The Chicago Bears started quarterback Brian Hoyer on Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers and then Matt Barkley had to play after Hoyer left with an injury.
Hoyer's broken left arm was painful to watch with Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews pouncing on him, but let's face it, we know what Hoyer is, an average, middle of the road quarterback. He was attended to by trainers on the field for a couple minutes before going to the locker room. Randall Cobb had 11 receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown, while Ty Montgomery had 10 receptions for 66 yards. Two months after the team's last weeknight game - when opening day starter Jay Cutler left the Week 2 Monday night contest versus Philadelphia with an injured thumb - the team was forced to make another change under center.
The Bears took the lead, 10-6, on the third play of the third quarter when outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, the rookie first-round draft choice, recovered Rodgers' fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. "To that accord, I'm proud of the offensive line".
The 56 attempts were the second-most of Rodgers' career, the 39 completions were a career-high and franchise record, and the 326 passing yards marked his first 300-yard passing game since throwing for 333 yards in a November 15, 2015 loss to Detroit.
Mike McCarthy said he wanted to get Ty Montgomery more involved in the offense.
Floyd wasn't spectacular, but he made two big plays with great effort even though they were both very much the product of being in the right place at the right time, first sacking Aaron Rodgers at his own 39 after being left unblocked but reading the misdirection play with 1:22 left in the first half. You do what you have to do, you play how you have to play. Wide receiver Davante Adams tied the immortal Don Hutson's club record for receptions in a game (13).
Compensating for the loss of Lacy, possibly for the season with an ankle injury, and James Starks, his heavy-duty cohort, for at least several more weeks following knee surgery, the Packers dinked and dunked their way past the hapless Chicago Bears, 26-10, in the 193rd renewal of the NFL's oldest rivalry.
"Davante and [Montgomery] were given a lot of opportunities", said McCarthy, per the team's Twitter account. He threw for 326 yards on 39 completions, a Green Bay Packers record for completions in games.
"Mentally, I felt like I was good from the jump", Adams said.
"Well, when you lose your starting quarterback it can be disruptive". Lang to a hip injury to start the second half, but Lang was able to return later.
Wasn't as bad as it could've been, but the Bears still fell to the Packers tonight and are now 1-6 on the season.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Chicago Bears' anemic offense took another hit on Thursday night.
With Chicago's defence impressing, their offence was dealt another blow when Hoyer was caught under a host of bodies and left the field holding his arm.
Barkley is just learning the offense after getting called up from the practice squad after Cutler got hurt.
"Mentally I was good from the jump", Adams said. Right now for Chicago, it's about seeing who fits in on the team moving into 2017. They gave up 371 yards to Phillip Rivers today and were only ranked 26th against the pass entering the week.