Matt LaFleur: Defense saved the day

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Matt LaFleur was hired as the Packers head coach on the back of his work as an offensive assistant, but his record isn’t 1-0 because of the work done by his offense on Thursday night.

The Packers defense held the Bears to 254 yards while sacking Mitchell Trubisky five times and intercepting him once in a 10-3 win at Soldier Field.

The interception was made by safety Adrian Amos while Preston Smith had 1.5 sacks and Za'Darius Smith added another sack. All of those players were signed by General Manager Brian Gutekunst this offseason and LaFleur noted that activity while thanking the defense for bailing out an offense that was quiet outside of an impressive first half touchdown drive.

“That defense was smothering,” LaFleur said, via Michael Silver of NFL Media. “It’s been awhile since a [Packers] defense came in saved the day. I’m so glad and thankful that Gutey invested in those guys. It was a great night for him, and for [defensive coordinator] Mike Pettine and our defensive staff . . . and our players, of course.”

The Packers now head to Green Bay for three straight games and will host five of the next six contests. They’ll hope the offense makes strides, but will do so with confidence that the defense can hold its own while that unit finds its footing.

76 responses to “Matt LaFleur: Defense saved the day

  1. Still not sure if the Packers Defense is that good or if the Bears Offense (Trubisky) is that bad.

    After watching the game last night, I’d be more inclined to think Trubisky’s inconsistency and poor decisions would have made any Defense look better than they really are. I’m honestly more impressed that the Bears Defense held Aaron Rodger’s and the Packers Offense to just 10 points. Rodgers is proven… Trubisky not so much.

  2. It was beautiful to watch. GB’s D is faster, more determined and a better tackling version of its past self. Will be a fun season.

    A great statement win. GoPackGo!

  3. If playing your starters in a preseason game for one quarter is the difference between winning and losing game one, what do you do?

    If you miss the playoffs by one game do you look back at preseason and think to yourself, it really wasn’t as meaningless as we told everyone?

    If the Bears were even marginally competant on offense, not playing the starters in the preseason likely costs the Packers this game because Aaron looked totally lost in the 1st quarter.

  4. Packers defense did look great, but that guy playing QB for the bears looks pretty awful. Week 1, yes. Would I be worried if whoever plays QB for the bears was my QB on my team with a shutdown defense again. BIG YES.

  5. Thats nice but Packer fans need to realize that many of their games the rest of this year will be against better O Lines and almost all of them against better QBs than Bears #10.

  6. Browns fan here. Mike Pettine is a great DC and appears to be a good dude. I will always wonder how he could have done as a head coach if he weren’t sandwiched between Ray Farmer and Johnny Football. Good defensive performance last night. Hope it continues.

  7. Lol. No Matt, the lousy Bears offense saved the day. Both defenses are getting credit when both offenses stunk the place up. GB will find this out next Sunday when they play the Vikes. Way to many weapons on the Vikes offense to contain. The only way GB gets a win in that game is if they paid the officials enough. Which if the past indicates, they will pay them enough. They’ve been protected since Wolf, Holmgren, and Favre showed up.

  8. Packers defense? or Bears pathetic offense? The Bears offense was indeed, quite deficient. Offensive line was ineffective – slow, out-of-position, missed assignments. Trubisky, just seemed totally out-of-sorts, and couldn’t hit a receiver for anything. Poor running backs hardly got to take a step before meeting an unblocked Packer. Nope. I’m not buying in on the Packer defense quite yet. The Bears offense would have made any opposing side defense look pretty good.

  9. I was impressed by how many alleged football experts called the Super Bowl — a defensive masterpiece in which the Patriots used a bunch of cast offs to hold the Rams to 30 points below their scoring average — a boring or even bad game. So it is only fitting that the league chose to instead kick off its 100th season with a game about as entertaining and technically proficient as two JV squads having a burping contest.

