Packers handle Bears, move to 3-0: Studs and duds
The Green Bay Packers picked up their second road win of the season in a 27-17 win over the Chicago Bears. The win moved Mike McCarthy’s squad to a perfect 3-0, tied atop the NFC North with the Detroit Lions. It was the first time this season the Packers have looked dominant on both sides of the ball, putting together a complete game on both sides of the ball and taking down a division opponent and hated rival in the process. Here’s a breakdown of the studs and duds from Week 3 in Chicago:
Right tackle Marshall Newhouse: When starter Bryan Bulaga suffered a knee bruise in the first half, Newhouse was inserted into the starting lineup and played well. He lined up over Israel Idonije most of the afternoon but also saw action against Julius Peppers, holding his ground and not allowing much pressure, if any. If Bulaga misses an extended period of time, Newhouse, who was great in training camp, will do just fine in his place.
Tight end Jermichael Finley: After two weeks of coming so close to big afternoons, Finley had the biggest of his career yesterday. He caught seven passes for 85 yards and found the end zone three times, taking advantage of Chicago’s injury-depleted secondary. It’s apparent Finley is fully healthy and will continue to be Aaron Rodger’s favorite target in the red zone.
Running back Ryan Grant: Well hello there, Ryan. After two silent weeks, Grant was a workhorse in the backfield Sunday, rushing for 92 yards on 17 carries (5.4 ypc). James Starks threw up a clunker, rushing 11 times for 5 yards and a fumble as the Packers were preparing to put the game away up 27-17. It was a reminder that A) Grant still has something left in the tank and B) the Packers are going to use the hot hand each week.
Safety Morgan Burnett:
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