Which Chicago Bears players were winners from Week 2 vs. Packers
While things did not end well for the Chicago Bears, there were some standout performances during the loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football at the not-so-friendly confines of Lambeau Field. The game ended in a 27-10 score with the Packers on top, but the game was a lot closer than the score suggests. The Bears had their opportunities, but poor execution by the players, questionable play-calling, and little help from the officials contributed to the team’s demise.
Chicago Bears winner: David Montgomery
Many fans questioned how successful the running game would be this year after the way things looked in Week 1, but that game is basically a wash considering the conditions. If Sunday night showed anything, it’s that this offense is built around the run game. This was one of David Montgomery’s best career games, and he was torching the Packers’ defense all night long.
It is a shame that he did not get in the endzone to score instead of the QB power call by Luke Getsy. He had feasted on that drive and deserved an HB Dive for a touchdown. A lot of credit goes to the offensive line again for their ability to get after it in run blocking. Let’s just hope that they start to pull it together in pass protection as well.
Montgomery has always been able to break tackles with his powerful yet elusive style of running. Yesterday we saw a different type of burst though. On some runs where he got to the second and third levels, he was able to pull away from some defensive backs, which was surprising because he is not the fastest player on the field. In his past, we would see him get tackled from behind there, and we still saw that on Sunday night, but he showed a new quickness with his feet and his decision-making as a runner.
Montgomery finished the day with 122 yards rushing on 15 carries to go along with 14 yards receiving on two catches. He averaged a whopping 8.1 yards per carry and his longest run of the night went for 28 yards. If he can do things like this to one of the best defenses in the league, good things are to come for this Bears offense.
Hopefully, the Chicago Bears can start to play complimentary football like we saw the Packers do. That starts with implementing a successful ground game, which the Bears did in this game. Unfortunately, they were not able to throw the ball successfully and it stalled the offense when it mattered.