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Week 1 Game Recap: Green Bay Packers 10, Chicago Bears 3


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Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers opened the 2019 season with a 10-3 win over the Chicago Bears. Aaron Rodgers had an efficient day, completing 18 of 30 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing three times for eight yards.

Chicago Bears

Mitchell Trubisky struggled mightily to move the offense against the Green Bay defense in week one but managed to perform just well enough to provide a 100-yard game for Allen Robinson. The running back position was a true committee with Mike Davis working ahead of David Montgomery, while Tarik Cohen played a slot centric receiving role. The offense outside of Robinson struggled, with Anthony Miller receiving no targets and only one reception for Adam Shaheen.

Green Bay Packers

QB Aaron Rodgers, 64 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 30 - 203 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 8 - 0
Aaron Rodgers completed 18 of 30 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown in the Packers 10-3 win over the Chicago Bears in week one. The Packers managed to beat the Bears with their defense, a surprising outcome given their defensive struggles over the last several seasons. While Rodgers statistics do not look dominant in any way, he did a great job of taking what the Bears defense was giving him which allowed the Packers to consistently win the battle of field position. With the Packers trailing 3-0 to start the 2nd quarter, Rodgers took a shot down the field to emerging second year wide receiver, Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Rodgers took the snap under center, faked the handoff to Aaron Jones and then faked a reverse to Davante Adams before throwing deep to Valdes-Scantling who had a step on his man in the center of the field. The 47 yard completion was the longest play of the day, accounting for nearly 25% of Rodgers total passing yards, while also setting up the Packers for their only touchdown of the game. With the Packers facing a first and eight from the Bears eight yard line, Rodgers took the snap under center with Jimmy Graham and Davante Adams bunched up in the slot on the right side of the formation. Rodgers quickly looked left, then right and then back left again before settling with his weight on his back foot looking as though he was ready to throw the ball away. Instead, Rodgers saw Graham in one on one coverage and gave his tight end a chance to make a play on jump ball. It was an aggressive throw given the Packers relative struggles putting up points, not to mention there were several Bears defenders either even with Graham or behind him in coverage. Luckily the ball was thrown in the right spot and Graham was able to go up and convert the catch for a touchdown, which ended up being the only score the Packers needed to win this game.

RB Aaron Jones, 38 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 39 - 0, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (1 targets)
Aaron Jones rushed 13 times for 39 yards in the Packers 10-3 win over the Chicago Bears on the opening night of the 2019 NFL season. Jones also caught his only target in the passing game, although the catch was credited as having not gained any yardage. Much like the rest of the Packers offense, Jones was unable to find a groove against a stout Bears defensive front. Five of Jones 13 carries went for no gain, while another three went for gains of two yards or less. The only upside for Jones in this game was the fact that he out-touched Jamaal Williams 14 to seven. Williams gained a total of zero yards on five carries, so it looks as though Jones will continue to see the lions share of the touches in the Packers backfield.

WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, 42 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0, Rec: 4 - 52 - 0 (6 targets)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught four passes for 52 yards on six targets, while also rushing one time for zero yards. Valdes-Scantling led the Packers in both receptions and yards and if you had to award an offensive MVP in this game, he would most certainly be it. His total statistics were not anything to write home about, but Valdes-Scantling made what would go down as the play of the night, a 47 yard reception that set up the Packers only touchdown of the game, and coincidently the only score they would need to beat the Bears. With the Packers trailing 3-0 to start the 2nd quarter and facing a first and 10 from their own 26 yard line, Rodgers took the snap under center and faked the handoff to Aaron Jones before also faking a reverse to Davante Adams. Rodgers then set his feet and unleashed a frozen rope down the center of the field to Valdes-Scantling who had two steps on his man. The throw was just slightly behind Valdes-Scantling, but he made a very nice adjustment and came back to the ball, securing the 47 yard catch, which was the longest play of the day by a mile for a both teams. It was this type of catch that has set up Valdes-Scantling to be a major contributor for the Packers this year, as well as Rodgers preferred deep threat.

WR Davante Adams, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 36 - 0 (8 targets)
Davante Adams caught four passes for 36 yards on eight targets in the Packers win over the Bears on Thursday night. Dating back to last year, Adams has been immune to the Packers offensive struggles, consistently putting up big numbers regardless of whether Green Bay is able to move the ball on their opponent. This was not the case against the Bears though, as Adams finished with his lowest yardage total in his past 20 regular season games. Rodgers targeted Adams a team high eight times, but even the passes that fell incomplete were contained to within 12 yards of the line of scrimmage. There were some growing pains to be expected with the Packers installing a new offense under first year head coach Matt LaFleur, so Adams inability to match the output many were expecting of him this year should be taken with a grain of salt, especially against an elite defense and division rival in the Bears.

