Thursday night wrap-up: Adrian Amos saves day for Packers as defense rules

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If defense wins championships, count the Bears and Packers as contenders.

Of course, it’s a 16-game season, so there’s a long way to go yet.

But the Bears and Packers combined for 467 yards, 10 sacks, a turnover, 20 penalties, 17 punts and 13 points. Green Bay’s 10-3 victory should leave the Vikings and Lions feeling as good as the Packers on Thursday.

If it seemed more like the fifth preseason game, well, perhaps it was because of limited preseason snaps for both offenses.

Aaron Rodgers didn’t play at all in the exhibition season, and Mitchell Trubisky handed off the ball three times. In the season opener, Rodgers went 18-of-30 for 203 yards and the game’s only touchdown, an 8-yard throw to tight end Jimmy Graham early in the second quarter. Trubisky was 26-of-45 for 228 yards and an interception.

Here are six more things we learned during Thursday Night Football:

1. Adrian Amos played the part of hero.

The Bears drafted Amos in the fifth round in 2015. He became a four-year starter and made 269 tackles, 18 pass breakups, three interceptions, a pick-six and three forced fumbles over 60 games with the Bears.

But Chicago couldn’t afford Amos, needing to pay Eddie Jackson, so Amos left for a four-year, $36 million deal with the Packers. He paid dividends for the Packers and came back to haunt the Bears.

With the Bears threatening to score the game-tying touchdown, facing a third-and-10 at the Green Bay 9-yard line, Amos intercepted Trubisky in the end zone on a pass intended for Allen Robinson with two minutes remaining in the game.

It saved the day for the Packers, who also had five sacks of Trubisky as their remade defense came to play.

2. The Bears defense still is really good.

Even without Khalil Mack getting even a quarterback hit, the Bears got after Rodgers. Leonard Floyd had two sacks and Roy Robertson-Harris, Aaron Lynch and Akiem Hicks all had one. Mack finished with five tackles, including one for loss.

Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari, one of the best in the game, had only two holding penalties last season. He had two on one third-quarter possession against the Bears.

3. Rodgers and new coach Matt LaFleur need time together.

LaFleur said earlier this week that he would “have a better answer for you here in a couple weeks about where I think we are.”

The Packers offense is a work in progress, with Rodgers and LaFleur still feeling out each other’s preferences and tendencies.

Green Bay gained only 213 yards, averaging 3.7 yards per play.

4. The Bears believe they have their kicker, but they will need more time and more kicks before they know for sure.

Eddy Pineiro, acquired in a May trade with the Raiders for a conditional 2021 seventh-round pick, made his only field goal. But it was only 38 yards, and it came in the first quarter.

The Bears had a chance to try a 51-yarder with 3:54 remaining in the third quarter but elected to leave the offense on the field on fourth-and-10. Trubisky scrambled for a 3-yard gain, with the Bears turning the ball over on downs.

Pineiro won the team’s kicking competition, finishing the 2019 preseason connecting on 8-of-9 field goals, including a 58-yarder against the Colts, and missing one of his four extra points tries.

5. Robinson looks primed for a big season.

He ended last season with 10 catches for 143 yards and a touchdown in the playoff loss to the Eagles in January. He opened this season with seven catches for 102 yards.

Robinson has become exactly the No. 1 receiver the Bears expected when they signed him to a three-year, $42 million deal during the 2018 offseason despite Robinson coming off an ACL tear in the 2017 season opener. Their patience is paying off.

6. Will Al Riveron ever overturn a pass interference call on the field? He hasn’t yet.

In preseason, the NFL’s supervisor of officials reviewed 15 pass interference calls on the field that were challenged. Riveron overturned none of them.

Riveron has said it has to be “clear and obvious” for him to overturn pass interference called on the field.

The first challenge of the regular season came with 13:44 left in the fourth quarter. LaFleur threw his flag on a 15-yard catch by Taylor Gabriel, arguing the Bears receiver pushed off Jaire Alexander.

The ruling on the field stood.

75 responses to “Thursday night wrap-up: Adrian Amos saves day for Packers as defense rules

  1. Not sure why the Bears decided to bring Rex Grossman out of retirement and start him tonight, but it didn’t go so well.

