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Week 2 Grades: Packers Beat Bears

After a dismal performance against the Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers bounced back with a strong running game and excellent pass defense.
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GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers, with Matt LaFleur at the helm, beat the Chicago Bears on Sunday night. In other news, water is wet, grass is green and grocery prices are ridiculous.

LaFleur is 7-0 against the Bears.

Aaron Rodgers is 23-5 against the Bears.

Green Bay has won 14 consecutive home games in regular-season play and 13 straight in primetime.

LaFleur improved his regular-season record to 40-11. Only Paul Brown (47) and Chuck Knox (50) needed fewer games to record win No. 40. The key has been avoiding back-to-back losses. LaFleur’s cliché’ “hit the reset button” works. The Packers have not dropped consecutive regular-season games in the same season under LaFleur.

“It feels great to win again,” he said. “It’s hard in this league. But I think it speaks to our players, our coaches, just the mind-set that we have here. You’ve got to ride the wave. Handling success is a big hurdle, just like handling failure and you’ve got to constantly learn and be resilient and just take it one game at, a time, one day at a time, just try to perform to the best of your ability each and every day. It’s a credit to those guys in the locker room that really truly buy into that mentality.”

The Packers bounced back because their offense, especially on the ground, was much better than it was vs. the Vikings, and their pass defense eliminated the mental errors that plagued them against Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson.

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“This was better than Week 1,” Rodgers said, “but we’ve got to be better than this if we want to compete with Tampa.”

Before we hit the reset button, here is our Week 2 report card.


Packers 27, Bears 10

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Aaron Jones can’t be stopped (with Jones photo gallery)

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