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CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have to lay waste to a defense to enjoy Packers football.He sure had a good time seeing what his guys on the other side of the ball did Thursday night to the archrival Bears.“Yeah Cody Whitehair Jersey , it was fun to watch,” Rodgers said after Green Bay opened the NFL’s 100th season with a 10-3 victory over Chicago. “It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a performance like that. Obviously, a lot of credit to Mike Pettine and his staff, but to those players, just incredible.Article continues below ...“We didn’t do them a whole lot of favors with our performance on offense. I mean every time we needed something a stop, they came up with some really big plays.”It was a defensive battle also marked by sloppy offense and penalties. A lack of action in the preseason clearly damaged both offenses, and Rodgers at times looked uncomfortable in the attack designed by new coach Matt LaFleur. But he is a two-time league MVP, and he hit Jimmy Graham in the second quarter for the only touchdown.That aggressive Green Bay defense would have made Vince Lombardi proud in the latest edition of the NFL’s longest rivalry, which the Packers lead 98-95-6. Green Bay has won 16 of the last 19 regular-season meetings, and Rodgers is 17-5.Chicago’s defense hardly slacked, getting five sacks — tying the most it has had against Rodgers. But it could do little with the ball and the Packers had five sacks of Mitchell Trubisky, who never found his stride, and was sacked on Chicago’s final offensive play. Former Bears safety Adrian Amos picked off an end-zone pass into double coverage with 1:58 remaining, the only turnover of the contest.“It feels real good,” Amos said. “It feels great to come back to win and how we did as a defense.”Mason Crosby made a 39-yard field goal in the final period for Green Bay, while defending NFC North champion Chicago got a 38-yarder from Eddy Pineiro.The NFL opted to go for a history-tinged opener rather than having the Super Bowl champions host the first game. New England will be at home to Pittsburgh on Sunday night, and it’s unlikely that game will be so dominated by D.Or by mistakes.Each team had 10 penalties, there was a total of 467 yards of only offense, and several drops.At one point, Chicago had three straight penalties to put it in a first-and-40. No, the Bears didn’t convert.Still https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Jonathan-Bullard-Jersey , take nothing away from either defense. They both controlled the line of scrimmage almost throughout the night, and Trubisky was particularly bothered by it, going 26 of 45 for 228 yards.“Three points is ridiculous,” coach Matt Nagy said. “Any Chicago Bears fan … should be upset.”Rodgers was 18 for 30 for 203 yards, hardly vintage A-Rod, and certainly unlike his performance in leading the Packers back from a 20-point hole in the second half of the 2018 opener against the Bears.Of course, he had all that support Thursday night from the likes of newcomers Preston Smith (1 1/2 sacks), and Za’Darius Smith (a sack), enough to give Green Bay the boost it needed.The opening series couldn’t have been uglier for Green Bay. A run and a pass netted zero yards, then Rodgers was sacked heavily by Roy Robertson-Harris for a 10-yard loss.Well, maybe it could. Rodgers was sacked again on the next three-and-out and Chicago took over at the Packers 36 after a punt. Chicago had forced 17 yards in losses on those series, and the Packers had minus-12 yards through one period.Rodgers erased such ineffectiveness quickly at the start of the second quarter, launching a 47-yard completion to Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Two more completions got the Pack to the 8, and Graham did what most former basketball players turned tight ends should, winning a jump ball in the end zone.By halftime, Green Bay had outgained Chicago 119 yards to 98.GETTING THEIR KICKSBears fans rejoiced in relief on the first score of the season: Pineiro’s 38-yard first-quarter field goal. The last such kick on Soldier Field was Cody Parkey’s double-doink off the goalpost and crossbar that sent Chicago home from the wild-card round. Pineiro, a second-year player from Florida, was an immediate hero in the Windy City.PASS INTERFERENCE REVIEWLaFleur made an ill-advised challenge, claiming offensive pass interference on a catch by Chicago’s Taylor Gabriel. He lost in the first such challenge in NFL history after interference calls were added to replay reviews this season.THIRD-DOWN FAILURESChicago was a pitiful 3 for 15 on third downs and 0 for 2 on fourth downs. Green Bay was even worse trying to convert, going 2 for 12 on third downs.“I am not in panic mode,” Nagy said.