The Green Bay Packers returning home to Lambeau for a clash with the Chicago Bears, was the perfect bounce back opportunity. Boy did they ever bounce back, with a dominant 27-10 victory.
The return of right tackle Elgton Jenkins and wide receiver Allen Lazard, can’t be understated. Pass protection and run blocking significantly improved as a result. Aaron Rodgers went 19-of-25 for 234 yards and 2 TDs. Aaron Jones, who ran angry after Week 1’s 8 touch debacle, rushed for 132 yards on 15 carries, and 1 TD, and caught 3 balls for 38 yards and another TD. Combined with A.J. Dillon’s efforts, Green Bay’s backs had 33 touches for 237 yards and 2 scores.
Chicago quickly answered the opening drive field goal by Green Bay, with a 71 yard TD drive, to take their only lead of the night. After that opening drive, the Packers defense didn’t allow a first down or points until the third quarter. Despite David Montgomery gashing the run defense to the tune of 122 yards rushing, Green Bay’s defense showed a stretch of dominance, reminiscent of last season’s Top 10 unit. Certainly a welcome sight.
Matt LaFleur’s vision for this team, was on full display Sunday night. The running backs were featured heavily, the passing game was complimentary, and the defense was, at times, dominant. (Special teams wasn’t bad, either. Work in progress.) They’ll need to continue this script against a tough Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad in Week 3. Enjoy the win and get back to work.