5 takeaways from Bears' stunning Week 1 loss to Packers

5 takeaways from Bears' stunning Week 1 loss to Packers

5 takeaways from Bears' stunning Week 1 loss to Packers

The Chicago Bears almost had a superb upset to start the 2018 National Football League season against the rival Green Bay Packers, which was fueled by recently-acquired star Khalil Mack. Undoubtedly, they are busy preparing for their game against the Rams on Monday night. Green Bay held on for a 24-23 win.

TE Jimmy Graham makes his first catch as a member of the Green Bay Packers on a pass from QB Aaron Rodgers Sunday night against the Chicago Bears. He appeared to reach down for the back of his left leg. Rodgers then walked to the cart that took him up the Lambeau Field tunnel.

A gimpy Rodgers returned in the second half and finally figured out the Bears. "When I realized I probably should jog".

Don't expect any of that to change Gruden or Reggie McKenzie's way of thinking. If Green Bay had scored a touchdown, they would've won either way.

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The struggles and lack of cohesion shared by the starting group was obvious through the first half prior to Rodgers' injury. Kizer's first two series after Rodgers departed were disastrous - both because of the newest Bears defender, Khalil Mack.

Another dagger: Kyle Fuller dropped a sure-fire interception on the first play from scrimmage on the Packers' ensuing drive.

A 12-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams with 9:01 left in the game has the Packers within 20-17 of the Bears. The Bears came out and earned their first 10-point lead over the Packers since 2007, with Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky looking sharp. It wasn't even a drive. Turning to Kizer, who struggled last season after being forced into the starting job for the Cleveland Browns, could also pose difficulties for a team that would have to face hard defenses within the division.

Rodgers threw two quick incompletions, but on third down, he found Randall Cobb wide open in the middle of the field.

Despite breaking his collarbonein Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings, Rodgers will have his sights on winning a second Lombardi Trophy this season. Mack, who missed all of training camp and the preseason due to a contract holdout with the Raiders, showed the elusiveness of a running back while returning the pick 27 yards for a touchdown to give the Bears a 17-0 lead with:39 left in the half. Which do you see for the 2018 Bears?

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