  2. Was it pretty no…. I was pleased with GBs def. The offense struggled. Offenses tend to start slow and def flourish early on in the season.

    So I am going to wait and see how the def. Does next week. Hopefully they can keep it up, but the offense needs to put up more than 10 points.

  3. After Aaron started to mumble on the second series, I got worried for Matty. But thanks to Trub we got the win. Go Pak.

  4. A field goal from the Bears. A field goal. At home, the opener on national tv. That is one awful offense. As an NFL coach said many years ago when asked about his offenses play by a reporter, “Coach, how do you feel about the execution of your offense?” He replied, “I’m all for it.”

  5. Gritty win by the Pack, although its unclear if the D is now awesome or if Trubisky just sucks. Probably a bit of both.

  6. The bottom line, the Bears offense hit rock bottom as expected. The Packers eeked out a win. Should be interesting to see which team can avoid the basement in the NFC North.

  7. Didn’t someone tell Nagy that the Bears had only 4 preseason games this year? The NFL can’t survive 15 more weeks of football like that let alone another 100 years. Trubisky used the preseason to get ready to don a Bears white baseball cap after changes in possession but not much else.

  8. The Bears would be a team to fear, IF they had a good q/b!!! All the other pieces are definitely in place………The D is awesome!!!

  9. Gee too bad there wasn’t a couple teams with 6 Super Bowl titles each who could have opened up season 100 instead of those 2 poor excuses of professional football offenses we were force fed tonight. Dreadful performances but what do you expect when starters don’t take any snaps in preseason. Who needs timing and precision, eh?

  10. OK, One down 8 to go to reach my prediction of 9 loses. The Bears offense was BRUTAL. Trubinsky was Brutal, tarik cohen is the most over rated player in football, adam shaheen drop another pass, howies boy missed about a million blocks, james daniels looked clueless. These are all Ryan Pace guys. Ryan Pace is the worst GM in football. The D played really well. The front seven is amazing. Another great idea by Ryan Pace is not signing Amos. This is what I thought they would be, solid D, meh special teams bad offense. That gets you a 7-9 record in the NFL. I feel bad for the Bear fans. This will be a disappointing season. Trubinsky is just BRUTAL.

  11. One guy that deserves high praise is punter JK Scott. He kept the Bears from capitalizing on videos position.
    Also, Eddie Peinero’s kickoff out of bounds killed the Bears early momentum, when it looked like the Bears might run Green Bay out of the stadium. The Packers couldn’t move the ball, but Scott pinned the Bears deep for the first time.

  12. Mitchell Trubisky is not good. There’s probably 40 other back-up and practice squad QB’s better than him. Ohh and kaepernick.

  13. An ugly divisional win by the Pack, but much, much better than an ugly loss. A few observations:

    Good –
    1. GB Secondary game ball. They are the real deal.
    2. GB pass rushers = 5 sacks and much smarter play on QB pressures and knockdowns.
    3. Mercedes Lewis – More than 1 target? Good for you Ced
    4. Scott and his monster leg/directional punting.

    Bad –
    1. Poor overall offensive production (It was the Bears, however)
    2. Rodgers still holding the ball a wee bit long for my tastes
    3. King and his hands. Catch the pic dude.

    Good start to the season, but improved offensive play will be needed to beat the Vikings in 10 days at Lambeau and build for the rest of the season. The best score of all tonight?:

    LaFleur/Rodgers tandem-1
    NFC North Opponents/Mugging Media 0

    Go Pack!

  14. My only real doubt is in Nagy. Trubisky may or may not develop into a really good QB but one thing is obvious, he is young and needed the preseason work. Also, is gadgetry hard-wired into this guy? They could have run the ball down the Packers’ throats but he just can’t seem to play that way.

    There’s trouble here, Sheree…

  15. Trubisky is awful and he showed everyone watching why, poor accuracy and decision making. The Bears traded up for this clown. The Bears will be the basement of the NFC.

  16. Trebisky could easily have thrown five interceptions tonight. I almost spit out my drink when Collinsworth said the interception at the end of the game was his “first mistake“. I have no idea what game he was watching.

