Packers' defense carries load as LaFleur-Rodgers offense starts slow

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A lack of action in the preseason clearly damaged both offences, and Rodgers at times looked uncomfortable in the attack designed by new coach Matt LaFleur.

The Packers and Bears open the season for the second year in a row, and this year wasn't almost as exciting as last year's game.

The Packers bright spots were left tackle David Bahktiaria who was able to handle Khalil Mack for most of the game even though the Offensive line gave up five sacks, and cornerback Jaire Alexander played pretty well for most of the game.

And former Bears safety Adrian Amos ($11 million to sign) had an interception in the end zone with 1:58 to play.

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Green Bay's first three possessions resulted in three punts and minus-12 yards. At one point, Chicago had three straight penalties to put it in a first-and-40. In fact, the last time the Bears beat the Packers at Soldier Field to start a season was September 2, 1979, when they snuck out a 6-3 victory. Not only is the "Thursday Night Football" opener a matchup of two storied franchises, it's also a huge game in the NFC North. Here are three takeaways from the Packers' win over the Bears.

Bears fans rejoiced in relief on the first score of the season: Pineiro's 38-yard first-quarter field goal. Getting the Smiths as equal threats to get to the quarterback avoids any double-teaming, furthering the pass-rush cause.

The 2019 NFL Season has begun. "We were rolling in practice and it just didn't translate".

After all, Nagy arrived to Soldier Field donning the signature fedora hat of George "Papa Bear" Halas and called for the T-formation on the offense's first play for the second year in a row before his offense proceeded to muster only a field goal in a performance that wasn't exactly a solid display of modernized football. "I think we've just got to be better as a team, I've got to be better and look at myself and watch this film and make sure I come back and improve from it".

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