7 biggest takeaways from Packers’ win over Bears in Week 2
Sammy Watkins steps up
This is the Sammy Watkins the Packers wanted to see when they signed him this offseason.
The Packers leaned on the run game all night long, but they needed some big plays in the passing game. Watkins provided that.
The veteran wide receiver made three catches for a game-high 93 yards, averaging 31 yards per reception.
His best play of the night was a 55-yard reception in the fourth quarter. Watkins ran a great route and used his speed to get wide open in the middle of the field.
This was only Watkins’ second game with Aaron Rodgers. Their connection will grow as the year goes on and they get more regular season reps. But this game shows the potential of the two working together.
Green Bay leaned heavily on the ground game. When opportunities come up to throw deep, they need to take advantage. In Watkins, the Packers have a player capable of getting open and creating big plays like this.
Watkins might not lead the Packers in receptions this season, but he doesn’t need to. As he builds chemistry with Rodgers, he can become a go-to target in key situations, while also regularly providing big plays like we saw on Sunday night.