scoring, both teams gave reason to believe there will be plenty of Fantasy goodness to go around as the year presses on.
“Just give me one more drive guys.” Is all it took for Rodgers and the Packers to mount a comeback win on a 50 yard rainbow pass from Rodgers to Jennings:
The Packers and Bears showcased one of the more interesting and entertaining defensive chess matches of Week One, unlike some games that required a heavy dose of Vivarin to stay awake.
For four quarters, both the Bears and the Packers played with an electrifying intensity. Each team showed great improvement from a year ago, with sound fundamentals and the ability to go the distance.
The Packers unveiled their new 3-4 alignment which became the focus of much intrigue before camp, and became the center of attention during preseason; last night it stole the show. The Packers played with a higher energy level, bigger motor and better confidence which afforded the team 4 interceptions and 2 sacks.
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Matt Forte had one of the worst nights of his young career averaging just 2.2 yards a carry. The Packers did a very good job containing him and not allowing Forte to get out in the open where he is the most dangerous. He may continue to struggle until Oct 4th when he gets to feast on the Lions.
Much to the surprise of most managers was the absence of the entire TE play. Greg Olsen of the Bears was nearly invisible, while Donald Lee made less noise than a fart in the wind. Both TEs are a risky play next week.
Injuries were the overall price of this contest. Between the two teams the total number of guys hurt rounded out at 10.
Brian Urlacher (wrist), Desmond Clark (back), Frank Omiyale (leg), Pina Tinoisamoa (knee), Devin Aromashodu (quadriceps), and Charles Tillman (back) on the Bears side.
Atari Bigby (knee), Nick Collins (leg), B.J.Raji (ankle), and Brandon Jackson (ankle) for the Packers side.
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Now that you’ve swallowed all the Tylenol, and have ceased screaming at you screen (computer or TV) it’s time to relax. The Packers will more than likely start having immediate success considering the competition coming up, while the Bears may be a week behind. Either way, I'm Just Sayin' there is more to forget in this matchup than worry about, and both teams and their players should be fine going forward.