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Up: Aaron Jones Versus the Chicago Bears

Aaron Jones went for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns versus the rival Chicago Bears.

The Green Bay Packers were led by the terrific Aaron Jones versus the Bears to secure their first victory of the season. The Packers looked much sharper across the board than they did in the week one loss to Minnesota. Here are the players trending up and down for the Green and Gold. 

Up: Aaron Jones

What a Sunday night for Aaron Jones versus the Bears, and what a special career 33 is building as a Packer. There is a long and rich history of Packer rushers, and Jones is solidifying himself amongst the greats.

Jones averaged 8.8 yards on his 15 rushes, adding 3 catches for 38 additional yards. It was clear that head coach Matt LaFleur emphasized Jones a week after the star back received only 8 touches.  

The Packers ran a good deal of a two-back formation with AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones versus the Bears, and it worked. Aaron Rodgers has mentioned the need to have the Packers best 11 offensive players on the field in key situations, and on Sunday night Dillon and Jones once again proved to be two of the Packers best. 

Dillon was extremely solid against Chicago, but a miscommunication fumble with Aaron Rodgers and less efficiency than normal lessened his individual grade slightly. Dillon did levy a huge lead block on Chicago’s Roquan Smith that allowed for the second touchdown of the night for Aaron Jones versus the Bears.

Down/Up: Run Defense 

The Packers defense showed up for a majority of this game but did show some lapses against the Bears rushing attack. David Montgomery was able to gash the Packers for 122 yards, much of it coming on two different drives for the Chicago offense. 

The Packers were able to contain Justin Fields from using his legs to hurt them. Rookie linebacker Quay Walker was an effective spy on Fields and built on a successful debut last week with another promising outing. The most important stand came late in the game, as the Packers defense stifled Fields on fourth-and-goal with inches to gain.

 

Up: Elton Jenkins

With the injury to David Bakhtiari, Jenkins’ presence becomes even more critical. The right tackle was dominant against the Bears, both in the pass-and-run game. Jenkins is a foundational piece for the Packers moving forward and was excellent in his return from injury. 

Down: Christian Watson

Watson secured 3 catches for a paltry 9 yards in his second game as a Packer. The second-round pick was used in motion for the Green Bay offence and was hit by a snap causing a fumble that was recovered by Green Bay. Watson has made rookie mistakes but does still show great athleticism. If Rodgers can shape him, Watson has explosive play-making potential. 

While the rookies still have work to do, veterans Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, and Sammy Watkins were very solid, combining for 8 catches, 143 yards, and a Lazard touchdown. The trio made clutch plays all game long and were key in making downfield blocks for AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones versus the Bears. 

Written by Joel Kananen

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