  17. I know everyone wants to complain about the poor play because its these two teams, but honestly, this plagues the entire league the first 3 or 4 weeks. From the lack of practice and preseason time, all the games look pretty bad.

  18. Wow….a super long write up and not one mention of the two biggest problems in this game? How could you not highlight Trubisky and his below average play, or Matt Nagy and his awful playcalling. Even Stevie Wonder could see those were the biggest reasons the Bears lost.

    But when the Rams lost in the Super Bowl, the media couldn’t wait to say Goff was overrated and McVay had been figured out. You gotta love the bias around here.

  19. People ask why you need the pre-season. going forward tell them to watching 2019 Week 1 GB vs CHI. That is why you need to play some in the pre season

  20. abrasion says:
    September 5, 2019 at 11:51 pm
    I can’t believe the NFL thought it was a good idea to start the season with this trash.
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    What are you talking about, snowflake?? The Packers’ defense indeed seems to be remade. This was low scoring, old school, grind out, defensive FOOTBALL!!

  21. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    September 5, 2019 at 11:46 pm
    Our defense is world class and you know that. You do. Say it out loud. It’s true
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    though i hope our packers have a good defense, you must be joking. TrubPICksky is worse than probably 5-10 of the backup QBs in the NFL. There are probably 5 college QBs that could have done better than he did tonight, and this is his 3rd year.

  22. Horrible game, before the game I thought packers weren’t a playoff team. After the game the Bears and the packers do not look like playoff teams. It was terrible, the only thing worse than watching that game was if the Bears scored at the end and they had to play OT. The longest most boring series in the NFL.

  23. Let’s all tout great d-line play in the 1st real game of the season. Neither offense able to generate anything consistent with both receiving 5 sacks. So, is that good D-line, or bad o-line? So hard to know what we really saw from the first real game of the season.

  24. “The longest and the most boring series in the NFL kicks off the 2019 season. Since the 1960’s rarely have the packers & Bears been good at the same time. I don’t recall a memorable game between the two teams in the last 30 years.
    I hope the packers win tonight though to help my team. Because the packers aren’t going to be in the playoffs anyway.”

    I called this earlier but after looking at most of the 3rd quarter – the Bears do not look like a playoff team either. Terrible opener to the NFL season. The Bears packers games are boring.

  25. How much longer can you be a Bears Fan Every season it’s either this or that How much longer before we say we cant take this anymore.I hope this turns around but if they dont me personally I’m done.

  26. Did you watch the bears offense? I wouldn’t call the packers contenders just yet, wait till they play a real offense and maybe

  27. The Bears had a chance to try a 51-yarder with 3:54 remaining in the third quarter but elected to leave the offense on the field on fourth-and-10. Trubisky scrambled for a 3-yard gain, with the Bears turning the ball over on downs.

    Nagy made terrible decisions and this was probably the worst!

  28. therealraider says:
    September 5, 2019 at 11:50 pm
    “Even without Khalil Mack not getting even a quarterback hit”

    Mack is known for dominating a game, disappearing the next.
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    I mean it’s not all about the stats. Mack is getting double and triple teamed all day which is why those other guys got theirs.

  29. Sloppy game, except defensively. But relax, people, this is only the first game, and a lot of the key players in this game didn’t play much or at all in the preseason. It’ll get better.

  30. Gee too bad there wasn’t a couple teams with 6 Super Bowl titles each who could have opened up season 100 instead of those 2 poor excuses of professional football offenses we were force fed tonight.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    You must be talking about those expansion teamms.

  31. I don’t think Aaron Rodgers remembers ever winning a football game 10-3 since he won his first and only Super Bowl ring.

  32. imodan says:
    September 5, 2019 at 11:58 pm
    Gee too bad there wasn’t a couple teams with 6 Super Bowl titles each who could have opened up season 100 instead of those 2 poor excuses of professional football offenses we were force fed tonight. Dreadful performances but what do you expect when starters don’t take any snaps in preseason. Who needs timing and precision, eh?
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    You’re right- instead we had to settle for 2 teams with 9 and 13 championships. For those of you keeping track that’s the 2 most in the NFL.

