JC's Live Game Blog: Bears at Packers

Week 1 has finally arrived, and the Bears look to get the season off to a good start against long-time rival Green Bay. Your Editor in Chief checks in from Lambeau Field and keeps you up to date with another live game blog. Keep refreshing this page every 10 to 15 minutes for all the action as the Bears begin their defense of the NFC North.

(3:00) The day is finally here, Bears fans. The calendar technically says it's still summer, but you wouldn't know it sitting in the press box at Lambeau Field. Rex Grossman & Company need to get off to a fast start today against a lesser-talented Packers squad ...

(3:15) Rashied Davis is back deep and will receive the opening kickoff ...

(3:21) Wow, 49 yards to Bernard Berrian for a quickie touchdown and a 7-0 Bears lead. There must have been some sort of mix up in the coverage because he was five yards behind everybody. Grossman had been overthrowing the deep ball in the preseason, but that ball was right on the money ...

(3:26) Ahman Green gets stuffed on 3rd-and-1 as the Bears defense forces a three-and-out. Devin Hester doesn't do much with the punt return though and gets horse-collared for a loss ...

(3:33) Davis makes his first NFL reception and converts a key third-down conversion. Grossman hasn't missed yet. 1st-and-10 just outside the Packers 10 yard line ...

(3:35) And just like that, Grossman makes a horrible decision throwing into triple-coverage in the end zone. He was trying to force one into Desmond Clark, but Nick Barnett comes down with the interception and changes the momentum of the game. Everyone knows Grossman has all the tools, but until he learns to throw that ball out of bounds, he'll continue to struggle ...

(3:46) Thomas Jones finally shows some burst and come up with beautiful back-to-back runs, the second one for 17 yards to bring an end to the first quarter. Aside from the INT, Grossman has looked sensational. Two Packer possessions, two three-and-outs, two punts ...

(3:50) That's what Grossman has to do right there. 3rd-and-15, and although he stepped up in the pocket and looked to make a big play, he recognized nothing was there and threw the ball away. Robbie Gould nails a 40-yard field goal to give the Bears a 10-0 lead ...

(3:59) The Packers go for it on 4th-and-inches after Green got stuffed on third down. Brett Favre tries to sneak it but goes absolutely nowhere. Bears take over on their own 44 yard line.

(4:07) Now the Bears are lining up for a 4th-and-1 of their own. They can put this game away right here. The crowd at Lambeau is already half asleep. Grossman keeps it and converts for a big first down. The Green Bay faithful is booing the spot, but he got it by plenty ...

(4:12) A draw to Jones on 3rd-and-8 on the brink of the red zone? I think it's safe to call that play call 'Shoop-like'. But Gould converts another field goal to extend the Bears lead to 13-0.

(4:15) Fumble! Adrian Peterson strips the ball on the ensuing kickoff, and fellow special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo comes up with it. The Bears have gotten every break so far. A touchdown here might have Packers fans headed for the exits real quick ...

(4:19) Jones winds up for a halfback option pass, but the play is an absolute mess and ends up being a four-yard loss as the throw is actually complete to Grossman. I have no words for that play. Just a disaster all around ...

(4:21) Gould kicks another field goal, 16-0 Bears. Points are great and all, but they need to start converting some of these possessions into touchdowns ...

(4:26) Welcome to the NFL, Mark Anderson. First he sacks Favre on first done, then he pounds Green at the line of scrimmage for no gain. With Israel Idonije inactive today, the rookie is getting a chance to show what he can do. He looked awesome last week in Cleveland, too ...

(4:34) Packers kicker Dave Rayner duck-hooks a 53-yard field goal attempt at the gun. Halftime, 16-0 Bears. The game could not have gone better for Lovie Smith's crew the first 30 minutes. Pretty solid numbers for Grossman so far: 12-of-16 for 184 yards and a TD. Plus the defense has held the Packers to just 125 total yards ...

(4:52) No carries for Cedric Benson in the first half. Worth noting.

(5:00) The first punt of the day for the Bears comes with about 11 minutes left in the third quarter. Now that's worth noting. They are murdering the Packers in the field position game today.

(5:07) Favre made a few good throws on that drive, but once again, the Bears D locks down when they need to and force another punt. Hester hasn't quite gotten loose today, but even that 16-yard return was fun to watch. He's something special, no question about it ...

(5:10) Benson just got his first carry of the game. I was half-expecting at this point that he might not see the field. Two carries so far for 13 yards and a first down. No matter how well Jones runs the ball this season, Benson will be needed ...

(5:15) Jason McKie is a great receiver coming out of the backfield. That was not an easy catch, but he hauls it in on 3rd-and-1 and keeps a drive alive. That's three catches on the day for 23 yards.

(5:29) Yet another punt for the Packers. And there he goes! Hester 84 yards for the touchdown. Man, that guy is so fast in the open field. Solid quarterback play, airtight defense, special teams fireworks. What else can possibly go right for the Bears today? Hollywood couldn't have come up with a script this perfect.

(5:38) It's always just a matter of time before Favre throws somebody a freebie, and he just did to Charles Tillman. He is just not the same player, that's all there is to it. The Packers are awful.

(5:45) Maybe Charles Woodson does have something left in the tank. I have long been of the opinion that he's the most overrated player in the NFL, but he showed some shake on that punt return. 28 yards and a first down for the Packers in Bears territory ...

(5:48) Green looks pretty good today. He was a major question mark coming back off that thigh injury last year, but he's closing in on the centry mark despite no points on the scoreboard for the Packers ...

(5:49) What a shocker. Favre throws another one up for grabs as Danieal Manning comes up with his first career interception. He actually dropped one in the end zone two plays earlier. Favre is going to embarrass himself this year, wait and see ...

(5:58) You should see Favre's body language right now. He's got to be questioning his decision to come back and play this year. The Packers front office is probably thinking the same thing ...

(6:05) We've officially entered the run-out-the-clock portion of the ballgame, ladies and gentlemen. No one can claim that Benson doesn't run hard, that's for sure. He can take a lick ...

(6:08) And that's the ballgame, 26-0 Bears. Nothing short of a shellacking. If there is one complaint you can make, it's that the offense had to settle for field goals in the red zone. Aside from that, it was a solid effort all the way around. Even better, I don't have to go to Halas Hall tomorrow since Coach Smith gives the team Mondays off after a victory. Thanks, Coach.

Be sure to visit Bear Report for all the game analysis, all the quotables, and the Stud and Dud of the Week ... although after Sunday's performance, we might retire the Dud of the Week for a while.

JC


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