Poorly Played Game Sets Pro Football Back 100 Years
On the 100th anniversary of the National Football League, the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears set pro football back a century.
The offensive ineptitude from both teams produced just 467 combined yards. The Packers averaged a paltry 3.7 yards per play, the Bears 3.9. Green Bay’s third down “efficiency” was 2-of-12; Chicago’s was 3-of-13. Just 13 points were scored, with Green Bay winning 10-3. And the Packers have Aaron Rodgers.
The Bears have Mitchell Trubisky. Seriously, with all the scouting, research, emphasis on the draft, camps and mini-camps, this is the best they could do at quarterback? Bears fans might want to consider rooting against their team winning any games this year so they can get Tua. At least they made a field goal. Then they knocked the ensuing kickoff out of bounds.
The quality of play often resembled high school football – each team had 10 penalties, for example. At one point, after they had finally crossed midfield, the Bears got three consecutive penalties. They went from first-and-10 in Green Bay territory to first-and-40 from inside their own 20.
It was ugly. As ugly as a 300-pound woman in a bikini suntanning on a beach.
Is this what we are in for during the 2019 season? It was typical of the NFL in this modern era: huge buildup, TV promotions, excited fans and then a big thud when the players take the field.
Let’s face it – most of the NFL games are boring. The so-called offensive innovators that are changing the game (this is a standard line in the overly-excited media that covers the sport) hardly ever throw the ball down the field. It’s all dinks and underneath stuff. The Bears threw so often to the running back out of the backfield on long third downs they had no chance of converting them.
Al Davis, where are you!?
The Packers-Bears merely showcased – on the opening kickoff to the 2019 season – what is wrong with the NFL. And that is boring offensive plays, piled on with sloppy play and penalties.
Get used to it folks because football is back!