There was no real reason to worry about the Green Bay Packers despite the opening week’s loss, especially given that the Chicago Bears were coming to town. They just needed to settle into what they do best.
This season, the Packers’ favorite way is probably not to let Aaron Rodgers throw it around. It’s Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon running the ball and a talented defense flying around and hitting hard. And back-to-back NFL MVPs will make plays when he has to.
The Packers got off to a slow start, but the Bears were in trouble when Jones and Dillon began to pick up the yards in pieces. The Packers didn’t do much in the second half but still registered a decisive 27-10 win.
The Packers lost 23-7 to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1. Maybe it was just a tough job for the Packers in the opener, or we’ll find that the Vikings are a lot better than we anticipated. But on Sunday night we saw that the packers were not going anywhere.
Packers dominated in the first half
The Bears started quickly, driving right downfield after a Packers field goal to start the game. Justin Fields runs for a touchdown. The Bears took the lead 7-3, and the NBC booth was trying to convince everyone that the Bears had a shot at resolving the upset.
The Packers captured the remaining half. His last four drives of the first half resulted in three touchdowns and a punt. It wasn’t just that the Packers beat an inferior Bears team. It was to be seen how the Packers wanted to win this season.
Jones went over 100 yards at the start of the third quarter and finished with 132. He scored twice. Dillon had 61 yards for 18. Not many teams want balance when it comes to having a quarterback like Rodgers, but that’s how Green Bay built their roster.
Rodgers is still brilliant, even with a set of young receivers that let him down. He threw a touchdown to Alan Lazard to give the Packers a 24-7 lead just before halftime. Rodgers was skilled with 234 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The offense slowed after halftime. There were some nasty mistakes. It looked like the Packers gave up after taking a huge halftime lead, with the Bears not much of a threat to upset them.
Green Bay defense holds on to victory
The Packers defense didn’t have a good day last week against the Vikings. Justin Jefferson was free running very often in his secondary, and Packers cornerback Jair Alexander wondered aloud why he wasn’t showing Jefferson.
There’s too much talent in the Packers defense to look so bad this season. Once the Packers took the lead, the defense started playing fast. Those rushing near him got good pressure on the fields. The bears hit the receiver as they caught the ball. Chicago scored on its first drive, and had a total of 10 yards on its next five drives.
The second half was a bit crooked. A rumbling handoff to Dillon in the Bears’ field helped keep the game from getting completely out of hand. No lead was secure in the NFL on Sunday, and the Bears made it into an interesting fourth quarter run. They trailed 24-10 and went up to the Packers’ 1-yard line, but inexplicably called the quarterback run from the shotgun formation, instead placing the field line down center and taking it sneakily. Predictably the fields were stopped short and the game was over.
The Packers face a better test next week when they play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They won’t be able to take the second half and beat the Buccaneers, but we know their favorite formula to win that game.