Packers fans saw James Jones come on a strong in an otherwise somewhat lackluster Packers performance that did as much to highlight the Packers’ defensive shortcomings as anything else. The fact of the matter, though, is that the Packers are 1-0 and won their first season opener since the 42-34 win over the Saints in 2011. And while the road doesn’t get any easier, another game and another week of practice with some game film to show the errors will help in correcting especially the defense which was gashed by Matt Forte for 141 yards.
With the Packers’ defeat of the Bears, they push the Bears to 0-1 along with the Detroit Lions who lost in reverse-fashion from last year. Last year the Lions seemed to play back from behind and win every game. Yesterday, they blew a big lead to go down to the Chargers. Matthew Stafford looked pedestrian and though the Lions’ defense came out strong in the first half, they were not the same without Ndamukong Suh.
Tonight’s Monday Night Football double-header includes the late game between the Vikings and the 49’ers. If the Niners can find a way to win that game the Packers will be looking at an even better situation as they put the Bears game in the rear-view mirror and install the corrections in preparation for the Seattle Seahawks.
This Seahawks game now takes on special importance as the ‘Hawks went down in overtime to the St. Louis Rams. That game was against a division opponent and has implications of its own. But the Packers have a chance to send the Seahawks to 0-2 with a division loss if they can get the job done in next Sunday’s night game.
With this backdrop, Lambeau field will be electric with the possibility of the Packers finally dropping the curtain on the Comedy of Errors NFC Championship game of 2015. Marshawn Lynch brings an entirely different running style than Matte Forte and I actually think that the Packers may have more success against Lynch than against Forte, who can do it all. Stacking the box against Lynch may be a more effective tool next week than it was yesterday.
But one of the main factors in the Seahawks’ game may simply be the fact that the Packers get to play the game at Lambeau. Aaron Rodgers is amazing on his home field (even moreso than usual) and the Packers defense may get a boost from the home crowd.
But mostly there are corrections to be made if the Packers want to continue the fast start that they began with the season opener. Eliminate penalties and put a solid game plan in place, get the ball in the hands of the play-makers and give ’em heck. We will be breaking down the Bears game all week and offering insight as to what went right and what went wrong. What adjustments do you think the Packers need to make Packernation? Let us know in the comments below or back on the Facebook Fanpage.