Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/18/12

Chicago Bears – 10, Green Bay Packers – 23

This game didn’t really go as planned for anyone here, including Aaron Rodgers (213 total yards, 1 TD, 1 INT).  Rodgers ended up with barely over 200 total yards and one touchdown against one interception, for a very pedestrian total.  That makes two weeks where Rodgers numbers have been very low considering where he was taken in fantasy drafts, which undoubtedly is costing several teams.

As bad as Rodgers’ owners must have felt, it’s nothing compared to anyone who decided to play Jay Cutler (138 total yards, 1 TD, 4 INTs) thinking this would be a marquee matchup.  Cutler imploded, throwing four INTs and looking rather lost and rattled from all the hits Clay Matthews laid on him during the game.  This is why it’s always dangerous to rely on Cutler, as he does have to propensity to lay a stinker every now and then.

With no Greg Jennings who was out due to injury, Jordy Nelson (6-84) had to do most of the heavy lifting for the Packers receivers. He ended up being the only one worthwhile, as both Randall Cobb (1-20, 28 yards rushing) and Jermichael Finley (4-26) failed to live up to the promise they showed in Week 1.  James Jones (2- -1) actually got the start, and did almost nothing with it.

Of course, if Jay Cutler struggles epically, Brandon Marshall (2-24) will likewise suffer.  Cutler did throw a TD late to Kellen Davis (1-21, 1 TD), but that was his only catch and it came late in the 4th quarter.  Overall, very forgettable day for the Bears receivers.

Cedric Benson (20 car., 81 yards; 4 rec., 35 yards) was the focal point of what the Packers wanted to do once they had the lead, and it worked very well.  In this offense with the threat of the passing game, Benson should have more useful fantasy afternoons like this one.

Matt Forte (7 car., 31 yards; 4 rec., 49 yards) got hurt with what is apparently a non-high ankle sprain, contrary to the early reports.  No word on how long he’s out, but if it’s for any extended period of time, Michael Bush (14 car., 54 yards) becomes very valuable.



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