The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Win of the Green Bay Packers over the Chicago Bears

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Win of the Green Bay Packers over the Chicago Bears

Twelve months ago, the Green Bay Packers performed horrendously in their first week and were directed by New Orleans, 38-3. The Hazmons responded with a 35-17 win over Detroit, racking up seven straight wins and eventually earning the NFC #1 seed.

This year, Green Bay was almost intimidating in Week 1 when they lost to Minnesota, 23-7. Following a similar script, the Packers rebounded 27-10 over Chicago on Sunday night.

It remains to be seen if these packers are able to ignite as the 2021 squad did. Despite this, One Night Green Bay gave its loyal cause for hope.

Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly from Green Bay’s victory.

The good

Aaron Jones: Green Bay’s explosive run-back had just five gigs in the first week, and everyone inside 1265 Lombardy Avenue insisted that wasn’t enough.

Jones showed why on Sunday, when he was the best player on the field.

Jones carried 15 times for 132 yards ā€” averaging a whopping 8.8 yards per lunge ā€” and had 15 touchdown yards. Jones also had three passes for 38 yards and had an 8-yard touchdown reception.

“I’m not disappointed,” Jones said after Green Bay’s Week 1 loss to Minnesota. “I do what I can when my number is called and make the most of every opportunity I have.”

On Sunday, Jones got plenty of opportunities – and he made the most of them.

Aaron Rodgers: The main “owner” of the bears returned on Sunday, tormenting his rivals from the south.

Rodgers completed 19 of 25 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns. He completed 14 consecutive high passes and finished with a midfielder rating of 131.1.

Rodgers was particularly good in the first half when he completed 13 of 19 passes for 164 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Rodgers is now an impressive 24-5 against Chicago since becoming a Green Bay player in 2008. At the time, the Bears were up 90-79-6 in the series. Today, beams carry bullets 104-95-6.

Along the way, here are some other signs Rodgers has hit:

ā€¢ Rodgers won seven consecutive games against Chicago and 11 of 12.

ā€¢ Rodgers scored a pass rating over 100 times 15 times against the Bears and the Packers won 15-0 in those contests.

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ā€¢ Rodgers threw 63 touchdowns against Chicago, more than any quarterback in history against the Bears.

ā€¢ Rodgers went seven games in a row unchallenged against Chicago (at least 15 attempts), the longest streak ever against Chicago.

ā€¢ Rodgers has recorded passing ratings of 128.0, 132.2, 147.9, 141.1 and 131.1 against the Bears in his last five games. He now has 11 games with a passing rating of at least 125.0 against Chicago, the most number of quarterbacks against a single opponent.

In October 2021, Rodgers capped the match-deciding trip in Chicago with a 6-yard run. Then he ran near the stands, found some teasers and shouted, ā€œI have owned you all my life (that you sleep)! I own you! I still have you!ā€

That certainly didn’t change on Sunday night.

Elton Jenkins: Less than 10 months after the All-Pro Packers tore his ACL, he’s back on the court.

Jenkins kicked off the right tackle, which sent Royce Newman to the right keeper and Jake Hanson off the bench.

Jenkins’ return is a major boost to Green Bay’s offensive line that continues to operate without left-wing David Bakhtiari.

In 2020, Jenkins played 828 shots at the left goalkeeper, 97 in the middle, 32 on the right tackle and 27 on the left tackle. He handled every task with self-confidence and was selected for the first time in the Pro Bowl.

Jenkins became the first Green Bay offensive lineman to start a guard, center and tackle game in the same season since the 1970 merger. In the 733 pass blocking shots, Jenkins allowed only one sack.

In 2021 with Bakhtiari sidelined, Jenkins only allowed two rounds in 496 times in the most demanding left tackle position.

This summer, Jenkins was taken off the list of physically unable to perform midway through training camp. He returned to the field in the second week.

“Definitely when you have a player of Elgton caliber that frees you up and gives you a lot of flexibility to put the top five players out there,” Packers coach Matt Lafleur said.

