Packers: Tom Oates says Green Bay makes the grade against Bears

Packers: Tom Oates says Green Bay makes the grade against Bears

Blame the weather if you'd like, or Thursday Night Football, which doesn't always deliver the cleanest product in the NFL.

However, the injuries don't seem to be bothering the Packers.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette talks to some irked fans and rounds up the angry social media reactions of others, many of whom are threatening to return shares in the team or season tickets.

So, to say he "did his job" in the first half - or any Bears game so far - is simply freaky.

If the Bears can keep Aaron Rodgers off the field and limit his possessions, there is a good possibility that an upset can brew like in 2015.

Rodgers's Packers are first up and they've called on the 81,441 fans in Lambeau Field to link arms for the anthem preceding the game against the Chicago Bears. And rookie Tarik Cohen has cooled from his opening-day showing but still provides a refreshing boost to the offense to spell Howard. If the team can rush for another 220 yards on the ground, while keeping the ball out of Rodgers' hands, then I think the Chicago Bears will have a fighting chance. The short week isn't helping the Bears out one bit, but the Packers do enter the matchup with plenty of injury problems.

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Jones took a vicious hit on the play from Ricardo Allen that drew a 15-yard penalty moving the ball to the Atlanta 45 yard line. On Twitter, the team pointed out it did exactly that while hurrying up against the Minnesota Vikings last season.

Stopping Chicago's run game is the key to success, but that's easier said than done.

In a polarized society, Rodgers knows the united front felt inside the Packers' locker room doesn't extend outside. On offense, establishing a rhythm for the run game that hopefully leads into the pass game will be imperative.

The Bears drove 72 yards on seven plays in 1:33 in their final possession of the first half.

Two plays and 60 yards later, Green Bay was in the end zone again, it was 21-0 with just under five minutes to play in the first half and, for all practical purposes, the game was over.

Aaron Rodgers, one of this generation's great quarterbacks, is having another solid season - second most passing yards behind Tom Brady. This rivalry is one of the oldest in football and, oddly enough, entering Thursday night, the record between the two teams is tied: 94-94-6. With the Packers' makeshift offensive line plugging in the likes of Adam Pankey, Justin McRay, or possibly even newcomer Ulrick John tonight, the Packers are thinner than thin along the line.

The 33-year-old quarterback posted a photo of him and his teammates locking arms, while a cameraman in a hat films them from below.



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