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Packers defeat Bears behind Aaron Jones, strong running game

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers finally revealed their new makeup for the 2022 season. It just took a week longer than expected.

A week after losing a flat opener, the Packers established their identity in a 27-10 win against the Chicago Bears. The Packers were more physical than their NFC North rival on both sides of the ball.

It took a slow start to get rolling. The Bears marched 71 yards on an opening touchdown drive, taking a 7-3 lead in the first quarter. After that, the Packers rattled off 21 straight first-half points, giving them a comfortable lead.

The Packers needed to win Sunday night, putting last week’s stinker of an opening loss to the Minnesota Vikings behind them before a tough Week 3 trip to the 2-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They might have learned some things about themselves along the way.

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This is not your Davante Adams, Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings or Donald Driver offense. It’s been a long time since the Packers’ best playmaker was a running back, not a receiver. Save for 2015, when Nelson tore his ACL and Eddie Lacy was still in his young prime, it hasn’t happened since Aaron Rodgers became the starting quarterback in 2008. The biggest difference Sunday night was simple: Matt LaFleur made much more of an effort to give the football to his best playmaker. Jones had just eight touches last week, and they were productive with 76 yards (9.5 average). He had more than eight touches in the first half alone Sunday, finishing with 15 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown. Jones added three catches for 38 yards and a touchdown. The Packers will need to be judicious with Jones in the first half of the season – AJ Dillon also had 15 carries for 50 yards – and not wear him out before December. As many times as possible, they need Jones leading the way like he did Sunday night.

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Publish date : 2022-09-19 03:30:16

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