For the next few days, the Green Bay Packers will have the best record in football.
The Packers (1-0) kicked off the 2019 NFL season Thursday night with a 10-3 road win over the rival Chicago Bears (0-1). A year after overcoming a 20-0 deficit to beat Chicago in Week 1, Aaron Rodgers came through again with 203 passing yards and a touchdown.
Green Bay also stepped up defensively to hold the Bears without a score for the final three quarters.
Mitchell Trubisky was held to 228 passing yards and an interception on 26-of-45 passing in a rough outing as Chicago fell to 0-1 for the sixth straight season.
Everyone went into the game ready to discuss the Bears defense, but it was the Packers defense that turned heads in Week 1. The unit ranked just 22nd in points allowed last year but made several key changes, including adding former Bears safety Adrian Amos as well as pass-rushers Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith.
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Green Bay finished with five sacks and 11 quarterback hits while forcing Trubisky to move around the pocket and out of his comfort zone. Amos then made the clutch interception in the end zone to seal the game for Green Bay.
Additionally, first-round pick Darnell Savage made his presence felt with some excellent closeouts down the field
Though you don’t want to overreact to one game, the talent is there for the Packers to have a top-10 defense in 2019. The last time they ranked inside the top 10 in either points or yards allowed, they won the Super Bowl to conclude the 2010 season.
Green Bay’s defense has been a problem as of late, ranking outside the top 20 in points in each of the last three years. This has put a lot of pressure on Rodgers to carry the team with his offense, something no one can do every game.
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