Packers: Grades for Week 13 performance in win over Bears

Green Bay Packers, AJ Dillon (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, AJ Dillon (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Green Bay Packers still own the Chicago Bears. Even in a season where the Packers have struggled, they still swept their oldest rivals.

It might not do much for Green Bay’s playoff chances, but it’s always fun to get a win over Chicago.

Matt LaFleur remains undefeated against the Bears as a head coach, winning all eight games against them since 2019.

Here are the Packers’ Week 13 grades:

Packers offense: B

It took a while to get going for Green Bay’s offense. The team had only scored 10 points at the end of the third quarter.

But success came late on. AJ Dillon and Christian Watson scored fourth-quarter touchdowns, with the team also converting a field goal.

Watson’s incredible run continues. He had 94 total yards and two touchdowns in the game. He now has eight touchdowns over the past four games.

AJ Dillon played well, rushing 18 times for 93 yards and a touchdown.

Packers defense: B+

When Justin Fields rushed for a 55-yard touchdown to give the Bears a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, you could be forgiven for fearing the worst. Same old, same old from Green Bay’s defense.

However, the defense fought back.

Rasul Douglas forced a fumble then Jaire Alexander and Keisean Nixon came up with interceptions in the second half.

Anytime you can hold a team to 19 points and force three turnovers on the road, it’s a job well done.

Packers special teams: A

While not a perfect day for the special teams, there were plenty of positives.

Early in the fourth quarter with the Packers down by two points, Dean Lowry blocked a Bears field goal attempt, keeping the game close.

Keisean Nixon averaged 25.5 yards per kick return with a long of 35. Mason Crosby converted all four of his kicks, while Pat O’Donnell averaged a solid 44.7 yards per punt with a long of 52.

Green Bay did struggle somewhat on kick and punt coverage, allowing a kick return of 42 yards and a punt return of 18.