The Packers came out in a run defense, but when Mike Glennon dropped back for his first pass Thursday night, Clay Matthews was there to meet him, hitting him from the side in a strip-sack.
And one of the reasons Matthews was able to hit Chicago's quarterback from the side was that former Rockford Boylan star Dean Lowry was in his face. The Packers second-year defensive lineman pushed Bears tackle Bobbie Massie into Glennon's face and wrapped himself around Glennon's waist just after Matthews forced the turnover at Chicago's 3-yard line that would put the Packers ahead 14-0 three plays later.
"That was our base package and I was playing more of an end role," Lowry said in a phone interview Friday. "I pushed the tackle into the lap of Glennon, which gave Clay an easy route to the quarterback. If edge rushers have a good rush inside (from a teammate) it makes it a lot easier for them.
"You want to make sure the quarterback feels pressure inside so he can't step up in the pocket and negate the D end rush. Also, a lot of quarterbacks like to scramble up the middle. If there is pressure up the middle, they are less likely to scramble and create longer lasting plays."
That was the first of four turnovers by Glennon in Chicago's 35-14 loss.
And Lowry had a hand in the start of that turnover avalanche.
"That was real fun," Lowry said. "After last week, our goal was to start fast, and the very first play for us was Clay's sack-fumble. For me to be a part of that was cool. Lambeau was definitely rocking."
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Lowry, who plays both defensive end and tackle, may not have been on the field for that first play if Chicago (1-3) hadn't run for over 200 yards in last week's upset of the Steelers. TV analyst Tony Romo pointed out that the Packers play a nickel (five defensive backs) or dime (six DBs) defense more than all but one or two teams in the league. But that when they do play a base defense, the Packers (3-1) are tough to run against.
"We usually go with a nickel package unless a team has a very good rushing game, then we go with a base package and three D linemen on the field instead of two," Lowry said. "When it's our base package, that means more playing time for me and the other guys on the D line.
"That's a big part of who we are as a defense. We want to stop the run first. That makes teams one-dimensional and then in the second half, they are just throwing at us."
Most of Lowry's impact this year has been in a supporting role, not making the tackle but, like with Matthews' strip-sack, doing his job so others can do their's. He has four tackles and zero sacks so far, but has been playing more each week. He was on the field for 31 percent of Green Bay's defensive snaps in the season opener, then 59 percent, 61 percent and 69 percent of the defensive snaps in the next three games.
"That's a good sign," Lowry said. "My playing time keeps going up. A lot of that has to do with Mike Daniels' (hip) injury, but even without that, I've been playing more. That shows coaches trust me out there."
Now he just wants to make the type of impact that gets measured in the boxscore.
"I've been in there and been doing my job," Lowry said, "but I haven't had a whole lot of huge plays yet. My next step is to make more impactful plays, like sacks, tackles for loss or tipped passes."