The Chicago Bears had a lot of good attention coming into this season, and it all culminated in a Week 1 matchup against the Green Bay Packers. This could not have been a more exciting first game to have on the calendar, with so many questions for both teams. Unfortunately, the Bears were embarrassed at home by their rivals, and the sour taste in the mouths of Bears fans from last year seems to still be lingering around after today.
There is a lot of blame to go around after the loss to Green Bay. With so many poor performances, both players and coaches, are there even any "winners" from this game? Some things could be said about both Roschon Johnson who continued to show his tough nose style of running as well as Yannick Ngakoue who was the lone bright spot on defense, if you can call it that.
Johnson finished his first career NFL game with five carries for 20 yards and a late touchdown, as well as six catches for 35 yards. While a lot of his action came late in the game in basically garbage time, he still showed his talent and could be in line for more touches in the coming weeks. Ngakoue had four total tackles and the only sack for the Chicago Bears, and he was clearly the best player on the defensive line. While he did not get consistent pressure, but he did make some key plays early in the game.
That is pretty much it for the winners. A couple of other players had nice moments like Darnell Mooney and Tyrique Stevenson, but they were not necessarily winners. In terms of the losers from today, first and foremost, it has to be the offensive playcalling.