  10. #Packers CB Tramon Williams on last night’s game. “We knew they had a lot of weapons, we knew they were dangerous, we knew all of those things. But we knew if we could make Mitch [Trubisky] play quarterback, that we’ll have a chance.”…………YIKES the Bears may need to hit that send button to summons jay Cutler.

  11. Yeah, the offense played horribly, but like… The Bears D is seriously really really good. Rodgers got sacked like what, 5 or 6 times? It was a “boring” game but a really interesting defensive battle.

    Honestly, the Bears should have won this game easily, but they blew it really hard on constant penalties and Trubisky’s choking. In his rookie year, Trubisky would play clutch when it mattered, which is why the Bears won so many games with him. This game, Biscuit Boy threw a terrible pick, but he made some WOW throws. Like seriously amazing throws. I still don’t know what to think of him, I think he’s just always going to make those Favre bombs. It’s the first game of the season, I expect to see Trubisky make some serious strides in improvements. Overall I was impressed by the Bears squad, they just have to clean up their discipline and Trubisky needs to make smarter decisions.

  12. The nfl should have left the schedule alone and had the pats and steelers to open the year last nights game was 🖓

  13. Okay a couple of corrections on my end: This is Trubisky’s third year, not his second. So those clutch plays were when it was his second year. When I said “Favre bombs”, I mean he’s going to throw those 50/50 throws. But really, silly penalties absolutely killed any production Trubisky had in the 4th quarter. And his last drive was absolutely awful.
    I think people put too much stock in that last drive or that’s all they remembered, because Trubisky had some seriously elite level throws in this game, particularly those throws to Allen Robinson. I don’t know if Trubisky is ever going to pan out at QB, but it’s the first game of the season. It’s really hard to say how well a team is playing until like Week 6, due to limited practices. Don’t put too much stock into this one game, give it some more time on Trubisky (probably till the end of this year). He can make the throws and the reads, it’s just decision-making.

  14. Got that *W* and that was the goal. Mission accomplished!👏

    Yes, the offense will find it’s footing and 9 days concentrating on that will help. I expect better offensive results at Lambeau on Sept. 15th.

    When the offense starts running on all cylinders, look out, because the defense is a force.

    I also want to mention special teams. JK Scott is a true weapon. Anyone that doesn’t think that high quality punting and field position helps win games does not know football.

    Good division win against our only rival in the division. Now it’s time to get back to Lambeau and get to 2-0.

    We are off and running…

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  15. Not sure what everyone else saw, but from my perspective last night’s game was really, really b-a-d. Rodgers looked like he hadn’t played football in awhile (he was good for 2 minutes) and Trubisky basically looked like the same version Trubisky we saw last year. Collinsworth and Michaels barely seemed like they were interested, especially in the 1st half. A complete dud of an opening night game.

  16. A very good demonstration of why 4 preseason games are needed and why the starters need to play more in those games, especially the skill players on offense. Defenses were ready to go last night and offenses looked like they were just unpacked from the crate.

  17. Vikings have yet to play a real game, yet already are declaring they are going to beat the Packers.

    Delusional doesn’t cover it for the purple fans. Pack is 1-0. We’ll see after Sunday if the Vikes can say the same. Pre-season is way different than regular season play, lest the purples forget they have gone 4-0 in pre-season play in years past only to be destroyed in the regular season.

    Great win Pack! Go Pack Go!!

  18. The first game of the season and people expect a masterpiece on offense? it was a defensive gem and for the Packers a beautiful Piccaso. Rodgers and the offense will come around as every team dont possess the top rated defense like the Bears put on the field.this Packers defense will only get better and that will lead to beautiful things in Green Bay.

  19. If anybody expected this game to be an offensive fireworks shows …. wrong. Not a preseason snap for either team, 1st year coach/offensive system for Packers and Trubisky for Bears. However, Bears had big advantage being at home and offensive system for 3 years. Give Packer defense their due … they played better than anybody dreamed they would. Last night the Packer defense was better than the Bear offense. Who would have thought?

