One game does not make a season.
However, I guarantee there are more NFL fans smiling in Wisconsin than in Illinois these days.
Thursday's 100th NFL season opener was a classic - "Da Bears" vs. The Green Bay Packers.
The NFC North Division game was just what I expected... D-E-F-E-N-S-E!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Packers won, 10-3.
If second-year defensive coordinator Mike Pettine didn't receive the a game ball after the huge road victory, there is something wrong in Packerland.
Pettine, thanks to general manager Brian Gutekunst's key offseason free agent acquisitions and draft picks, Green Bay is quickly building a solid defense for the future.
Unfortunately, the offense has a way to go under a new offensive scheme and first-year coach Matt La Fleur, but I feel good that it will come around sooner rather than later.
Did you notice the extra giddy-up in Packers' veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers' step when he gave Pettine a celebratory shove just before the final whistle signaled victory? Rodgers almost seemed relieved, realizing that he and the offense don't necessarily need to produce at least 28-30 points a game to win this year.
I know. One game does not make a season.
Did you notice Rodgers was also quick to heap praise on Pettine and La Fleur in postgame interviews. Mike McCarthy who...?
Packer fans need not look at the final stats. It's apparent the Packers must improve their modern-style La Fleur offense. However, Pettine has a creative defense for years to come.
Green Bay faces another strong division foe in the Minnesota Vikings a week from now.
Yeah, I know. One game does not make a season.