Emma's observations from Bears-Packers: It's time to find more offensive balance


GREEN BAY, Wis. (670 The Score) -- The Bears on Sunday lost to the Packers once again, falling 27-10 at Lambeau Field. Here are the observations from the game.

Seeking balance 
NFL coaches sometimes become too reliant on the passing game and abandon the run in this era of football, but Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy was on the opposite end of the spectrum Sunday.

Bears quarterback Justin Fields attempted just 11 passes, competing seven of them for 70 yards while throwing one interception. Getsy called just 14 passing plays in total, not including option plays that resulted in a run.

“Luke said before the game that we were going to run it down their throat,” Fields said of the game plan.

The Bears did that, rushing 27 times for 180 yards and a touchdown. But that approach also played into the Packers’ hands defensively, as they largely prevented explosive plays. The Bears had three plays go for more than 20 yards, with their longest being a 30-yard completion from Fields to receiver Equanimeous St. Brown on a flea flicker. The other two plays of more than 20 yards were runs.

With an established running game, the Bears also need to take chances in the passing attack. Top receiver Darnell Mooney has two catches for four yards this season. Tight end Cole Kmet has zero catches for zero yards. Fields has completed just 15 passes in Chicago’s 1-1 start.

The monsoon-like conditions at Soldier Field in the Bears’ opener certainly played a role in their lack of passing production, but Sunday pulled back the curtain on the group’s lack of continuity.

The Bears host the Texans this upcoming Sunday at Soldier Field, where Fields will face the same type of Cover-2 scheme that he sees in practice each day. Fields should have the chance to throw the football more and stretch the field vertically.

That will be crucial as the Bears need to open up the passing game to create balance to complement the run.

Perhaps I’m in the minority here, but I didn’t have a problem with the Bears’ fourth-and-goal play call from the Packers’ 1-yard line that failed in the fourth quarter.

As Bears coach Matt Eberflus explained, the thinking was that using a shotgun formation and giving the ball to the quarterback on a power play would help create a favorable numbers situation in the box. While it might’ve been preferable to give the ball to running back David Montgomery, who averaged 8.1 yards per carry on a 122-yard night, it wasn’t an egregious decision. It certainly wasn’t Getsy getting too cute.

The only issue I had with the design of the play was having right guard Lucas Patrick pulling, a maneuver that’s better suited in the middle of the field. The Bears should’ve been focused on pushing forward rather than shifting across the line. Patrick bumped into Kmet, and the Bears blew up their own play.

Gordon has a rough night 
On one side of the Bears’ defense, third-year cornerback Jaylon Johnson was largely a spectator. Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packer didn’t throw at him once.

Instead, Rodgers was constantly looking to exploit Bears rookie cornerback Kyler Gordon, a second-round pick in April. Gordon was targeted 13 times and allowed 10 completions for 163 yards, according to Pro Football Focus data. The troubling night for Gordon could be excused by the tall task he was facing in going up against Rodgers and his masterclass of picking apart a defense.

Gordon surely didn’t enjoy watching the film of this game as the Bears regrouped at Halas Hall, but there’s a lot he could learn.

Still on guard 
The Bears continued their rotation at right guard, with Teven Jenkins starting the game and Lucas Patrick entering after two series. The rotation continued on from there, just as it did in the season opener.

It’s a temporary solution for the Bears as Patrick continues to recover from right hand surgery. Until he can effectively snap the football, Patrick isn’t going to be used at center. But Jenkins has excelled in stepping in at right guard and deserves the full workload at that position.

Once Patrick is healthy, the Bears will need to make a decision on whether Patrick or Sam Mustipher will move forward as the starting center.

Extra points 
-- The Bears’ lone touchdown Sunday showed how they can utilize Fields’ mobility effectively. He ran a designed rollout paired with Montgomery, drawing Packers cornerback Eric Stokes in between their movements. Montgomery shifted from being open as a target in the end zone to blocking for Fields, sealing off a lane for the touchdown run.

-- Rookie safety Jaquan Brisker had a learning moment on Packers running back Aaron Jones’ 15-yard touchdown run. As the crack toss play led to the outside, Brisker cheated toward the sidelines while Jones cut back inside and followed his blockers. The Bears had no last line of defense.

-- The Bears regretted the second-and-28 play in the second quarter as the Packers went from a doomed scenario to continuing a scoring drive. Chicago got caught napping on a screen play, and it turned into a 20-yard completion that made the third-down situation manageable.

-- Montgomery showed the kind of heart that makes him beloved by his Bears teammates. He constantly runs so tough.

-- After the game, Eberflus went out of his way to compliment safety Eddie Jackson’s performance. It felt notable given the uncertainty surrounding Jackson entering this season.

-- Please, don’t put any stock into Fields saying his “job is to run the play that's given to me the best that I can." It wasn’t a shot at Getsy and shouldn’t be perceived as such.

-- Every game at Lambeau Field feels like the exact same game.

-- The Packers still own the Bears.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.

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