The Green Bay Packers still own the Chicago Bears. Aaron Rodgers is gone, but the Packers' new-look team dominated the Bears at Soldier Field, beating their oldest rivals 38-20.
Entering a road divisional game without their top wide receiver, the Packers knew it wouldn't be easy. But Matt LaFleur couldn't have dreamed of a better start to life without Aaron Rodgers, watching his team crush a division rival on the road, especially after so much trash talk from Bears players leading up to the game.
What did we learn from the Packers' dominant performance in Week 1? Here are seven important takeaways from the game.
7. Anders Carlson steps up on Packers debut
Huge credit goes to rookie kicker Anders Carlson. He had a tough summer, struggling for consistency at training camp and in the preseason. He displayed power on his kicks, but couldn't do it regularly enough.
He saved his best for the biggest stage. Carlson played like a veteran, converting all six of his kicks, including a 52-yard field goal that would've been good from the moon.
The Packers have kept faith in their rookie kicker, and he played with confidence on Sunday. The biggest compliment we can give him is that some Packers fans may not realize Mason Crosby is no longer on the team.