Packers vs. Bears rating, takeaways: Aaron Jones runs wild as Green Bay rolls past Bears at Lambeau Field

It wasn’t an ideal sport for the Packers, however Sunday evening’s prime-time matchup with the Bears was a marked enchancment from Week 1 for Green Bay. Not solely was Aaron Rodgers extra productive spreading the ball to his makeshift receiving corps, however Matt LaFleur efficiently unlocked his dynamic backfield duo, with Aaron Jones particularly breaking out as the centerpiece of the inexperienced and yellow assault. Despite a number of fumbles, the Packers left Week 2 with a victory firmly in hand, rolling past Justin Fields and the Bears with a 27-10 determination that places them again at .500 within the NFC North.

Here are some immediate takeaways from “Sunday Night Football”:

Why the Packers gained

Unable to persistently push the ball downfield because of an absence of elite weapons out broad, Green Bay as a substitute correctly pivoted to a balanced assault with Jones as the point of interest. The twin risk delivered, turning common performs into elusive beneficial properties on virtually each drive, to the tune of 170 scrimmage yards. Rodgers performed his quieter half properly, firing principally fast short-area strikes, with Randall Cobb particularly stepping up on key downs. Sammy Watkins additionally emerged, together with with a fourth-quarter deep shot that each one however iced the victory. The offense did have its slip-ups, inviting Bears momentum with a few fumbled snaps/hand-offs, however at all times felt in management after its first landing drive.

Defensively, the Packers did not essentially wow with splashy performs early on, and so they struggled mightily to comprise David Montgomery as the sport wore on. They additionally by no means allowed Justin Fields to settle in as a passer, daring the conservative Bears to let their younger QB uncork it. Preston Smith headlined that group, coming off the sting. Jaire Alexander, in the meantime, sped throughout the whole subject to select off Fields within the closing minutes and put a bow on the sport.

Why the Bears misplaced

They used up all their juice on the primary drive. Matt Eberflus’ protection saved simply sufficient stress on Rodgers to provide Chicago an opportunity; even a 24-7 deficit didn’t seal their demise due to a well timed compelled fumble, as properly as three early sacks on A-Rod. But Fields’ unit slowed to a halt after a assured begin, averaging simply 4 yards per cross try into the fourth quarter. The Bears’ heavy dependence on the bottom sport was additionally bittersweet, as Fields, Khalil Herbert and a fresher-than-ever Montgomery (130+ complete yards) all ripped off essential runs, however by no means arrange an accompanying aerial assault. Fields, in actual fact, did not hit double-digit passing makes an attempt till the ultimate two minutes, which can or is probably not an indictment on the Bears’ belief in him (or lack thereof). Their decision-making additionally left a bit to be desired, as evidenced by their failed fourth-and-goal Shotgun QB draw, with an opportunity to make it a one-score sport within the fourth.

Turning level

You may level to any of Rodgers’ pinpoint third-down darts to Cobb, or Jones’ second TD of the evening, a sweeping “catch” that put Green Bay up 10 within the first half. But the Packers’ goal-line stand on a fourth-down Shotgun draw by Fields, with eight minutes left and the Bears threatening to make it a one-score sport, all however sealed the deal for Green Bay. Fields gave it his all on the play, and the one earlier than, during which he almost scrambled for a TD by extending to the pylon. And replay could have indicated Fields did, in actual fact, cross the objective line. Alas, the stuff saved the ball — and the sport — within the Packers’ arms.

Play of the Game

This wasn’t a big-play frenzy a la Dolphins-Ravens, however reasonably a grunt-work particular, which is why Rodgers’ late second-quarter rollout to hit Cobb for a primary down was so spectacular. Not solely did it showcase Rodgers nonetheless has sufficient in his legs to step up and transfer out of the pocket, nevertheless it helped prolong Green Bay’s first-half drive and arrange a 24-7 lead going into the break.

What’s subsequent

The Packers (1-1) will hit the street for a matchup with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers (2-0), who beat the Saints on Sunday and, beforehand, Green Bay within the 2020 NFC Championship. The Bears (1-1), in the meantime, will return house to host the Texans (0-1-1), who had been edged by the Broncos in Week 2.

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