Jay Cutler is the Washington Generals.
In a blowout practically unrivaled in this ancient rivalry’s history, the Packers blasted the Bears 55-14 on Sunday night at Lambeau Field.
For the second time this season, Rodgers destroyed the Bears’ defense. When Green Bay won 38-17 in Week 4, he threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns. On Sunday, Rodgers threw for 315 yards and six touchdowns, even while watching the final quarter-and-a-half from the bench. That gave him a two-game total of 10 touchdown passes (vs. only 15 incompletions) and a passer rating of 149.0.
It was a typical Rodgers vs. Cutler matchup. Rodgers is 12-3 vs. Chicago, including the game against the Bears at Lambeau Field on Nov. 4, 2013, in which he sustained a broken collarbone and missed half the season. He’s thrown 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Cutler is now 1-10 for his career against the Packers, including 1-9 with Chicago. He’s thrown 22 interceptions in those games with Chicago, including at least one in all 10 games. He threw two on Sunday, including a pick-six by Casey Hayward that gave Green Bay a 55-7 lead in the fourth quarter.
Green Bay (6-3), which has won six in a row following bye weeks, remains a game behind Detroit (7-2) in the NFC North. The point total tied the third-most in franchise history, last accomplished in a 55-7 win vs. Tennessee in 2012. Chicago (3-6) has lost three in a row and five of its last six.
For Rodgers, about the only thing that wasn’t perfect about his record-setting first half was his passer rating.
The Packers led 42-0 at halftime. At intermission, Rodgers had completed 18 of 24 passes for 315 yards and six touchdowns. That gave him a rating of 156.2 on the NFL’s 158.3 scale. His six touchdowns tied the NFL’s first-half record, set by Oakland’s Daryle Lamonica against Buffalo in 1969. The six touchdowns matched the Packers’ single-game record, set by Matt Flynn vs. Detroit in 2011 and Rodgers vs. Houston in 2012.
The 42 points in a half were the third-most in Packers history; it was the most allowed by the Bears.
The Packers wasted no time taking charge. Green Bay forced a punt on Chicago’s first series – a noteworthy fact considering neither team punted in the Week 4 matchup – and drove 71 yards for the opening touchdown. On fourth-and-goal at the 1, the Packers lined up with three tight ends, and Rodgers hit rarely used Brandon Bostick for the score.
Two plays later, Cutler was intercepted by Micah Hyde, who returned the ball to Chicago’s 23. It appeared former Bears defensive star Julius Peppers, playing outside linebacker for the Packers, got a finger on the ball, which allowed Hyde to get in front of tight end Martellus Bennett. On third-and-1, Rodgers booted right and fired a bullet to tight end Andrew Quarless for the touchdown.
The Packers then knocked out the Bears. On third-and-11, Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for a 73-yard touchdown to make it 21-0. Rodgers then hit Nelson for a 40-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 28-0. On both plays, the Bears blew coverage. On the first, cornerback Tim Jennings appeared to be expecting help from the safety, but it was far too late. Nelson caught the ball at the Bears’ 40 and cut inside of rookie safety Brock Vereen at the 30. On the second, Rodgers escaped pressure and again hit Nelson, who was well behind Jennings and standing in the end zone when he made the catch.
A 53-yard screen pass to Eddie Lacy made it 35-0 and an 18-yard pass to receiver Randall Cobb, who made an excellent over-the-shoulder catch against cornerback Demontre Hurst capped the first-half destruction. Cobb has scored in six consecutive games, the third-longest streak in franchise history.
Nelson caught six passes for 152 yards and two long touchdowns, giving him 16 catches for 260 yards and four scores in the two matchups vs. Chicago. Clay Matthews, starting at inside linebacker rather than his usual outside linebacker, sparked a strong performance from a defense that entered the game ranked 32nd against the run, 25th in total defense and 19th in points allowed. He had two sacks, though only one counted because Matthews was penalized for tackling Cutler around the head.
In series history, the most lopsided outcomes were Chicago’s 61-7 victory in 1980 and Green Bay’s 49-0 romp in 1962.
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