Chicago Bears defender Robert Quinn described the team’s mentality for the Sunday Night Football match against Green Bay Packers in five words: “Last week is last week.”
The Packers may have made costly mistakes in a 23-7 defeat to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1. But the Bears are gearing up for the usual Lambeau Field challenge against their NFC North rivals, who have won six in a row and 11 out of their last 12 meetings.
“I’m sure they’ve got some spatter on their arm from defeat,” said Quinn. “We don’t really care about them. We worry about ourselves and what we have to do to win the game. They lost and we won last week. But the last week is the last week. We just need to get ready for this week and see if we can keep something wonderful in this locker room.
So much for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is in this game. He had 113.8 points in eight home starts last year, according to the NFL, 109.1 in Sunday night, and 141.5 in his last four starts with Bears.
And after last week not dropping a touchdown pass as he is getting used to playing without winger Davante Adams, Rodgers could get offensive aid with potential returns from offensive liners David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins, and winger Allen Lazard who all missed opener.
Meanwhile, the Bears are trying to capitalize on their snappy 19-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 when they scored three touchdowns in the second half for their win. But quarterback Justin Fields would like a better start this time.
“We know it’s not a product they wanted to put on the pitch or taped,” said Bears quarterback Justin Fields. “We know they will come with something to prove this week just because they didn’t have the game they wanted last week. We are prepared for it. They are unlikely to make as many mistakes as they did last week, so we’ll have to get started quickly and just put the points on the leaderboard.
The Bears named rookie Velus Jones Jr. as hesitant to play as he is still struggling with a troublesome hamstring injury that has kept him away from the opener.
Packers can be healthier than the opener. Attackers David Bakhtiari (knee), Elgton Jenkins (knee) and Jon Runyan (concussion) and winger Allen Lazard (ankle) were listed as doubtful to play. Jenkins attended Friday’s practice sessions in full while the other three were capped.
When the Bears left the field in the opening break on Sunday’s opening season against the 49ers losing 7-0, the offensive coaches and players didn’t have much positive stats to cover on a rainy day.
The bears didn’t make it to 49ers territory until 2 minutes and 17 seconds before the end of the second quarter, and even on that ride, they didn’t score any points due to the odd shots penalty. Bear quarterback Justin Fields completed 3 out of 9 passes for 19 yards with an interception and a passer-by rating of 2.8. The bears had 68 net offensive yards and no wide receiver or tight end had a grip.
However, as the Bears regrouped in the dressing room to score a 19-point second-half in the win, Fields saw body language from offensive coordinator Luke Getsy who “got everyone on their feet.”
Getsy was smiling. Read more here.
It was music to Aaron Rodgers ears.
The four-time MVP quarterback was impressed by Watson’s outburst and thought it would be fun to give a North Dakota newcomer a chance to start a career in the NFL.
“We talked about it. “Do you really want to start with a b*mb shot?” Rodgers said. “I said,” Yes. What the hell? Why not? You know? This kid can really fly. Let’s give him a chance. “
By now, we all know what happened when this vision didn’t go as planned. Read more here.
Concerns over traffic, noise, property taxes, the impact on schools and a thriving village center top the list of concerns voiced by half a dozen Arlington Heights residents on Monday night over the proposed Chicago Bears Stadium and community development at Arlington Park Racetrack .
At a special Arlington Heights Village Council meeting held on Monday night at the Forest View Education Center theater, village staff gave an overview of the village discussions with Chicago Bears about the band. Arlington Park plans. The staff also outlined the next steps in this process. Read more here.
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