Unbeaten Packers see potential for more
CHICAGO - Aaron Rodgers wasn’t sure how to rate this one.
Never mind that the Green Bay Packers took control from the start and won again at Soldier Field to remain unbeaten.
“We just won a big division game against a rival on the road, and I think there’s a feeling that we could have played a little better,’’ he said.
Rodgers threw for 297 yards, including three touchdown passes to Jermichael Finley, and the Packers shut down Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears on the way to a 27-17 victory yesterday.
The stakes weren’t as high as the previous meeting, when the Packers left Chicago’s home field celebrating the NFC title on the way to the championship. Even so, they gave the Bears (1-2) more headaches in the NFL’s longest-running series.
Rodgers led the charge, completing 28 of 38 passes. He threw his first interception of the season, when Brian Urlacher picked him off with the Packers leading, 27-17, in the fourth quarter.
The Bears took over at their 45, but two penalties - holding by Chris Spencer and unnecessary roughness on Devin Hester for a confrontation with Sam Shields - ended any shot at a comeback.
Rodgers hit Finley with a 6-yard TD on the game’s opening drive, a 7-yarder early in the second quarter that made it 14-0, and a 10-yarder that gave the Packers (3-0) a commanding 27-10 lead early in the fourth.
Greg Jennings caught nine passes for 119 yards and Finley finished with seven receptions and 85 yards. Ryan Grant ran for 92, and Morgan Burnett intercepted Cutler twice on passes intended for Roy Williams to help the Packers remain unbeaten.
Even so, Rodgers said they’re still not quite “clicking.’’ He sees more balance between the run and pass, but he still sees room to improve on offense, defense, and special teams.
“I think we have the potential to get better, and I don’t know how many wins that means or the playoffs or whatever, but I just think we can play better football,’’ he said.
The Bears’ running game was nonexistent again as Chicago dropped its second straight after an impressive win over Atlanta. Chicago managed just 13 yards rushing. And with 12 attempts, they matched their second fewest for the second straight game.
Matt Forte had just 2 yards on nine runs - or less than a quarter of a yard per attempt.