McCarren: Look at QB play for why Packers beat Bears
Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - If someone wants to dissect the Green Bay Packers' division-clinching 21-13 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, simply look at the quarterback statistics.
Newsradio 620 WTMJ Packers color commentator and TODAY'S TMJ4/NBC26 reporter Larry McCarren explained that the performance of Aaron Rodgers, in comparison to Chicago's Jay Cutler, shows you all you need to know about why Green Bay earned the win.
"You've got to give credit where it's due," explained McCarren. "The real key to the game is quarterback play."
Rodgers played with the form that led him to a Super Bowl MVP and an NFL MVP in the past 22 months.
Cutler did not.
"One of the key stats in terms of winning and losing is (passer) rating and opponent (passer) rating," said McCarren.
"It really holds up over time. When your quarterback better than doubles the opponent's (passer) rating, you're going to win games."
Aaron Rodgers' passer rating for Sunday: 116.8 (23-36, 291 yards, 3 TD's, 0 INT's)
Jay Cutler: 72.5 (12-21, 135 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT)
Perhaps it's not more than double, but it reflects the dominance in passing efficiency the Packers had Sunday.
"You're going to win that football game," explained McCarren.
He credited the Packers' defense for shutting down the talented but sometimes mercurial Cutler.
"The return of Clay Matthews, the work of the defensive secondary...after the first series or so, they held the Bears to next to nothing."