  20. I love how if the Bears sack AR, great defense. Packers match the sacks, get an INT, disrupt the line of scrimmage, force the QB to make bad throws and it’s the offense that sucks.

    Mack didn’t have a single sack.

    Bears claimed Dix > Amos.

    Was Ha Ha even active?

  21. Pack now with extra time to study the tape, and break down the Vikings opener.
    Kirk better hope adding one rookie to the O line solves all last season’s issues.
    Atlanta is a sleeper, wouldn’t be surprised if the Purps come in 0-1.

  22. It was a one-possession game for the entire 60 minutes. If that’s a boring game, then you have attention-span issues.

  23. Last night looked like preseason game, i guess thats what happens when you dont play your starters in the preseason, they suck the first few weeks of the season

  24. Any win against a division rival is a good one, when it’s against the Bears it’s even sweeter.
    But the icing on the cake will be next Wednesday when Week 2 Power Rankings come out. The Packers will make the top 10 leapfrogging both the Bears and the Vikings.

    Cue the Viking fans heads exploding in 3, 2, 1 ….

  25. Where is everyone commenting that this was a boring game? Just a lot of compliments about how great the defenses were. Completely different from the Super Bowl. I guess you all have short memories, or just hate that the Pats won again.

  26. As a Vikings fan I found this game deeply concerning. The Bears defense looked strong as always. The Bears Offense was a mess mostly with poor throws by the QB but was he pressured into them by GB? Hard to tell if the Packer defense is that strong from this one outing, but a win on the road allowing only 3 pts says something. It is clear we will have our hands full with either team and if Chicago gets their offense going it will only be worse. Anyone who looks forward to playing the NFC NORTH is crazy. The black and blue division is back and my advice is don’t bet the spread.

  27. Nope. Both vanilla offenses saved the night. Looks like both teams are already done for the year. Oh well, there’s always next year, and the year after?????

  28. AOC is glad Al Gore invented football and discovered Mexico says:
    September 6, 2019 at 6:34 am
    Still not sure if the Packers Defense is that good or if the Bears Offense (Trubisky) is that bad.

    After watching the game last night, I’d be more inclined to think Trubisky’s inconsistency and poor decisions would have made any Defense look better than they really are. I’m honestly more impressed that the Bears Defense held Aaron Rodger’s and the Packers Offense to just 10 points. Rodgers is proven… Trubisky not so much.

    ——

    I don’t think Trubisky was that bad. I do think the overall offense was a mess. It’s not Trubisky’s fault they had 10 people on the field, that Cohen couldn’t catch, that his receiver pushed off with both hands on a bomb, or that they ran the ball 8 times.

  29. No, Matt, what saved the day was you clearly gave “Ohhhh Aaron Rodgers” the reigns in the 2nd quarter. Once he started running the offense instead of just executing your script, everything changed. Sure, the defense is much improved. But CHI was a total mess on offense in terms of communication, play calling and stupid penalties. That didn’t hurt.

  30. Good defense is fun to watch and beats some of those “9-man” football games the league often puts out. Typical NFC North slugfest. AFC North also puts on shows like this.

  31. Packer fan here. Bears fans relax, your offense will come around and your defense will continue to be rock solid. Hopefully the NFC North will have two playoff teams, with the Packers being the second one.

  32. The NFL chose to start its 100th season with the two most storied, most successful franchises in the history of professional football. The greatest rivalry in all of sports. There wouldn’t even be an NFL were it not for the efforts of George Halas and to a lesser degree, Curly Lambeau.

    90% of fans, worldwide, would have chosen this exact match-up as the most fitting to kickoff the league’s 100th season; and yet, all 42 of him are in a tizzy because his “world class organization,” with barely half the history and none of the success, wasn’t invited to the party.

