Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns, Davante Adams and Ty Montgomery emerged as playmakers and the Packers beat the offensively challenged Bears
Davante Adams woke up Thursday not knowing if he would be cleared to play after spending a few days in the NFLs concussion protocol.
The doctors gave him the go-ahead in the early afternoon. By the time the night was over, the third-year receiver had the best game of his young career.
Adams had 13 catches for a career-high 132 yards and two scores, Aaron Rodgers threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns and the Green Bay Packers overpowered the Chicago Bears in the second half for a 26-10 victory.
In a sense, a statement game. Im ready to play. I felt good, Adams said about the significance of his milestone day.
Rodgers reached a milestone, too. He was 39 of 56, setting a franchise mark for completions in a game.
The Bears (1-6) are down to their third-string quarterback after Brian Hoyer, who was starting for the already injured Jay Cutler, left in the second quarter with a broken left arm. Matt Barkley was 6 of 15 for 81 yards and two interceptions in place of Hoyer. I dont think anybodys proud of what weve done so far, Chicago tight end Zach Miller said. You can describe it in many ways. Its no fun.
The injury to Hoyer had the Bears trying to lean on their running game. It didnt work, either. The Packers (4-2) needed to lean on Rodgers with injuries depleting the running back position. Playmakers emerged in the receiving corps.
Ty Montgomery, a second-year wideout who also lines up in the backfield, took the majority of snaps at running back. He ran for nine carries on 60 yards and caught 10 passes for 66 yards.
Adams took advantage of overmatched cornerback DeVaunte Bausby with the Bears top cornerback, Tracy Porter, defending Jordy Nelson much of the night.
Veteran Randall Cobb had 11 catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. Its fun to get those guys involved. When youre looking at matchups, a lot of times that dictates where the football goes, Rodgers said.
The Bears were not having fun, especially in the second half.
It started promisingly enough after Leonard Floyds stripped Rodgers on a sack on third-and-10 from the Packers 15 and recovered the fumble in the end zone. That gave Chicago a 10-6 lead 30 seconds into the third quarter.
The Packers scored touchdowns on their next three drives. The Bears never crossed the Green Bay 42 in the second half.