TE Jimmy Graham, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 30 - 1 (6 targets)
Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 30 yards and a touchdown on six targets in the Packers week one win against the Chicago Bears. Graham was tied with Valdes-Scantling for the second most targets for the Packers, and although is better days are behind him, Grahamís understanding of how to shield off his defenders in the red zone paid big dividends for the Packers in this game. With the Packers facing a first and goal from the Bears eight yard line, Rodgers took the snap under center with Graham and Adams bunched up tight in the right slot. Rodgers quickly looked left, and then right before fading onto his heels, waiting to see if he could find anyone open in the end zone before he would have to throw the ball away. Rodgers saw Graham in one on one coverage and gave his tight end a chance to make a play on jump ball, which is exactly what Graham did by boxing out his defender and high pointing the ball for the gameís only touchdown. Graham may not be an elite tight end at this stage of his career, but he still has the ability to be an elite red zone threat if given enough volume.


Chicago Bears

QB Mitchell Trubisky, 73 offensive snaps, Pass: 26 - 45 - 228 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 11 - 0
Mitchell Trubisky struggled against the revamped Green Bay Packers defense in the opening game of the NFL season. He struggled throughout, with nine out of the first ten drives finishing in punts while the other was a field goal. His best success was throwing to Allen Robinson on the perimeter for two tight catches, but otherwise, he was ineffective. Trubisky threw a bad interception intended for Robinson in the end zone that he both stared down and threw off his back foot, allowing the safety to make an easy interception. He also threw multiple passes inaccurately along the sideline, forcing receivers out of bounds on catches. He was not helped, by drops from Robinson and Tarik Cohen, but Trubiskyís struggles in his progressions in the pocket and his inaccuracy are his own. Things do not get easier for Trubisky in week two against a good Denver defense, but he will, fortunately, have 10 days to regroup.

RB Mike Davis, 41 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 19 - 0, Rec: 6 - 17 - 0 (7 targets)
Mike Davis was the leading rusher in the Chicago backfield but struggled to get running room against an improved Green Bay defense in a home loss in week one. Davis the first series and finished with 41 snaps compared to 28 from rookie David Montgomery and notably played ahead of Montgomery in the two-minute drill offense. Both Davis and Montgomery played less than Cohen, but Cohen had more slot receiver usage than traditional running back positional alignment. The backfield looks like a committee between Davis and Montgomery with Cohenís snaps more focused as a receiver and faces a tough test at Denver in week two.

RB Tarik Cohen, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 49 - 0 (10 targets)
Tarik Cohen played a strong receiving role in the week one loss to the Green Bay Packers. Cohen had two carries that did not show up on his stat line but were called back by penalty so he left the game without an official carry, which was a good description of his role. Cohen was nearly exclusively a target in the slot, while Mike Davis and David Montgomery worked the traditional running back position. Cohen was used primarily in the short area passing game, including on the receiving end of RPOs. He was the leader in snaps for the Chicago backfield, but his snap count projects to be independent of Davis and Montgomery if the current deployment of the offense holds. Cohen will face Denver next week.

RB David Montgomery, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 18 - 0, Rec: 1 - 27 - 0 (1 targets)
David Montgomery struggled against the Green Bay Packer defense in a week one loss. Montgomery played the second series of the game, behind Mike Davis who started. Montgomery struggled, with all his attempts coming to the left of the formation. His best play was a catch down the seam that he made a good adjustment to catch. Montgomery played 28 snaps compared to 41 for Davis, as the two worked in the traditional running back role, while Cohen played significantly in the slot. Montgomery and Davis are in a committee for the traditional running back role and face a tough test in week two at Denver.

WR Allen Robinson, 70 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 102 - 0 (13 targets)
Allen Robinson was the best offensive player for the Chicago Bears in a disappointing offensive performance against the Green Bay Packers in week one. Robinson made two strong catches along the sideline in tight coverage and could have had another but was pulled out of bounds on an errant Mitchell Trubisky throw. Robinson was also targeted in the end zone but given no chance by Trubisky who stared Robinson down the entire route and lobbed an easy interception on what could have been a touchdown throw. Robinson will face a strong Denver defense in week two.

WR Taylor Gabriel, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 24 - 0 (5 targets)
Taylor Gabriel was the only receiver other than Allen Robinson to catch a pass against the Green Bay Packers, in a woeful offensive performance by the Bears. Gabriel could have had a respectable day but was led out of bounds on a perimeter target and called for pass interference on a long reception. Gabriel will look to improve on his ancillary role in the offense next week against Denver but needs Mitchell Trubisky to improve to be fantasy viable.

TE Adam Shaheen, 34 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (2 targets)
Adam Shaheen started in place of an injured Trey Burton against the Green Bay Packers but managed only one reception. Shaheen played less than half the offensive snaps and is likely off the fantasy radar against Denver.