Stock up, stock down for Packers after Week 2 win over Bears

Green Bay Packers, Sammy Watkins (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Sammy Watkins (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Green Bay Packers, Preston Smith (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Stock up: Preston Smith

Preston Smith’s impressive start to the season continued on Sunday night as he absolutely dominated the Bears’ offensive line. With two sacks, two tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, and a team-best seven tackles, Smith put in perhaps his best performance for the Packers.

The Bears didn’t attempt to pass all that often, but when they did, they rarely found success. Smith was one of the main reasons why, regularly getting pressure on quarterback Justin Fields.

We’re only two games into the season, but Smith has been playing at a Pro Bowl level so far in 2022.

Stock up: Special teams

Are the bad days over for the Packers’ special teams? We shouldn’t speak too soon, but it was another encouraging performance. While the Packers are hardly dominant on special teams, they are also not making many mistakes. Consider that a major improvement.

Punter Pat O’Donnell played well against his former team, averaging 61 yards on his two punts, pinning the Bears inside the 20-yard line on one occasion.

The field goal unit was effective, with Mason Crosby converting all five of his kicks. He has been perfect so far in 2022.

Amari Rodgers had a 24-yard kick return and a 20-yard punt return — a solid performance.

Overall, the Packers played well on special teams.

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