Sunday, September 25, 2011
Bears fail to pressure Rodgers, Packers
In a rematch of last season's NFC championship game the Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears and improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2007.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 297 yards and 3 touchdowns, all three of which went to tight end Jermichael Finley. Finley is the only Packers player to have three receiving touchdowns in a game against the Bears since 1960.
He's the first Packers player with three receiving touchdowns against any team since Greg Jennings against the Vikings last season, and just third to do so in the last 10 seasons.
The Bears vaunted defensive line struggled Sunday against the Packers, as Chicago was unable to get pressure on Rodgers when sending four or fewer pass rushers.
Rodgers threw all three of his touchdowns Sunday when the Bears brought four or fewer pass rushers. He threw shorter in those situations compared to last season and only attempted two of his 27 attempts facing standard pressure while under duress.
Rodgers' counterpart Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes, but also had two interceptions, his first game with multiple interceptions this season.
Most of his struggles came when he threw deep. Cutler was just 2-of-8 with 2 interceptions when throwing at least 15 yards downfield Sunday. It's the sixth straight game Cutler has thrown an interception of that throw length against the Packers, including the 2010 NFC Championship game.
Since joining the Bears, Jay Cutler has now thrown 9 interceptions against the Packers on throws of 15 yards or more, including the playoffs. That's the most such picks by any player during that time period against a single opponent.
Elsewhere around the NFL:
• Baltimore Ravens rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith had his first three career TD receptions come on his first three career NFL receptions. Smith scored all three of his touchdowns in the first quarter, the first rookie in NFL history with three touchdowns in the first quarter of a game according to Elias.
• The Arizona Cardinals suffered a loss against the Seattle Seahawks, but there was still some reason for Larry Fitzgerald to smile. Fitzgerald brought in his 67th career touchdown reception, moving him into first place all-time in the franchises history for touchdown receptions.
• Darren McFadden had a career-high 171 rushing yards in the Oakland Raiders win over the New York Jets. McFadden became just the third player to rush for over 100 yards against the Jets since Rex Ryan took over as head coach. His 171 rushing yards are the most any player has had against the Jets during that span.