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Twenty-four wins and counting.

The Green Bay Packers continued their dominance of the Chicago Bears in the Aaron Rodgers era with a 27-10 victory Sunday night.

 

It was a much-needed rebound win for this team after the hellfire that was this squad’s Week 1 performance. With some confidence on their side, the Green Bay Packers travel to Tampa Bay, where Rodgers has struggled, to face Tom Brady and company.

Here are my three reactions from Week 2.

There’s the offense!

Supported by a bounce-back performance from Joe Barry’s defense, the Green Bay Packers offense racked up 24 first-half points and made some key plays to seal the franchise’s first win of the 2022 campaign. 

There’s always room for improvement and that showed Sunday night when this unit tallied just three second-half points — a 28-yard field goal from Mason Crosby in the fourth quarter that put the finishing touches on Green Bay’s victory. Prior to that, Green Bay’s other second-half drives ended with a fumble and punt, respectively. 

Yes, the Packers were leading by more than a possession and had control of the game, but we may be having a different conversation if it wasn’t for the defense’s goal-line stand during the fourth quarter. We often saw the offense become stagnant during the second half in numerous games last season. 

Those seemed like one-sided contests for most of the game until about the fourth quarter and quite honestly, most of these games had no business being as close as they were and at times put the defense in a tough spot with the game on the line. 

I know we’re only at Week 3, but this is something to keep an eye on. On the flip side, it was refreshing to see this offense click with a solid game from Aaron Jones and Rodgers finding some chemistry with his receivers (aside from some low passes early on). 

 

This offense can become even more dangerous the more Dillon and Jones are on the field together. Christian Watson being utilized with jet motion was also exciting to see. There’s a lot of potential with this group and more room to grow now that they have a quality game under their belt.

Never sleep on Aaron Jones

Just when you think A.J. Dillon could be assuming the team’s lead running back role, Aaron Jones always seems to bounce back and remind everyone who he is and what he’s capable of. 

 

Jones’ running ability between the tackles often gets overshadowed by Dillon’s massive quads and bruiser-like running style. Dillon was the star last week in the backfield, but Jones showed why he and Dillon are both running back No. 1 with his 15-carry, 132-yard (8.8 yards per carry) and two-touchdown night (one rushing, one receiving) against Chicago. 

There’s no doubt about it, Jones is still a critical piece to this offense. He’s a big-time weapon, which is exactly why the Green Bay Packers extended him during the 2021 offseason. 

After accumulating 49 yards on five carries (9.8 yards per carry) and just eight total touches last week, it was clear that Matt LaFleur needed to get both Jones and Dillon more carries and that’s exactly what happened. Jones had 18 touches against the Bears, while Dillon had 19 (up from his 15 against the Vikings).

Give these two opportunities and good things will happen.

An opportunity for a statement win awaits

It’s never too early for a statement win and for this Green Bay Packers team, it could pay dividends. 

Raymond James Stadium hasn’t exactly been kind to Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

 

The Green Bay Packers are just 2-8 against the Buccaneers in their last 10 games at Tampa Bay dating back to 1998 — the stadium’s inaugural season. You should also never count out a Tom Brady-led team no matter who’s playing for Tampa Bay come Sunday. This offense will also have its hands full with a Tampa defense that forced five turnovers this past Sunday against the Saints, which included a pick-six.

Winning against a team that has caused the fanbase lots of pain and frustration may be what the Green Bay Packers need to boost them into a groove similar to last year’s seven-game win streak after the Week 1 loss to the Saints.

It’s without a doubt a tall order, but a team aiming to raise the Lombardi Trophy, despite its growing pains, in February has to learn how to win these big-time games to get where they want to go.

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