Big Exit: Chicago fell, 24-10, when it walked into the Packers line 1 yard halfway through the fourth quarter. For fourth and goal, the Bears lined up in a rifle and invited Justin Fields to the quarterback.

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Fields fought inches from the goal line, but was blocked by Green Bay’s Preston Smith and Garan Reed. Chicago appealed the verdict, and replays showed that Fields may have slipped. But there was no conclusive evidence to call off, and Green Bay’s defense held out in one of the biggest plays of the night.

Respected Special Teams: When Chicago came to Green Bay in Week 14 last season, their Packers teams had one of the most embarrassing nights in franchise history. Among the fatal errors:

ā€¢ Chicago’s Jakim Grant gambled 97 yards back for the touchdown.

ā€¢ Bears Khalil Herbert averaged 41.0 yards per comeback in his two attempts in the first half.

ā€¢ Chicago finished the first half with 213 yards in special teams, while the Packers had 19 yards.

ā€¢ The Packers wide players failed Marques Valdes-Scantling to save a side kick late and Herbert of Chicago recovered.

On Sunday, the Packers held the Bears out to 23.0 yards per return kick and did not allow any return space for the boat. Green Bay’s Pat O’Donnell also averaged 61.0 yards per kick against his former team.

At worst, Green Bay got special teams. Given where the Packers were a year ago, that equates to a win.

This and that: Green Bay saw 26 first touchdowns, while the Bears had only 11. The Packers also held a 414-228 advantage in aggregate yards and 66-41 an advantage in aggregate plays. …Sammy Watkins had a big game with three receptions for 93 yards. …Outside linebacker Preston Smith had two tackles, while linebacker Rashaan Gary had a sack and two tackles for a loss.


Opening drives

One week after a Minnesota run of 78 yards in 10 plays to land in its opening drive, the Bears went 71 yards in seven plays for TD on their first possession.

Chicago running back David Montgomery had four carts for 38 yards in the rally, and quarterback Justin Fields hit Equanimeous St. Brown for 30 yards on a flea flash. The marching fields then culminated in a 3-yard landing run.

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Accelerated Defense: The Bears ran into the wild against Green Bay, and rushed 180 yards on 27 chariots.

Underrated David Montgomery spent a massive night with 15 holders for 122 yards. Fields also ran for 20 yards and downhill.

The Packers’ accelerating defense has been a problem for years now, and it continues to be an issue.

FUMBLE-ITIS: The Hazmons were exposed to two allergies in the third quarter and lost one of them.

Aaron Rodgers fumbled when handed to AJ Dillon nine minutes before the end of the quarter and the loose ball was recovered by Bears defensive line Mike Pennell, former Packer’s player.

Then in the late third quarter, a throwing rifle was struck by Josh Myers in the middle of Green Bay, Christian Watson, who was moving in the play. The ball rushed back and Dillon recovered, but Green Bay lost 13 yards in the play.


David Bakhtiari: The Packers’ All-Pro left tackles suffered a ruptured ACL during practice on December 31, 2020. That was 626 days ago.

Many expected Bakhtiari to return in the opening match at home on Sunday. But that didn’t happen – and this bizarre story is getting even weirder.

Bakhtiari has undergone at least three operations on his knee since his injury. He returned in Week 18, 2021, against Detroit, but was unable to play two weeks later when the Packers lost to San Francisco in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.

Bakhtiari practiced on Wednesday and Friday this week and is listed as questionable. But the Packers decided he wasn’t ready to play at home against a mediocre defense.

Next week, the Packers head to Tampa Bay, which has one of the NFL’s best defenses and a handful of elite passes. Was Green Bay jogging Bakhtiari for the first time in 10 months against a defense of this level?

That remains to be a sight. For now, however, Bakhtiari’s story continues.

“Oh, it’s a nightmare,” Bakhtiari said during his training camp. “My nightmare is that I have to live and I don’t know how many days I’ve had, but I’m just excited to wake up one day.”

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