Nov 29, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Preston Smith (91) returns a fumble recovery for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Packers crush Bears behind Rodgers’ 4 TDs

Aaron Rodgers carved up the Chicago Bears’ usually formidable defense for four touchdown passes Sunday night as the Green Bay Packers put a chokehold on the NFC North with a 41-25 blowout win at Lambeau Field.

Rodgers completed 21 of 29 passes for 211 yards as Green Bay (8-3) took a three-game lead over Chicago (5-6) and Minnesota with five games left. The Packers could clinch the division title as soon as next week if they win and both teams chasing them lose.

Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, starting his first game since Sept. 27, hit on 26 of 46 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns. He also tossed two interceptions and lost a fumble that Preston Smith took 14 yards for a score that upped Green Bay’s second-quarter lead to 27-3.

It was the fifth straight loss for Chicago, and this game wasn’t close. The Packers’ offense started the game with three long touchdown drives that lasted nearly 21 minutes, establishing a 20-3 advantage and taking the Bears out of their game plan.

Rodgers hit Davante Adams for a 12-yard scoring strike at the 7:22 mark of the first quarter, the sixth straight game Adams has caught a touchdown. After Cairo Santos got Chicago on the board with a 27-yard field goal, Green Bay made it 14-3 on the second quarter’s first play, Rodgers finding Marcedes Lewis for a 5-yard score.

The Packers melted nearly eight minutes of clock on their next possession before Rodgers flipped a 2-yard touchdown pass to Allen Lazard. Za’Darius Smith then strip-sacked Trubisky, leading to Preston Smith’s score.

Trubisky connected with Allen Robinson for a 1-yard touchdown 19 seconds before halftime to cut Green Bay’s halftime lead to 27-10. But the Packers ended any suspense in the third quarter with Rodgers’ 39-yard scoring strike to Robert Tonyan and Jamaal Williams’ 13-yard touchdown run.

Trubisky fired fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 6 yards to Robinson and 3 yards to David Montgomery.

–Field Level Media

Oct 18, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) on the sidelines in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Bears not ready to name starting QB

Matt Nagy did not name a starting quarterback for Sunday’s game at Green Bay, but the Chicago Bears’ head coach seemingly showed his cards at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Mitchell Trubisky participated in practice but Nick Foles is day-to-day with a hip injury and was unable to take the field as preparation for the primetime visit to the Packers approaches.

“I have seen a change in him,” Nagy said of Trubisky. “And for the good.”

“If he is going (to start at Green Bay), what I would say is this: I have all the confidence in the world in him.”

Nagy repeated his opinion that Trubisky has grown while watching Foles start since the Bears rallied to win at Atlanta, 30-26, on Sept. 27.

Trubisky has been inactive since injuring his shoulder in a loss to the New Orleans Saints Nov. 4. Foles injured his hip on the final series of a Week 10 home loss to the Vikings.

The Packers aren’t exactly a picture of health. Green Bay listed 21 players on its Wednesday injury report, including starting wide receivers Davante Adams (ankle) and Allen Lazard (core).

–Field Level Media

Nov 16, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles (9) leaves the game in the second half after an apparent injury against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Bears QB Foles day-to-day with hip/glute injury

Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles’ hip/glute injury isn’t as bad as initially feared and is considered day-to-day, coach Matt Nagy told reporters Tuesday.

Foles was injured in the final minute of Monday night’s 19-13 home loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

With the Bears at their own 20-yard line to start a last-minute drive, Foles took a hard hit from Vikings defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo after releasing a pass that fell incomplete. He remained down on the field for several minutes before he was helped onto a cart and taken off the field.

Foles, 31, is a nine-year veteran who began the season as a backup until Mitchell Trubisky lost the job in Week 3. Foles managed only 106 yards on 15-of-26 passing Monday. He was intercepted once.

With Trubisky unavailable because of a shoulder injury, Tyler Bray came on to finish the game Bray threw an 18-yard completion to Ryan Nall to get to the Chicago 38, but after spiking the ball to stop the clock, Bray threw three consecutive incompletions. The Vikings took over on downs and ran out the clock.

Foles, the Super Bowl LII MVP with the Philadelphia Eagles, has completed 65 percent of his passes this season for 1,852 yards and 10 touchdowns with eight interceptions.

The Bears (5-5), who have lost four in a row, have a bye this weekend. They face the division-leading Packers (7-2) in Green Bay on Nov. 29.

Nagy said he believes Foles has a contusion and a strain and that he is unlikely to go on injured reserve.

Nagy also said another quarterback change is a possibility. “When you lose four in a row, everything’s on the table,” Nagy said.

In other injury news, Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks left the game with a strained right hamstring and return specialist Dwayne Harris is awaiting confirmation on a torn triceps.

–Field Level Media

Oct 14, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; A Chicago Bears helmet and gloves sit on the field prior to the game between the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Bears place rookie OL Simmons on reserve/Covid-19 list

Days after being promoted to the active roster, Chicago Bears rookie offensive lineman Lachavious Simmons has been added to the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.

Simmons traveled with the team to Nashville, Tenn., for Sunday night’s game against the Titans.

Simmons, 24, tested positive on Saturday and the result was confirmed on Sunday morning, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The team promoted practice squad player Aaron Neary to fill his spot on the active roster.

Simmons was promoted from the practice squad this week and hasn’t played for the Bears this season.

The move comes on the heels of Bears safety Deon Bush being added the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list one day earlier. Center Cody Whitehair, tackle Jason Spriggs and defensive back Michael Joseph are also on the reserve/COVID-19 list for the Bears.

ESPN reported Saturday that Bush, who has appeared in six of the eight Bears’ games this season, all as a reserve, has not tested positive for the virus. However, he had close contact with someone who is being kept away from the team and facility.

Bush is under quarantine away from the team in Nashville, ESPN reported.

–Field Level Media

Nov 1, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) is tackled by New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Alex Anzalone (47) during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Trubisky (shoulder) won’t need surgery

After meeting with a specialist in Los Angeles, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has determined he won’t need surgery to repair his injured right shoulder, according to ESPN.

He is considered week-to-week as he rehabs the injury.

Trubisky, 26, met with prominent orthopedic surgeon Neal ElAttrache on Thursday, NFL Network reported.

Trubisky took just one snap in the Bears’ overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday and ran for 3 yards before being tackled by linebacker Alex Anzalone, landing awkwardly on his shoulder.

The injury is similar to the one that sidelined him for two games in 2018.

Trubisky, 26, began the season at quarterback for the Bears after winning the competition with Nick Foles. He started the first three games — all wins — before coach Matt Nagy decided to start Foles instead. Foles relieved Trubisky in Week 3, rallying the Bears to a victory in Atlanta.

Since then, the Bears are 2-3.

The Bears are scheduled to face the Titans (5-2) in Tennessee on Sunday. If Trubisky can’t play, practice-squad quarterback Tyler Bray would be activated to back up Foles.

On the season, Trubisky is 51 of 86 for 560 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions.

Foles has completed 151 of his 233 pass attempts for 1,411 yards and eight touchdowns. He has been picked off seven times. Foles has carried the ball 11 times for minus-1 yards and a score.

–Field Level Media