Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) and Green Bay Packers
quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talk after an NFL football game
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 55-14.
GREEN BAY — Aaron
Rodgers diagnosed the blown Chicago Bears coverage. Jordy Nelson
caught the pass and slipped away from one defender. Randall Cobb waved
his fellow receiver over in his direction so he could throw a block.
Touchdown Nelson from
73 yards out — the kind of back-breaking play that epitomized a
milestone evening for the Green Bay Packers at the expense of their
reeling division rivals.
It was one of six
touchdown throws by Rodgers in a 55-14 rout Sunday night of the Bears,
tying the franchise game record and matching the NFL mark for a half.
For him to do that, and to do it in the first half, is
remarkable," said Cobb, who caught an 18-yard score near the end
of the second quarter.
Rodgers was 18 of 27
for 315 yards, throwing touchdown passes of 73 and 40 yards to Jordy
Nelson to help the Packers (6-3) open a 42-0 halftime lead.
Just as important for
the Packers is that they kept pace with Detroit to stay a game behind
of the NFC North leaders. Three of Green Bay's next four games are at
home, where the Packers excel in the cold.
Bay Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett (42) celebrates a sack
during the first half of an NFL football game against the
Chicago Bears Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.
Luckily for Chicago
(3-6), the Packers are off the regular-season schedule until next
season. At this point, the Bears don't really have to worry about
meeting them in the playoffs again, either.
An already tough year
took a nightmarish turn at Lambeau Field.
for the play of this football team — and it's not good enough right
now. That's where we are," coach Marc Trestman said.
Some takeaways from a
game that could have long-term repercussions for the Bears, who can
only hope Sunday night represented rock-bottom for this year:
Rodgers tied the team touchdown pass record that he shared with Matt
Flynn and matched the NFL mark for a half set by Oakland's Daryle
Lamonica in 1969.
Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (83) leaps over Green Bay
Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett (42) during the first half
of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.
A night full of
milestones included Rodgers' 16th scoring pass of 70 yards or more to
break the record he shared with Denver's Peyton Manning and Rodgers'
predecessor in Green Bay, Brett Favre. Rodgers looked just fine two
weeks after tweaking his left hamstring in a loss to New Orleans.
The 55 points tied a
Packers record at home.
JOB SECURITY: Chicago
sports radio stations should be buzzing this week about the futures of
Trestman and embattled quarterback Jay Cutler after a night to forget
Both teams were
coming off byes. The down time didn't help the Bears, who have lost
five of six.
Cutler was 22 of 37
for 272 yards, though he had two interceptions and lost a fumble. His
performance surely won't ease the withering criticism back home in
"We're all look
for answers right now," Cutler said. "We really don't have a
lot of them."
Bay Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers (56) trips the
ball as he tackles Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6)
during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 9,
2014, in Green Bay, Wis.
weeks after giving up 38 points in the first half in a 51-23 loss to
New England, the Bears set a dubious franchise record by giving up 42
points in a half.
Chicago had defensive
end Jared Allen, who missed the teams' first meeting in September.
Lance Briggs played after missing three games with a rib injury, while
fellow linebacker Jon Bostic also returned after missing three games
with a back injury.
And yet the Bears
just looked worse.
"We don't need
rah-rah speeches, we don't need none of that stuff. This isn't Pop
Warner," Allen said. "Nothing anybody says is going to
change anybody the way anybody plays. This is your job, take some
pride in it, show up, go to work and let's get better."
Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick (86) celebrates a
touchdown with fans during the first half of an NFL football
game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Green
CLAMPED DOWN: The
Packers' defense rebounded nicely after a second-half letdown in a
44-23 loss to New Orleans before the bye. Clay Matthews had 11 tackles
and one of the team's four sacks. Julius Peppers forced Cutler to
fumble on his sack, a turnover that helped set up one of the four
league-worst run defense held Matt Forte to 54 yards on 17 carries and
harassed Cutler all night.
ON THE LINE: The big
win made it easier for guards Josh Sitton (toe) and T.J. Lang (ankle)
to endure any lingering pain from injuries that forced them to miss
some practice time during the week.
They took it easy
during breaks, walking back to the sideline slowly while teammates
rushed toward the end zone for touchdown celebrations. On the way
back, Rodgers made sure to greet the team's two best linemen.
"We all have
stuff we deal with from time to time, but those big guys don't get
enough credit and they deserve a lot tonight," Rodgers said.