If you look only at the final score of the Sunday Night Football game, you might think the Chicago Bears aren’t too far behind the Green Bay Packers. Compare the statistical breakdown, and it might look even more respectable.
Don’t let those things fool you, however. This was an absolute beatdown.
Green Bay won the game 41-25 to move to 8-3 on the year. That drops Chicago below the .500 mark, down to 5-6. Here are how some of the key statistical categories stacked up between the two teams on Sunday night:
- Total yardage: GB (393) / CHI (351)
- Yards per play: GB (5.8) / CHI (5.4)
- First downs: GB (28) / CHI (26)
Pretty close, right? Well, let’s get into the key differences.
First off, the turnovers. The Bears had three of them (two interceptions, one fumble) while the Packers didn’t commit any. The other was the time of possession. Green Bay had the ball for 37 minutes and 44 seconds to Chicago’s 22 minutes and 16 seconds. These stats more accurately depict the difference between these two teams.
Even a close look at the in-game score shows just how lopsided the victory was for the Packers. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Green Bay was leading 41-10. But as Ryan Glasspiegel pointed out on Twitter, the team sometimes likes to take its foot off the gas.
This is where the Packers need to not get board. Sometimes they inexplicably take their foot off the gas and the momentum does not sustain.
— Ryan Glasspiegel (@sportsrapport) November 30, 2020
That led to two fourth-quarter touchdowns from the Bears that made this game seem closer than it actually was on the field. The Packers are head-and-shoulders better than the Bears, and that should be the takeaway from this game, regardless of what the scoreboard says.
Aaron Rodgers threw for only 211 yards, but that is another number that doesn’t adequately reflect the performance. He was extremely efficient, completing 72.4 percent of his passes while also throwing four touchdowns.
Running backs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams were each given 17 carries, and the duo turned those opportunities into 163 yards on the ground.
Statistically speaking, Mitch Trubisky (242 pass yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions) and David Montgomery (11 carries, 103 rush yards) didn’t look that much different. But if you watched the game, it was easy to see why Chicago has lost five straight, while Green Bay has one of the best records in the NFC.
At this point, the Packers might be the best team in the NFC.
Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.