  33. Okay, I was willing to give Trubisky the benefit of the doubt. I was hoping he’d made strides and was really learning to play QB in the NFL. Apparently those hopes were unfounded. I’ve seen high school QBs who made better on-field decisons than Trubisky. I’m done with him. He’s not the answer. The Bears are gonna have to draft a QB, because Trubisky is definitely not the answer. He just played horribly.

  34. Lmao, that game was pathetic. It’s not that defense was great, it’s that both offenses were horrible. If GB thinks that type of play will win them many games they are sadly mistaken. The Bears will go nowhere with Trubisky playing like that. Two way train wreck right there.

  35. I mean, who didn’t think Trubisky was a bust? He has not looked all that promising, ever.

    They had no run game to speak of, either, which obviously didn’t help matters.

    Green Bay invested in their defense this offseason and so far it has paid off.

  36. imodan says:
    September 5, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Gee too bad there wasn’t a couple teams with 6 Super Bowl titles each who could have opened up season 100 instead of those 2 poor excuses of professional football offenses we were force fed tonight. Dreadful performances but what do you expect when starters don’t take any snaps in preseason. Who needs timing and precision, eh?

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    Right. Except the two teams on the field Thursday night have 22 championships between them and 53 Hall of Fame players between them.

  37. I’m not sure which was worse, the game or that pregame concert they had on! Where did decent music go? My gawsh…..that was horrible!

  38. That game was a punting session.

    Aaron Rodgers needed some pre-season snaps because be came out looking like Trubisky the first 3 series. Bears defense is pretty solid. Packers did looked improved but I put more on how terrible the Bears QB is. Innacacture especially on short and mid range balls. Allen Robinson doing some super human adjusting on those deep saved him. Then he starts throwing hospital balls.

  39. What do you expect would happen in today’s NFL? Players union mandates you can only hit/tackle in limited amount of practices. Many teams only play rookies and subs for all preseason games. Players are limited in practice to keep them injury free for games. The 1st 4 games of every season are usually just like this. Defenses always ahead of offenses and it showed last night. What everybody didn’t expect was the Packers defense being on par with Chicago’s. Give them credit where credit was due. Nobody saw that coming.

  40. Omg, everyone is acting like these teams have amazing defenses.

    What really happened was that both teams OFFENSE sucked and it really made the opposing team’s defense look decent. That’s all that happened.

    It’s week 1. Barely anyone played the preseason and this is what you get. It’s really not that complicated.

    This is exactly why I always say teams need to play starters in the preseason a little here and there regardless of injury risk. Because this is the quality of offense you get when you never had real game practice as a whole unit.

  41. @Vikings4life The Vikings havent done anything yet,but you continue to talk shyt. As a Bear fan,I do give the Packers credit,for not screwing up as much as The Bears.you sir must have a the memory of a Goldfish,seeing how The Bears swept your team last year.The Packers made two more plays than the Bears,plus the fact,The Bears kept shooting themselves in the foot,as for The Vikings,you can always marvel at their (Vikings) little 2ft wide,by 2ft high,and 2 ft deep box that hold all of The Viking Championship trophys, or come to terms with the 22 world championship trophys between two of the greatest original franchises in NFL history.

  42. Perhaps? If you think preseason is worthless than don’t complain when the part of football that needs a lot of coordination isn’t magically there in game 1. Hopefully by game 3 or 4 the offenses will have caught up with the defenses.

  43. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    September 6, 2019 at 6:01 am
    Lmao, that game was pathetic. It’s not that defense was great, it’s that both offenses were horrible. If GB thinks that type of play will win them many games they are sadly mistaken. The Bears will go nowhere with Trubisky playing like that. Two way train wreck right there.
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    The light at the end of the tunnel for both teams is that hey get to play the Vikings and Lions twice.

  44. Amos saves the day? More like Mitchy saves the day, with a craptastic throw/bad decision that was an easy pick.

    They had time (2 minutes). They were already close (at the Packer 15). It was still only 3rd down, and they could get a 1st. The last thing he should’ve done was throw a prayer in the end zone. Could have still run their normal offense. He had a five yard completion that was open on that play. Take it, and go 4th and 5. Much better than a pick.

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