Starting two rookies for what was believed the first time in franchise history at this position group bodes well for the future, but the present was very dicey.
“Got work to do,” middle linebacker Jon Bostic said, summing up the situation for more than just Khaseem Greene and himself.
Run support was poor as the Packers rushed for 199 yards. Tackling was bad throughout the defense, not just among the linebackers, but the group was unable to deliver impact plays against running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks.
The defense was gashed for a 33-yard touchdown run in the first quarter by Starks on which James Anderson was completely out of the play following Starks’ first step, and neither Bostic nor Greene reacted to the run play.
Anderson let an interception go through his hands deep in the Chicago end of the field, and the Packers used the reprieve to turn that into a go-ahead field goal in the third quarter.
Bostic left too much of the middle open for a 27-yard completion to Jordy Nelson on the third play of Green Bay’s opening possession on the way to a field goal.
“Work to do” says it all.