GREEN BAY, Wis. — Sporting Alert — Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes, and the Green Bay Packers beat the mistake-prone Chicago Bears 35-14 to open NFL Week 4 play on Thursday night.
Before the game, Bears and Packers players, along with coaches and other staff members locked arms on the sidelines during the national anthem at Lambeau Field.
Play was then delayed for about 45 minutes at the end of the first quarter because of lightning, which forced the officials to take the players off the field.
The stadium announcer also asked fans to move indoors into the halls.
But the early setbacks and a few injury problems didn’t affect Green Bay, which did what it needed to win at home again.
Rodgers, who had four red zone TD passes on the night, finished 18 of 26 for 176 yards.
He found Jordy Nelson twice for scores and also passed to Randall Cobb and Davante Adams for a TD.
It was the fourth time the veteran quarterback was throwing for four touchdowns against the Bears.
Aaron Jones also ran for a score for the Packers (3-1), who have won two in a row.
“We knew were going to get into a grind of a game. The turnovers were huge for us,” coach Mike McCarthy said.
Meanwhile, Adams was added to Green Bay’s list of injury problems after he was wheeled off the field and ended up at the hospital following a helmet-to-helmet hit from Chicago linebacker Danny Trevathan, who insists the hit was not intentional.
In the meantime, quarterback Mike Glennon got off to a miserable start to the game and the Chicago Bears never recovered.
The free-agent acquisition completed 21 of 33 passes for 218 yards with one touchdown, but also had two interceptions and lost two fumbles.
“The number one thing I obviously have to fix is the turnovers,” Glennon, who fumbled on his first snap admitted.
Jordan Howard ran for 53 yards and a score and Kendall Wright took a catch for a touchdown for the Bears (1-3), who outgained the Packers 308-260 and won on first-downs 20-17.
Chicago head coach John Fox, who will certainly review this game extensively, could make changes for the home game against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 9.
“Obviously a very poor performance. I think it starts at the top,” Fox said. “We got outcoached, we got outplayed in every area.”
The Green Bay Packers visit the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 8.