Thursday's roundup: Rodgers passes Packers over Bears
Green Bay — Aaron Rodgers set a record. The Chicago Bears lost another quarterback.
After a slow start in the red zone, the Green Bay Packers picked up the pace in the second half to overpower their offensively-challenged NFC North rivals.
Rodgers threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns, Davante Adams and Ty Montgomery emerged as playmakers in the second half and Packers beat the Bears 26-10 on Thursday night.
Rodgers was 39 of 56, setting a franchise mark for completions in a game. It was the Packers’ first contest without injured running back Eddie Lacy .
“A lot of moving parts, a very satisfying victory at home,” coach Mike McCarthy said.
The Packers (4-2) moved effectively on short gains most of the night, but couldn’t break into the end zone until Adams caught the first of his two touchdown receptions with 9:11 left in the third quarter for a 13-10 lead.
Rodgers and Adams combined again for a 4-yard score on the first play of fourth quarter for a 10-point lead.
The Bears (1-6) lost quarterback Brian Hoyer to a broken left arm in the second quarter. With Jay Cutler already out with a right thumb injury, Chicago turned to third-stringer Matt Barkley.
An offense that was already 31st in the league in scoring got worse. Barkley was 6 of 15 for 81 yards and two interceptions.
“Well, when you lose your starting quarterback it can be disruptive,” Bears coach John Fox said. “It’s not an excuse, it’s just a reality,”
He tried to lean on the rush against the NFL’s third-best run defense. It didn’t work either.
Kadeem Carey had 48 yards on 10 carries, including a 24-yarder. Receiver Alshon Jeffery was held to three catches for 33 yards against a Packers secondary without its top three cornerbacks because of injuries.
It got so bad for the Bears that Rodgers had more completions (37) than the Bears had offensive plays (36) by 5:31 of the fourth quarter.
That 37th completion for Rodgers was a 2-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb for a 16-point lead.
Adams, Montgomery and Cobb each finished with at least 10 receptions.
Hoyer left early in the second quarter after getting hit by Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews on an incompletion on third-and-6 from midfield. The right-handed Hoyer looked as if he landed on his left arm . He was attended to by trainers on the field for a couple minutes before going to the locker room. Hoyer was 4 of 11 for 49 yards.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn has heard back from the NFL's head official Dean Blandino about the controversial non-call at the end of the Seattle game.
"I had a good conversation with Dean Blandino," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Wednesday. "I'll keep that conversation private between he and I. But we did talk this week."
Game officials did not penalize Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman for grabbing wide receiver Julio Jones' right arm with the ball in the air on what turned out to be the Falcons' final play. A pass-interference penalty would have given the Falcons the ball near Seattle's 35-yard line with 1:30 to go and one timeout. The Seahawks took over on downs and ran out the clock on their 26-24 victory.
Quinn reacted angrily to the play on the sideline, national commentators said Sherman should have been penalized and Saints coach Sean Payton said pass interference should be subject to replay reviews.
Lacy on IR
The Packers have put top running back Eddie Lacy on injured reserve, another blow to Green Bay’s scuffling offense.
The Packers announced the move Thursday, hours before hosting the Chicago Bears. Lacy has been bothered by a left ankle injury and backup James Starks isn’t playing this week because of a knee injury.
The Packers traded a conditional draft pick to Kansas City this week for Knile Davis. They also signed Don Jackson to the active roster from the practice squad.
Davis was buried on the depth chart with the Chiefs and Jackson is a rookie from Nevada. Both could be taking handoffs from quarterback Aaron Rodgers soon as Green Bay (3-2) tries to catch up in the NFC North race against divisional foe Chicago (1-5).