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Rants and Raves: RB Benson shines against former team

Sep. 13, 2012
 
Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson (32) runs against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field in Green Bay Thursday, September 13, 2012.
Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson (32) runs against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field in Green Bay Thursday, September 13, 2012. / Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette

Rave: It took 88 minutes and 53 seconds, but the Packers finally forced their first turnover of the season when Tramon Williams picked off Jay Cutler near midfield late in the first half. The diving catch, which survived a replay review, kept the Bears off the scoreboard and set up a field goal that gave the Packers a 13-0 halftime lead.

Rant: The Packers were at the Bearsí 17 when they allowed 10 seconds to run off the clock before they used their final timeout of the first half to kick a field goal. Why not take one shot at the end zone before settling for three points? Perhaps the Packers were afraid of the Bearsí defense, which sacked Rodgers four times in the first half.

Rave: It was both gutsy and brilliant when the Packers faked a 45-yard field goal attempt late in the first half and scored a touchdown. It was gutsy because the Packers faced a fourth and 26, meaning they needed to reach the 1-yard line or else would have given up the ball. It was brilliant because Tim Masthay, the holder, had a perfect shovel-pass to Tom Crabtree, who took it to the end zone. The Bears, normally known for their special teams prowess, never knew what hit them.

Rant: Jordy Nelson dropped a first-quarter pass down the sideline that would have carried into Bearsí territory and went for at least 25 yards. Instead, the Packers were forced to punt. Jermichael Finley dropped a second-quarter pass over the middle, then fumbled in the third quarter deep in Bearsí territory. James Jones also let a potential touchdown pass glance off his hands in the third quarter. Mistakes by receivers killed numerous Packersí scoring chances.

Rave: D.J. Smith picked up his first career sack on the Packersí first defensive play of the game, a 13-yard tackle for loss on Jay Cutler that buried the Bears at their own 5, forced an eventual punt, and set an early defensive tone. The Bears had no completions and minus 25 yards net passing in the first quarter.

Rant: Aaron Rodgers threw into triple coverage late in the first half and was lucky Lance Briggs dropped an interception. Midway through the fourth quarter Rodgers threw an ill-advised pass that was intercepted by Tim Jennings. Those are the kind of throws Rodgers rarely made last year when he only had six interceptions.

Rave: The Packers made an astute challenge early in the second quarter when they claimed the Bears had too many men on the field. Instead of having to punt, the Packers were given a first down on the penalty and drove for a field goal.

Rant: The guy seeking retaliation always seems to get caught. A.J. Hawk gave Bears tackle Gabe Carimi a shove at the end of a second-quarter running play and Carimi pushed back. Officials only saw Carimiís infraction and assessed him a 15-yard personal foul penalty.

Rave: Cedric Benson was a workhorse for the Packers. He rushed 18 times for 69 yards and caught four passes for 35 yards.

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