The story line Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers Thursday Night Football match up was the tiebreaker. They had played 194 times previously and were deadlocked with 94 wins, 94 losses and six ties between them. Both teams also entered the short week coming off of overtime wins over AFC Central opponents. Green Bay had beaten Cincinnati and Chicago had defeated Pittsburgh.
Shortly (almost immediately) after kickoff, the Bears’ terrible play became the theme of the evening as they quickly found themselves in a 14-0 hole.
— Vinny Hardy (@VinnyHardy) September 29, 2017
A weather delay also factored into the story line equation.
Former Cat Danny Trevathan also became a story line after being flagged for his hit on Green Bay wide receiver Davante Adams.
Adams was hospitalized, Trevathan was given a two-game suspension. Trevathan will appeal the suspension and has said that he isn’t a dirty player and also expressed concern for Adams. Historically he hasn’t been involved in these type of plays. There was an interesting debate on Twitter among former UK players about the hit as well.
— Van Hiles (@vstyles17) September 29, 2017
WHAT?!?!? That was HELMET to FACEMASK!!! IE…HELMET TO HELMET. Also a defenseless player. All of the personal fouls in one play! https://t.co/aLNXIGueX4
— Mike Dropper (@AdotWhite) September 29, 2017
The speed of the game is unreal and Trevathan did have to cover a lot of ground to get there but then squared him up head to head once he got there.
The way the game is played now guys are going to be flagged for that every time. Fair or not the dirty label will follow players if it continues to happen. Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is the poster boy for that and rightfully so.
Trevathan isn’t in that ball park at all. After he sits out his two games no doubt he’ll try to prove it.