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September 5, 2019
As he did in last season’s opener against the Packers, Bears coach Matt Nagy had his offense line up in the franchise’s famous T-formation to start Thursday night’s game. Then they shifted.
Then quarterback Mitch Trubisky handed the ball off to Tarik Cohen, who, running left, fumbled. It didn’t count — the Packers were flagged for defensive holding, so the play didn’t count — but it looked to be an omen.
By the end of the Bears’ 10-3 loss to the Packers in front of 58,563 fans at Soldier Field, this much was clear: the days of the kicker being the Bears’ biggest problem now seems quaint. (READ MORE) by
Eight months of hype for the 2019 Bears season fizzled into boos Thursday night at Soldier Field.
The opener for the NFL’s 100th season was supposed to also be a kickoff for the Bears’ Super Bowl hopes in their 100th year. Instead, the offense’s sloppy play and coach Matt Nagy’s questionable decisions will be remembered in a 10-3 loss to the Packers.
Despite being sacked five times, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers improved to 17-5 in the regular season against the Bears. He led a 74-yard touchdown drive in the first half to put the Packers up for good. (READ MORE) by Colleen Kane
For the NFL, Thursday night in Chicago celebrated history: a century in existence, most recently as America’s dominant game. For the Packers, Week 1 heralded the arrival of the future. Matt LaFleur’s takeover in Green Bay serves as an erasure of history, or at least, an attempt to reverse it. Mike McCarthy’s late failures as head coach encompass part of that 100-year history, of the NFL and for the Packers. A matchup with their oldest rivals presented a fitting start for LaFleur in his quest to write some history of his own, and firmly entrench himself as part of the Packers’ future for years to come. (READ MORE) by
Whatever growth the Chicago Bears expected from quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in Year 2 under coach Matt Nagy never materialized in Thursday night’s season opener against the Green Bay Packers.
Chicago’s offense, captained by Trubisky, ruined a stellar effort by the defense, losing 10-3 to Green Bay in front of a capacity Soldier Field crowd that just before kickoff believed the home team had legitimate Super Bowl aspirations. Now, not so much. It’s early, but the offense — lowlighted by Trubisky — looked worse than last year when Nagy first took over. It’s not a good sign, either, that, according to ESPN Stats & Information, no team has reached the Super Bowl after failing to score a touchdown in its season opener. (READ MORE) by Jeff Dickerson
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