Packers Points vs. Bears, Fast Food: Aaron Jones runs in the wild as he skips the Green Bay Bears at Lambeau Field

It wasn’t a perfect match for the Packers, but Sunday’s prime-time game with the Bears was a marked improvement over Week 1 for Green Bay. Not only was Aaron Rodgers more productive distributing the ball to his provisional receiving team, but Matt LaFleur managed to open his dynamic back-double, with Aaron Jones in particular as the centerpiece of the green-and-yellow attack. Despite some moves, the Packers left Week 2 with a solid win in hand, overtaking Justin Fields and the Bears with a 27-10 decision that put them back at 0.500 in the NFC North.

Here are some instant quick points from “Sunday Night Football”:

Why did the Packers win?

Unable to push the ball consistently due to a widespread lack of elite weapons, Green Bay instead pivoted wisely into a balanced attack with Jones as the focal point. The double threat delivered, turning average play into elusive gains on nearly every drive, hitting 170 melee yards. Rodgers played his quieter part well, mostly firing quick shots in short territory, with Randall Cope in particular stepping up on key touchdowns. Sammy Watkins also featured, including a deep shot in the fourth quarter that cemented the victory. The attack had its slips, calling the Bears up the momentum with a pair of flop picks/passes, but always felt in control after their first touchdown.

Defensively, players didn’t necessarily impress with wasteful play early on, and they struggled desperately to contain David Montgomery as the game went on. They also never let Justin Fields settle as a bittersweet, daring to let conservative “bears” loosen it up. Preston Smith presided over that group, coming off the edge. Meanwhile, Jair Alexander sprinted across the entire field to take out Fields in the final minutes and put the arc to the match.

Why did the bears lose

They used up all their juice on the first drive. Matt Eberfels’ defense kept enough pressure on Rodgers to give Chicago a chance. Even the 24-7 deficit didn’t complete their demise due to a forced trip in time, plus three early sacks on the A-Rod. But Fields’ unit slowed to a halt after a confident start, averaging just 4 yards per pass attempt in the fourth quarter. The Bears’ heavy reliance on ground game was also bittersweet, with Fields, Khalil Herbert and Montgomery (over 130 total yards) plundering important runs, but not accompanying an air attack. In fact, Fields didn’t hit double-digit pass attempts until the last two minutes, which may or may not be an indictment about the bears’ trust (or lack of) in him. Their decision-making also left a bit sloppy, as evidenced by Shotgun QB’s failed fourth-goal tie, with a chance to make it one game in the fourth inning.

turning point

It might refer to either of Rodgers’ third darts down into Cobb, or Jones’ second point of the night, a sweeping “catch” that puts Green Bay up 10 in the first inning. But the Packers’ goal line standing on a fourth penalty kick down by Fields, eight minutes left and the Bears threatening to make it a one-point game, all sealed a Green Bay deal. Fields gave his all in the play, and its predecessor, almost scrambling to get a TD by extension to the edifice. Replays may have indicated that the fields actually crossed the goal line. Unfortunately, things have kept the ball—and the game—in the hands of the firm.

play the game

This wasn’t a major Dolphins-Ravens frenzy, but rather specific to grunt action, which is why putting Rodgers in late in the second quarter to hit Cobb for the first time was so impressive. Not only did Rodgers show he still had enough in his legs to get in and out of the pocket, but he helped extend Green Bay’s campaign before the first half and made a 24-7 lead before the break.

What’s Next

The Packers (1-1) will hit the road for a game with Tom Brady and Buccaneers (2-0), who beat Saints on Sunday and, previously, Green Bay in the NFC Championship 2020. In the meantime, the Bears (1-1) will return to home to host the Texans (0-1-1), which the Broncos defeated in the second week.

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