The Associated Press
Genaro C. Armas
GREEN BAY, Wis.–The Green Bay Packers keep finding ways to win despite more key injuries.
The Chicago Bears never recovered from a miserable start by quarterback Mike Glennon.
Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes while the injury-riddled Packers converted three turnovers into scores in an eventful 35-14 victory over the mistake-prone Chicago Bears last night.
Rodgers connected with Davante Adams and Randall Cobb on short touchdown passes to help build a 21-0 lead in the second quarter of a game delayed 45 minutes by lightning between the first two periods.
The Packers then overpowered the Bears down the stretch to slog out a win as intermittent rain fell at Lambeau Field.
“We knew were going to get into a grind of a game,” coach Mike McCarthy said.
“The turnovers were huge for us.”
But the Packers (3-1) also lost two more key players to injuries.
Adams left the field on a stretcher after getting hit in the head during a tackle by Danny Trevathan in the third quarter.
Running back Ty Montgomery was knocked out in the first quarter with a chest injury.
But the Packers capitalized on an awful start by Glennon, who accounted for four turnovers.
“The number-one thing I obviously have to fix is the turnovers,” Glennon conceded.
He fumbled on his first snap on a strip sack by Clay Matthews. Rodgers hit Cobb for a 2-yard touchdown pass three plays later for a 7-0 lead.
And the rout was on.
Glennon fumbled on his next series, too, but the Packers couldn’t score on that drive.
It only was a matter of time because the mistakes kept mounting.
Glennon threw his second interception with 2:54 left in the third quarter.
Six plays later, receiver Jordy Nelson caught his second touchdown pass–an eight-yarder from Rodgers–to make it a 28-point lead.
“This was a big character win for us,” Rodgers said.
“It’s been a next-man-up, no-excuses policy.”
Rodgers was 18-of-26 for 179 yards. He picked apart the Bears (1-3) on short, quick passes–a game plan in part necessitated by a patchwork offensive line.
The Packers played without starting tackles David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga, and their three backup tackles already are on injured reserve.
The injury to Adams cast a pall late in the third quarter. The game was delayed for about five minutes while medical personnel tended to the receiver, who gave a thumbs-up signal as he was wheeled off the field.
The Packers said Adams was conscious and taken to a hospital for evaluation for possible head and neck injuries, and that he had feeling in all of his extremities.
“The news I was given on Davante–everything looks positive,” McCarthy said.
“That’s a great sign.”
Green Bay at least gets a long weekend to rest after another costly week on the field.
Both the Packers and Bears were coming off overtime wins Sunday.
For Chicago, questions from Bears’ fans will persist about whether coach John Fox should turn to No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback following another lacklustre night for Glennon.
He finished 21-of-33 for 216 yards and one touchdown.
“Obviously a very poor performance,” said Fox.
“I think it starts at the top,” he added. “We got outcoached, we got outplayed in every area.”
The Packers are 95-94-6 against the Bears–their first lead in the series since 1933.
It’s the oldest rivalry in football, dating back to 1923.