Packers prove they can win without Christian Watson

The Packers moved the ball against the Bears even without their star wide receiver.
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There was some cause for concern for the Green Bay Packers passing game as they entered their Week 1 matchup in Chicago to take on the Bears. The Jordan Love era was set to begin without one of his top targets in Christian Watson, which could have proved problematic for Green Bay's passing attack.

Even without Watson, Love was still able to spread the ball around to multiple receivers, as Green Bay continued its dominance over Chicago with a 38-20 win at Soldier Field Sunday afternoon.

Love completed passes to six different receivers Sunday. Romeo Doubs (4), Luke Musgrave (3), Aaron Jones (2), Jayden Reed (2), Samori Toure (2), and AJ Dillon (2) picked up the slack in Watson's absence. Dontayion Wicks (2) and Malik Heath (1) were also targeted in the contest but did not complete a catch.

Doubs hauled in two of Love's three touchdown passes while Jones accounted for the other on a 35-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter, extending Green Bay's lead to three scores.

Matt LaFleur's scheme helps Jordan Love in Packers season opener

This is the beauty of the offensive game plan of Packers head coach Matt LaFleur. It is about scheming players open and not necessarily the players themselves. Having Doubs certainly helped Love's cause, but the volume of players involved in their passing game cannot go unnoticed.

The collective effort through the air should continue as the season progresses, with Love working to find the open man and not force-feeding one or two particular targets repeatedly.

It was not a perfect day for Love as he completed just 55.6% of his passes on the day. This can be chalked up to jitters and general nervousness due to taking over the reins at the most important position in football for such a prestigious franchise.

Expect Love's completion rate to improve as he grows more comfortable in his new role and develops in-game chemistry with his targets in the passing game.

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