By Dan Durkin-
(CBS) In the wake of the Packers’ sluggish 1-2 start in which the offense sputtered their way to a 28th overall ranking, quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a one-word message to Packers fans.
“Five letters here just for everybody out there in Packer-land: R-E-L-A-X,” Rodgers said Tuesday on his radio show. “Relax. We’re going to be OK.”
Prescient advice from Rodgers, who sliced and diced the Bears defense Sunday, finishing 22-for-28 for 302 yards, four touchdowns and a near-perfect passer rating of 151.2 in a 38-17 win at Soldier Field. The Packers never punted, scoring on six of their seven offensive drives, with their only blemish coming on a blocked field goal late in the fourth quarter.
Entering Sunday, the Packers’ offensive line had surrendered nine sacks in three games. Yet, the Bears’ lack of a pass rush made for a leisurely day at the office for Rodgers. Chicago was credited with a sack when Ego Ferguson ran Rodgers out of bounds on a scramble, but in the end, the Bears weren’t credited with a single quarterback hit. Not one.
Considering the amount of money and resources the Bears invested in their defensive line this offseason, this lack of productivity is alarming.
Asking any secondary to cover wide receivers for three, four and five seconds with a quarterback as efficient as Rodgers throwing the ball is a losing proposition, as Sunday’s game proved. Rodgers sat comfortably in the pocket and surveyed the mixture of zone and man coverages the Bears played, and he picked apart the secondary.