The Packers beat the Bears 27-10 on Sunday night. After a week of panic by many over the week 1 loss. The Packers got back on track with a win. Here are 3 takeaways from the Packers victory over the Bears.
The Aaron Jones Show
After only getting 8 touches last week, Matt LaFleur vowed Jones would get more touches. LaFleur stayed true to his word. Aaron Jones was clearly the focal point of the offense. He racked up 132 yards on 15 touches and added 38 receiving yards. Jones looks great running the ball. He ran with purpose and often gained 8-10 yards. This kept Green Bay ahead of the sticks. The rest of the playbook could open up. One of the huge takeaways from the Packers victory over the Bears is that Aaron Jones should be the focal point of every game plan.
Defense Was Good Not Great
The opening drive was horrendous as the Packers gave up a touchdown. Then the Packers did not give up a first down until the 3rd quarter. The defense swarmed Fields and created negative plays on almost every drive. Then, up 24-10 the defense started to cave again. The Bears ran the ball down their throats. They didn’t throw a pass on the drive as David Montgomery kept getting chunks of yards. It was only a goal line stand (that I honestly think the Packers got a little lucky on) that kept the drive from getting no points. Overall it was a good performance but one of the takeaways is the defense has a lot of room to improve.
Returning Starters Made The Difference
Elgton Jenkins and Allen Lazard were both back in this game. This made all of the difference. The offensive line looked more comfortable and confident. The right side of the line, which had been a problem, looked really stable. Having Lazard back also made a huge difference. While his stat line was not huge, Rodgers looked his way on a couple of big downs. Last week, it felt like the Packers were playing with one hand tied behind their back. This week, the Packers looked like they were playing more at full strength and that made all the diffference.
The Packers sit at 1-1 with a trip to Tampa Bay next week. Winning this game takes some of the pressure off that game. Hopefully the coaching staff can find more takeaways from the Packers victory over the Bears and keep the momentum going. The sky is no longer falling but now the challenge is to keep playing at a high level.
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