3-and-Out: Bears vs. Packers
November 4, 2013 10:59PM
Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown throws past Green Bay Packers' Datone Jones during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Updated: November 5, 2013 7:41AM
1. Nothing special
The Bears’ struggles on special teams showed up in painful ways. The Packers blocked one punt and nearly blocked a second and a recovered an onside kick Monday. To be fair, injuries have altered the Bears’ units, which already were filled out by rookies. But it was a phase the Bears were expected to have the edge in against the Packers.
2. Ground gains
Backup quarterback Josh McCown deserves plenty of credit for his play, but establishing running back Matt Forte on the ground against a defense playing well against the run was just as crucial to the Bears’ offensive flow. It kept the blitz-heavy Packers honest.
3. Secondary options
Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery showed why they are one of the top receiving tandems in the league. The Packers couldn’t focus on Marshall, especially with Jeffery making catches such as his six-yard touchdown grab over cornerback Davon House in single coverage in the third quarter.
— Adam L. Jahns