5 takeaways from the Packers’ victory over the Bears

GREEN BAY – The Packers knocked off the archrival Bears, 27-10 on Sunday night at Lambeau Field to even their record at 1-1.

Here are five takeaways from the triumph:

1. Matt LaFleur delivered on his promise.

After the Week 1 loss at Minnesota, the Packers’ head coach talked about getting the ball more to running back Aaron Jones, and to backfield mate AJ Dillon as well. Mission accomplished.

The two backs touched the ball a combined 37 times (33 rushes, four receptions) for 237 yards (193 rushing, 44 receiving), with Jones doing the bulk of the damage and scoring two touchdowns.

Jones regularly made Chicago tacklers miss en route to 132 rushing yards and a TD on 15 carries, and he added three catches for 38 yards and another score on a flip pass off jet motion. Jones’ 18 touches more than doubled last week’s eight, yet the team captain never complained and just got ready for whatever workload was coming his way.

“Aaron Jones man, he was absolutely electric,” LaFleur said. “Every time I’d think he was going down he’d somehow find a way to squirt his way through. And he’s just a hell of a competitor and he’s a guy that just embodies everything that you want in a football player – the way he works, how selfless he is, how he cheers for his teammates, how he supports his teammates. They don’t make many like this guy.”

2. The offense was close to as good as it could be in the first half.

The opening drive stalled and only produced a field goal, and there was one three-and-out mixed in during the second quarter. But touchdown drives of 75, 54 and 67 yards put the Packers in command, up 24-7 at intermission.

One of those scoring drives included converting on second-and-28 in two plays, and then two snaps later finding the end zone for the first two-score lead of the night.

“You could argue that might’ve been the most pivotal play in the game,” LaFleur said of the wide receiver screen on second-and-28 to rookie Romeo Doubs, which picked up 20 yards and gave the Packers a chance to keep the drive going. Randall Cobb came out of the backfield to catch a third-down pass to move the chains, and the Packers kept the momentum.

For the game, quarterback Aaron Rodgers wound up an efficient 19-of-25 for 234 yards with two TDs and a 131.1 passer rating, completing throws to eight different pass-catchers.

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