Rodgers Returns From Injury, Packers Beat Bears 24-23


On Sunday night, the Packers proved that point in painful fashion.

Kirk Cousins won his first start as Vikings quarterback as they hope to go one better than last season and make the Super Bowl, but defence will be their main asset and they forced four turnovers, showing why they were the top defensive unit in the National Football League last season.

The more you see it the better it gets and, despite it not being enough to salvage something from the game, it could be a star partnership in the making in San Francisco. "Something we can definitely learn from".

The Bears acquired Mack on September 1 in a huge trade with the Oakland Raiders. They were costly, with the first taking away at least three points and the second (a awful interception) handing the Bears seven easy points. At Lambeau Field and playing before a national audience, Mack recorded a strip-sack of backup quarterback DeShone Kizer and recovered the ball himself to halt a promising Packers drive in the second quarter.

"He was doing well", coach Matt Nagy said.

"It" was Aaron Rodgers coming back after a first-half knee injury to gouge a previously-dominant Bears defense for 273 yards on 17 of 22 passing with three touchdowns over the final two quarters. He was limited to seven games in 2017 because of a collarbone injury. They spent the week determining his conditioning level and formulating a plan from there.

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Rodgers said in his postgame interview Sunday night on NBC that he would play vs. the Vikings, against whom he broke his collarbone past year. He was held later in the drive on a play that forced the Packers to punt.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted after McCarthy's availability that part of the process for medical staff is seeing if Rodgers' knee swelling goes down and "how it responds".

It was Rodgers' first regular-season home game since September 28 against the Bears.

The Bears then surrounded him and pretended to make it rain dollar bills in a salute to their new big-money man. He has thrown an interception returned for a 27-yard touchdown by Bears linebacker Khalil Mack. The debut of Mack was spoiled with a crushing loss.

Packers' coach Mike McCarthy, right, said the team is "gathering information" on Aaron Rodgers' left knee. So, while so many were going to point to the lack of preseason reps as a reason to why the offense got off to a slow start, I am going to make it a point to note that the fast start was likely due to the lack of preseason reps. He had two opportunities to win the game in the final minutes after outside linebacker Clay Matthews' bad roughing-the-passer penalty.