Packers vs. Bruins win, takeaways: Aaron Jones goes wild as Green Bay rolls past Bruins at Lambeau Field – CBS Sports

Packers vs. Bruins win, takeaways: Aaron Jones goes wild as Green Bay rolls past Bruins at Lambeau Field - CBS Sports

It wasn’t a perfect game for the Packers, but Sunday night’s prime-time matchup with the Bruins was a marked improvement from Week 1 for Green Bay. Not only was Aaron Rodgers more productive spreading the ball around to his improvised receiving corps, but Matt LaFleur successfully unlocked his dynamic backfield duo, with Aaron Jones especially breaking out as the centerpiece of the green and yellow attack. Despite a few fumbles, the Packers left Week 2 with a win firmly in hand, edging past Justin Fields and the Bruins with a 27-10 decision that puts them back at .500 in the NFC North.

Here are some “Sunday Night Football” instant takeaways:

Why the packers won

Unable to consistently push the ball downfield due to a lack of elite weapons out wide, Green Bay instead wisely pivoted to a balanced attack with Jones as the focal point. The dual threat delivered, turning average plays into elusive gains on nearly every drive, to the tune of 170 scrimmage yards. Rodgers played his quieter role nicely, firing mostly quick short-area strikes, with Randall Cobb in particular stepping up on key downs. Sammy Watkins also showed up, including with a fourth-quarter deep shot that nearly iced the win. The offense did have its setbacks, inviting Bears momentum with some palpitating snaps/hands, but always felt in control after its first touchdown drive.

Defensively, the Packers didn’t necessarily wow with splash plays early, and they struggled mightily to contain David Montgomery as the game wore on. They also never allowed Justin Fields to settle in as a passer, daring the conservative Bruins to let their young QB derail it. Preston Smith highlighted that group, coming off the edge. Jaire Alexander, meanwhile, rushed across the field to pick off Fields in the closing minutes and put a bow on the game.

Why the Bruins lost

They used up all their juice on the first drive. Matt Eberflus’ defense kept just enough pressure on Rodgers to give Chicago a chance; even a 24-7 deficit didn’t seal their demise due to a timely forced fumble, as well as three early sacks on A-Rod. But Fields’ unit slowed to a halt after a confident start, averaging just 4 yards per pass attempt into the fourth quarter. The Bruins’ heavy reliance on the ground game was also bittersweet, as Fields, Khalil Herbert and a fresher-than-ever Montgomery (130+ total yards) all ripped off big runs, but never mounted an accompanying air attack. Fields, in fact, didn’t hit double-digit pass attempts until the final two minutes, which may or may not be an indictment on the Bears’ faith in him (or lack thereof). Their decision making also left a little to be desired, as evidenced by their failed fourth-and-goal Shotgun QB draw, with a chance to make it a one-score game in the fourth.

Turning point

You could point to any of Rodgers’ third-down darts to Cobb, or Jones’ second TD of the night, a wide-open “catch” that put Green Bay up 10 in the first half. But the Packers’ goal-line stand on a fourth-down Shotgun draw by Fields, with eight minutes left and the Bears threatening to make it a one-score game, all but sealed the deal for Green Bay. Fields gave it his all on the play, and the one before, in which he almost scrambled for a TD while reaching for the pylon. And a replay might have indicated that Fields had, in fact, crossed the goal line. Alas, the stuff kept the ball — and the game — in the Packers’ hands.

Game of the Game

This wasn’t a huge Dolphins-Ravens frenzy, but rather a grunt-work special, which is why Rodgers’ late second-quarter throw to hit Cobb for a first down was so impressive. Not only did it show that Rodgers still has enough in his legs to step up and move out of the pocket, but it helped extend Green Bay’s first-half drive and establish a 24-7 lead going into the break.

What follows

The Packers (1-1) will hit the road for a matchup with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers (2-0), who defeated the Saints on Sunday and, previously, Green Bay in the 2020 NFC Championship. The Bruins (1-1), meanwhile, will return home to host the Texans (0-1-1), who were swept by the Broncos in Week 2.

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