Can Bears pressure Rodgers again?
December, 11, 2009
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com
Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIREThe Bears were able to pressure Aaron Rodgers in Week 1, limiting the Packers quarterback to a season-low 184 yards passing.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Lost in that opening-night heartbreaker at Lambeau Field was the fact Lovie Smith's defense did an excellent job against Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, holding him to only 184 passing yards on 17 completions.
Take away the late 50-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Greg Jennings, and it would have been Rodgers' lowest passing total since taking over the job at the start of 2008. Those 184 yards against the Bears are Rodgers' lowest output this season.
Pressure played a big factor in containing Rodgers -- the Bears sacked him four times.
Can they do it again?
"He's a good quarterback," Bears defensive tackle Anthony Adams said. "He has all the intangibles. He'll make you miss, he has a strong arm, and will make you miss coming out of the pocket. He's the second-leading rusher on their team, so he can hurt you in a lot of ways. The defensive line, all four of us, have to try and sack him and get in his face. We all have to work together to try and make him have to throw that perfect throw.
"We were amped up to play (opening night) because of the rivalry and everything. Guys were just antsy to get on the field for the first game. We played pretty well."
Will they be as antsy to get on the field for the 13th game? We'll find out on Sunday.