Bears shut out Packers in opener

In the history of the Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers rivalry, I’m not sure I can write anything that hasn’t already been done—but, I’m going to try.

What a great way to start the season if you’re a Bears fan. Not so good if you happen to cheer for Brett Favre and the boys.

The Bears not only dominated the Packers on both sides of the ball, but also on special teams. Chicago destroyed Green Bay 26-0. This was the first shutout for the Bears in five years, and the first time Green Bay was held scoreless in 17 years. Ironically, it was also the Bears who shut them out back then.

Quarterback Rex Grossman was able to calm some of the Bears naysayers with the best performance of his career, passing for 262 yards.

On Chicago’s first possession of 2006, Grossman was able to connect with Bernard Berrian on a 49-yard touchdown pass. He then went on to complete several mid-range passes with pinpoint accuracy. He even looked good on a couple of passes to receivers coming out of the backfield that went for short gains.

I think this may put the quarterback controversy that was brewing during the pre-season to rest (at least until something goes wrong during the Lions game this week).

Grossman’s only mistake came on a play I thought he was actually trying to throw the ball out of the end zone. Green Bay defenders were able to intercept the errant toss. Fortunately for the Bears, it didn’t develop into anything for the Packers.

The Bears will face the Detroit Lions at noon, Sunday, Sept. 16, in Soldier Field. The Lions are coming off a last-minute loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The Bears should make it 2-0 in the NFC Central.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the Sept. 13-19, 2006, issue

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