Packers pummel Bears
By Sports Network
|Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, left, is sacked by Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Jerel Worthy in the second half during their NFL football game in Green Bay, Wisconsin September 13, 2012. (REUTERS/Darren Hauck)
Aaron Rogers threw for 219 yards and a score, punter Tim Masthay added a 27-yard touchdown pass and the Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears, 23-10, on Thursday in an NFC North showdown at Lambeau Field.
Rogers completed 23-of-32 passes with an interception and a 26-yard, fourth- quarter touchdown pass to Donald Driver as the Packers (1-1) bounced back from a 30-22 season-opening home loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Cedric Benson rushed for 81 yards on 20 carries in the win and Masthay hit Tom Crabtree with a shovel pass to successfully convert a fake field goal attempt in the second quarter.
The Bears scored 41 points in a season-opening win over the Colts, but were largely held in check on Thursday.
Jay Cutler completed just 11-of-27 passes for 126 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions and was sacked seven times -- 3 1/2 by Clay Matthews.
Offseason acquisition Brandon Marshall, who had 119 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions in Week 1, didn't make a catch until the fourth quarter and finished with two grabs for 24 yards.
Matt Forte had 31 yards on seven carries for the Bears (1-1) before departing in the third quarter with an apparent ankle injury.