It’s only Week 1, but Green Bay Packers fans have to be feeling really good right now. In a game that was supposed to be another close Packers vs Bears rivalry matchup, Green Bay manhandled Chicago in the second half. The Packers outscored the Bears, 28-7, through the final quarter and a half to pick up the first win in the Jordan Love era.
Both sides of the ball were dominant for stretches of the game, and the boobirds were raining down early at Soldier Field. With the win, the Packers should have all the confidence in the world going into a Week 2 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.
Packers Dominate Bears, 38-20 | Packers vs Bears Recap
Jordan Love Looks Confident
The biggest question in Green Bay since the departure of Aaron Rodgers was what the Packers had in quarterback Jordan Love. Although he wasn’t perfect in the Packers vs Bears game, he made play after play in key moments. This was a big reason the Packers were able to cruise late.
Jordan Love finished the day 15/27 with 245 yards and three touchdowns. Although that completion percentage may not be what Packers fans are used to with Aaron Rodgers, Love was 7/9 on third and fourth down, including a 35-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Jones midway through the third quarter. The only knock on the offense was the lack of usage of Aaron Jones by Matt LaFleur in the first half.
Offensive Grade: A-
Defensive Line Dials Up the Pressure
It’s no secret that the Packers and their fans were running out of patience with Joe Barry’s lack of success with a defense with so many first-round pick investments. The defensive line that has at times looked lost outside of Kenny Clark was able to drive into Justin Fields’ lap most of the game.
Although Fields was able to get loose more times than they’d like, they absolutely shut him down in the second half. They forced him into multiple bad throws, including a 37-yard pick-six to linebacker Quay Walker. The Bears are nowhere near the best offense in the league, and the Packers will be tested much more in the coming weeks, but the defense certainly passed their first test.
Defensive Grade: A-
Green Bay Packers vs Atlanta Falcons Preview
Before they open up the season at Lambeau Field, the Green Bay Packers have to go to Georgia to face off with the Atlanta Falcons. It’ll be a massive test for the Packers’ defensive front, as the Falcons have one of the best offensive lines in the entire NFL. Along with a solid offensive line, the Falcons also have a ton of young talent in tight end Kyle Pitts, receiver Drake London and rookie running back Bijan Robinson.
For as much talent as the Falcons have on offense, the Packers should be able to take advantage of quarterback Desmond Ridder. The second-year quarterback struggled mightily in Week 1, throwing for just 118 yards. If the Packers can make him feel pressure, their secondary should be able to take advantage.