Green Bay Packers: Grades from Week 1 victory over Chicago Bears

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 09: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers avoids being sacked by Akiem Hicks #96 of the Chicago Bears during the first quarter of a game at Lambeau Field on September 9, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 09: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers avoids being sacked by Akiem Hicks #96 of the Chicago Bears during the first quarter of a game at Lambeau Field on September 9, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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GREEN BAY, WI – SEPTEMBER 09: Trey Burton #80 of the Chicago Bears is tackled by Kentrell Brice #29 of the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter of a game at Lambeau Field on September 9, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI – SEPTEMBER 09: Trey Burton #80 of the Chicago Bears is tackled by Kentrell Brice #29 of the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter of a game at Lambeau Field on September 9, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Defense: B

The defense got off to a horrible start, giving up a touchdown on the opening possession of the game. They followed that up by allowing a field goal, but were solid the rest of the night, only giving up six points from there on out.

It was obvious new Bears’ head coach Matt Nagy had some creative sets dialed up for the opening series and it gave the Packers fits. However, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was able to adjust his scheme and allow the Packers to hang in their long enough.

This grade could be a lot higher if the Packers’ players had shown up. Clay Matthews was a joke and was invisible for most of the night. There were multiple players who had opportunities to make plays in the backfield (Josh Jackson on a corner-blitz), but failed to wrap the ball-carrier up. Still, they did enough to give their team every chance to win and that’s exactly what happened.