The Green Bay Packers advanced to 5-1 on the season with a 24-14 win over the NFC North division-rival Chicago Bears. That marks the fifth straight win for Green Bay who has continued to win ugly after an unexpected week one loss.
Overall, the Packers’ defense turned in one of their best efforts, holding the Bears to just 277 total yards of offense. The Packers’ offense simply wore the Bears’ defense down with their methodical and efficient run game. The pairing of Aaron Jones/AJ Dillon would combine for an efficient 135 yards on the ground on just 24 carries.
So, without further ado, here are my five main takeaways from the week six win over Chicago.
Aaron Rodgers does in fact own the Bears
For his career, Aaron Rodgers is now 21-5 against Chicago with 6,208 career passing yards and 57 touchdowns/10 interceptions. It’s been complete and utter dominance over the lowly Chicago Bears throughout the Aaron Rodgers era. It’s almost to the point where it’s getting sad… almost.
This wasn’t 12’s biggest performance by any means but he was efficient and delivered the dagger late in the game. Death, taxes, and Aaron Rodgers owning the Bears are the only certainties in this life.
Aaron Jones was worth the money
In the off-season it was quite the debate whether or not the Packers should offer Aaron Jones a contract extension. He would eventually ink a four-year, $48 million contract in a move that proved to be an all-in decision for the Packers.
Green Bay is proving that it’s worth it to pay running backs when you utilize them as all-purpose weapons like Matt LaFleur does.
Despite his size (5-foot-9, 200 lbs) Aaron Jones gained more than half of his 76 yards after contact against one of the better defensive fronts in the NFL, while adding four catches for 34 yards. Not to mention, Jones was also great in pass protection on Sunday.
Aaron Jones has elite-level contact balance and body control. He’s a truly special talent that was 100% worth the money given the team’s commitment to utilizing his unique skill-set.
Royce Newman’s starting days may be numbered
Ole Miss rookie Royce Newman struggled through another start on Sunday. Chicago does have one of the best defensive lines in the league but he just looked outmatched. Newman wasn’t able to hold his blocks or move anyone in the run game.
He’s not been a complete liability by any means, but the lack of improvement certainly leaves the Packers with some tough decisions when David Bakhtiari returns. Jon Runyan has looked like the more effective player thus far, so it wouldn’t be inconceivable to see him move to right guard when the line gets healthy.
Kenny Clark was phenomenal
Kenny Clark’s greatness can often go unnoticed due to his tendency of doing the dirty work to free up others to make splash plays. On Sunday he would finally get the recognition he deserved by registering two sacks late in the fourth quarter, essentially ending any hope of a Chicago comeback.
His strength and quickness is so impressive for the position and vital to the defense’s success. He’s been irreplaceable thus far.
Corey Bojorquez continues to be a bright spot on special teams
Another week, another piss poor showing from the coverage and return units. It’s getting to the point that failure is an expectation at this point.
However, punter Corey Bojorquez continued to overshadow their shortcomings by launching an 82-yard bomb late in the third quarter that would prove to be a significant play in the game. His punt would become the second-longest in team history.
Corey Bojorquez has continued to make a significant impact for the Packers’ special teams units.