It was a very physical afternoon around the NFL, especially for the Chicago Bears NFC North rivals. Clay Matthews was among several other wounded.
Green Bay Packers
Defensively it was actually a pretty good game for the Green Bay Packers. They forced three turnovers and only allowed 19 points. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as they still lost. If that weren’t bad enough, late in the game news dropped that star linebacker Clay Matthews, long plagued by leg injuries in his career was forced to leave the game with a groin ailment. He was unable to return. Given his history, the could become a nagging problem moving forward, never mind what it will do to the Packers pass rush.
While they deserve tons of credit defensively for allowing just 7 points to the Packers vaunted offense, the Detroit Lions are nonetheless hurting on that side of the ball. Safety James Ihedigbo didn’t even suit up along with a number of other corners. So it wasn’t the greatest news when middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch, one of their leaders and best players, injured his knee in the first half. It came after he notched a sack of Aaron Rodgers.
Not only did they come out of New Orleans with another rough loss, the Minnesota Vikings lost two key offensive pieces as well. The first was starting quarterback Matt Cassel who was carted off the field and it was later revealed has a number of fractures in his foot. That forced rookie 1st round pick Teddy Bridgewater to come in. The other big loss was tight end Kyle Rudolph. One of their top weapons in the passing game, he was forced out by a groin injury and is scheduled for an MRI which signals it may be bad.
The Chicago Bears can only hope the trend of week 3 doesn’t bite them as it has their rivals.
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