  33. It was great to see the Packer defense contribute instead of putting everything on Rodgers’ shoulders as it was in the past. I’m not worried about the Packers offense. Let’s remember that they were playing against the top defense in the NFL with Mack and many other great players. Couple that with it being opening night in Chicago and that is no easy task. Let’s remember that the Bears made the Rams offense look inept last season. But it’s great to have a defense that is accountable and no longer a push over.

  34. The defenses looked great because the offenses were terrible and that’s because starters play so little in the preseason. When teams aren’t ready to play, the advantage goes to the defense because offense is more dependent on cohesion and timing. When that’s not there, defenses, who play by reacting to the offense, have an easier time doing their job.

  35. Alan Light says:
    September 6, 2019 at 10:10 am
    Neither team that played last night will be in the playoffs…

    +++++++++++++

    Well if that’s the case, Lions fans should start their party planning now. Because SOMEBODY has to represent the NFC North and it ain’t going to be the Vikings.

  36. “Rodgers is proven… Trubisky not so much.”
    ________________

    Trubisky is on the verge of being proven. Just not in the way the Bears were hoping.

  37. packmad1 says:
    September 6, 2019 at 8:35 am
    Vikings have yet to play a real game, yet already are declaring they are going to beat the Packers.

    ———-

    Well the Packers now have a winning record so if the Vikings have any hope of a win they better not start Kirk Cousins

  38. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    September 6, 2019 at 7:42 am
    Lol. No Matt, the lousy Bears offense saved the day. Both defenses are getting credit when both offenses stunk the place up. GB will find this out next Sunday when they play the Vikes. Way to many weapons on the Vikes offense to contain. The only way GB gets a win in that game is if they paid the officials enough. Which if the past indicates, they will pay them enough. They’ve been protected since Wolf, Holmgren, and Favre showed up.
    ______________________________________________

    LOL, you just never quit, do you? Newsflash … the Vikings offense has an absolute zero edge over the Packers’ new defense, and you will find that out next Sunday. The Packers dropped two interceptions last night, so they should have had three of them. Kirk Cousins is no better than Mitch Trubisky, so, no … it’s not going to go your way, sorry.

  39. Bears claimed Dix > Amos.

    Was Ha Ha even active?
    =====

    Had a strip on Rodgers long run.

    And were any plays made in the deep part of the field? Aside from the bomb to MVS, which was on the other S….

  40. Matt Nagy’s smoke and mirrors offense is starting to get figured out. The Pack just gave the league the blueprint.

    The Bears D is still top notch. Pagano should be applauded by Bears fans.

    See you at Lambeau in week 15 Bears fans. I hope you are still in the hunt at that point.

    #WeOwnYou

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackerNation!✊

  41. Nice tackling by Pettine’s unit, Trubisky is garbage. Great game.
    These techmo-bowl 42-45 games are boring, defensive struggles are better.

  42. Poor coaching and lack of preparation cost the Bears. They didnt kick that 50 yard FG, and instead went for 4th and 10? There were 2 consecutive delay of games, which put them out of FG range. Then there was that drive with the 1st and 40. For Some reason they were trying to save time at the end of the 2nd quarter… then they were running a 2 minute drill with 5 minute left and 3 time outs at the end of the game.

    What were they thinking? Also Trubisky looked terrible.

  43. Oh and there was that stupid play call where they went for it on 4th and inches, but they decided to pass/run with Trubisky? So DUMB! Just sneak it, or run it. The bears out smarted themselves yesterday.

  44. tokyosandblaster says:
    September 6, 2019 at 10:33 am
    With the Packers first bye next week, it will be nice to have two weeks to prepare for the Broncos
    ——
    Talk about a delusional fan base.
    Go ahead. I hope you and the team consider week #2 as a bye week.

  45. Mitch trubisky saved the day. Wide open guy on the right for first and goal but trubisky stays locked on a guy in triple coverage the whole times then throws into said triple coverage. Wow, what a defensive play huh?