“It’s just we were uncharacteristic tonight of who we are as an offense Akiem Hicks Color Rush Jersey ,” added Trubisky. “We were rolling in practice and it just didn’t translate.”UP NEXT:Packers: Host Minnesota on Sept. 15.Bears: At Denver on Sept. 15.____ LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP)From an offensive-minded head coach to a new set of receivers, the Chicago Bears have spent the offseason adding pieces to help Mitchell Trubisky develop into the franchise quarterback they believe he can become.It’s easy to envision them continuing along that path with the No. 8 pick in the draft on Thursday. Then again, maybe a potential difference-maker on defense is the way they go.”I think the needs of this team are pretty defined,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said.General manager Ryan Pace said the Bears have identified eight players the Bears are comfortable taking with the eighth pick.Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson and Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith would appear to be strong possibilities for the Bears, assuming they are still on the board.The 6-foot-5, 329-pound Nelson would fill a void the Bears created by letting four-time Pro Bowler Josh Sitton go.With his size and strength, Nelson would help protect Trubisky and create space for the running backs. It doesn’t hurt, either, that Bears line coach Harry Hiestand was his position coach in college.Smith would also be an intriguing possibility with his speed and quickness.”If you can get him at 8, great,” Kiper said. ”Nelson’s also one of the best three or four or five players in this draft. But he’s a guard. I value the linebacker over the guard.”Pace clearly values Trubisky.Pace staked his reputation to the quarterback by trading up a spot with San Francisco to draft him No. 2 overall last year and made it clear the No. 1 priority this offseason was to improve his supporting cast.The Bears hired an offensive-minded coach in Matt Nagy to replace the fired John Fox and revamped the receiving group, most notably signing free agent Allen Robinson.Whether they go offense or defense in the first round, the Bears need to hit on the pick. After all, Chicago has made the playoffs just one time since the 2006 team’s Super Bowl run and has four straight seasons with 10 or more losses.Here are some things to know heading into the draft:KEY ACQUISITIONSWhile the Robinson signing is the headline move of the offseason so far, he’s not the only new target for Trubisky.The Bears also signed the speedy Taylor Gabriel, and brought in Bennie Fowler after deciding not to match New Orleans’ offer sheet for Cameron Meredith. They added a versatile tight end, too – Trey Burton. He threw a memorable touchdown pass to quarterback Nick Foles in Philadelphia’s Super Bowl victory over New England.CATCHING ONThe Bears could still use help at wide receiver, something they might try to address on the second or third day. Pace was part of a front office in New Orleans that found some good players in the later rounds and on the undrafted free agent market.The Saints got six 1,000-yard seasons in 10 years out of Marques Colston after drafting the Hofstra product in the seventh round in 2006. Lance Moore, undrafted out of Toledo Bobby Massie Jersey , had 346 receptions for 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns for New Orleans from 2006-13.”There’s a lot of things that you value with the receivers,” Pace said. ”They can be different animals small, big, good route runners, speed guys but I would say the trait that has to be there is good hands, natural hands.”PICK `EMAlong with the No. 8 pick, the Bears have one second-rounder and two in the fourth. They also have one each in the fifth, sixth and seventh. But they don’t have a third-round pick.SPOTTY MARKPace has an uneven record drafting in the first round.Oft-injured receiver Kevin White has been a bust since Pace took him with the No. 7 pick in 2015. Limited to five games, the West Virginia product has 21 catches for 193 yards.Linebacker Leonard Floyd and Trubisky have flashed some promise, but have room to improve.HITS, MISSES AND BARGAINSWhile White is a huge miss, Pace hit in a big way in the second and fifth rounds in 2016.He grabbed Cody Whitehair in the second round, landing a big contributor at both guard and center not to mention an emerging leader. In the fifth round, Pace took running back Jordan Howard out of Indiana. All he has done is run for 2,435 yards, though his struggles catching the ball could be an issue in Nagy’s system.Pace got another bargain running back last season when he drafted Tarik Cohen in the fourth round. He had 370 yards rushing and 353 receiving as a rookie.—

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