Not the Best Way to Start the NFL Season
The title pretty much sums up last nights game. What a terrible game to watch. The defenses looked pretty good, but neither team could string together an offensive play set worth noting. On top of the teams, the refs did not help the game at all. In the beginning they were calling every little thing, and by the end they had loosened up a bit, making it a bit more enjoyable. On the bright side, none of the remaining games this week should be this boring (I hope). On the bright side, at least the Lions won’t be the only team with a loss in the division after week one.
Positives of the Game:
- My Fantasy Team
Negatives of the Game:
- Challenging Pass Interference
- Pretty Much Eveything Else
Green Bay came out as a much better team than I was expecting. I was expecting that they would have trouble with their offense. The Bears have one of, if not the best defenses in the league. What surprised me was how well the Packers defense looked. They put the pressure on Trubisky. Not like he needed it, he struggled big time last night. Jimmy Graham is already one touchdown away from matching his 2018 season. Rodgers did not have the greatest game, but I would say he did alright for how much pressure was on him. The line was collapsing left and right, resulting in 5 sacks. He still managed to get some balls downfield, resulting in one touchdown to Jimmy Graham. If the Packers can keep up with solid defensive performances, they may do well this year. Not every defense they face will be as good as the Bears, so I expect to see better performances on the offensive end.
Overall, this was a pretty solid performance out of the Packers and their new head coach Matt LaFleur. They were the underdogs in a game that they controlled pretty well. Starting the season 1-0 with a division win could come back huge for them later in the season.
As expected, the Bears defense came out strong. The offense on the other hand was terrible. I think much of this came from bad play calling. The rookie, David Montgomery was doing quite well the first half with running the ball. They didn’t utilize him much in the second half though, instead choosing to put the ball in the air. This did not pan out well for them, but Cohen did have a pretty good game, catching 8 of 10 for 49 yards. Although I think they should have used Montgomery more, I am glad they didn’t because I am playing against him in fantasy and I have Cohen. The defense did a great job at locking down Davante Adams, one of the best receivers in the league. Often he was in triple coverage, knowing their strong line could contain a run play. This also worked in my favor as I am playing against Adams this week as well.
Trubisky needs to slow down and focus. His stat line wasn’t terrible, but there should have been at least 2 interceptions. He got lucky when he tried a cross-body, Patrick Mahomes style pass. He threw it directly to the defense. Luckily Cordarrelle Patterson had great awareness and was able to knock it out of the defenders hands.
Punting was the Highlight
The highlight of both teams to me was the punters. With the constant defensive pressure from both teams, there were plenty of punts. The Bears’ punter was putting them down field with good position. The Packers’ punter was cranking them at an impressive distance. His average doesn’t do him justice with the field position on some of his punts, but he was launching some of them 60+ yards. 6 of his 9 punts put Chicago within their own 15 yard line. It is pretty sad that the game was so boring that punting was the highlight. Maybe that is just my opinion, but I know many were disappointed in the game overall.
I know that the missed past interference call last year was huge. Nickell Robey-Coleman lit up TommyLee Lewis way before the ball was even close to him. Should have been pass interference. The challenge that LaFleur made on a “missed offensive pass interference” was the most pathetic reach for a penalty I have seen. Some one tried reasoning that it was an effort to slow down the offense. So instead of calling a time-out, you make an absolute terrible challlenge, lose your challenge, and lose a time out? Doesn’t make sense to me, but I am also not an NFL coach. Testing the boundaries of the new review system, that might make more sense. At least do it on a closer call though, don’t get all red-flag happy in the first quarter.
I think this new rule is absurd. It is only going to slow the game further and waste time. For the most part, the refs don’t miss that many blatent calls. It just happened in a huge game last year so it is a big deal. It is part of the game, players are constantly trying to get away with penalties. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Next thing we know we are going to be replaying every single play looking for any unneccesary contact. Might as well turn it into flag football if this is the direction we are heading.
Some of the rule changes for player safety I get, the guys get the crap beat out of them constantly. They need some level of protection to avoid career ending injuries, especially with all the research going into player injuries and CTE right now. But creating a rule to make up for human error? I don’t get it. Fire the ref who watched the early hit last year and didn’t call it, then move on. Rant over.