  46. it was enjoyable last night seeing fans from across the nfl come in here and comment on the nfl’s awful choice for these 2 awful teams to open the nfl season. I don’t see how anybody could disagree with them after watching that awful game.

  47. Both teams combined were just 2-25 on 3rd Down
    There were 20 Total accepted penalties
    And the two gained less than 95 rushing yards…COMBINED
    In the lowest scoring season opener in 24 YEARS!

    The ONLY thing last night proved is that both teams needed their 1st team offenses to play more in the preseason!

    Oh and for all the cheeseheads slobbering over last night’s game…didn’t Green Bay beat Chicago in Week One last year?? How did THAT turn out?

  48. Seprix says:
    September 6, 2019 at 8:24 am
    Okay a couple of corrections on my end: This is Trubisky’s third year, not his second. So those clutch plays were when it was his second year. When I said “Favre bombs”, I mean he’s going to throw those 50/50 throws. But really, silly penalties absolutely killed any production Trubisky had in the 4th quarter. And his last drive was absolutely awful.
    I think people put too much stock in that last drive or that’s all they remembered, because Trubisky had some seriously elite level throws in this game, particularly those throws to Allen Robinson. I don’t know if Trubisky is ever going to pan out at QB, but it’s the first game of the season. It’s really hard to say how well a team is playing until like Week 6, due to limited practices. Don’t put too much stock into this one game, give it some more time on Trubisky (probably till the end of this year). He can make the throws and the reads, it’s just decision-making.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I’m with you. I saw quite a bit for Bear fans to be encouraged by.

    -Mack is still Mack, Jackson is still Jackson, etc, BUT… or I should say PLUS… other guys, like Roquan Smith for example, looked like they indeed took that “second year jump” you hope to see out of ascending young players. That can’t be anything but good for the Bears… and not good for the rest of us.

    -Tarik Cohen looked like he picked up right where he left off at the end of last season.

    -I was very skeptical about the decision to move on from Jordan Howard… which is why it’s good for Chicago that they pay Ryan Pace the big bucks and not me. It’s way too early to draw any real conclusions but David Montgomery looked awfully good out there. All the “broken tackles” talk about the guy appears to be for real.

    -Trubisky-to-Robinson look like they could be downright dangerous. All those completions last night weren’t “gimme” balls by any means. The coverage was solid, schematically and physically. It wasn’t just Trubisky or just Robinson, either. Many of those passes, Trubisky doesn’t complete to most receivers and Robinson doesn’t catch from most quarterbacks. The connection between the two is what was so solid. Now we just have to wait and see if they can do it consistently.

  49. Alan Light says:
    September 6, 2019 at 10:10 am
    Neither team that played last night will be in the playoffs…
    __________________________________

    So, you’re picking Detroit as the only team from the North to get to the playoffs?

  50. Ugh! Even our own Cris Carter is calling the Packers’ defense a masterpiece.

    How can we get Packers fans to think that they aren’t? oh…let’s blast that the Bears offense is bad! Yeah, that’ll do it!

  51. The Bears will never win anything meaningful if they continue to have Trubisky at QB. Sure, they’ll win games, but they will not win because of Trubisky. Theyll win games because of their defense.

    Time to cut that cord, admit the mistake, and see if you can trade for somebody. otherwise this season is a total waste. he doesn’t have the talent or mindset to succeed in the NFL.

  52. vikingjack73 says:
    September 6, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Oh and for all the cheeseheads slobbering over last night’s game…didn’t Green Bay beat Chicago in Week One last year?? How did THAT turn out?

    +++++++++

    Exactly the same way if did for the Vikings. Both teams sitting at home watching the playoffs from their respective couches.

  53. lp5710 says:
    September 7, 2019 at 5:07 pm
    Viking fans are in disbelief that the Packers now have a defense possibly better than theirs

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    lol, one game against probably the worst offense in the NFL.

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