And a big reason is because of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Big surprise, right?
In the first half, Rodgers stayed away from Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson.
Instead, he attacked Chicago rookie cornerback Kyler Gordon, a second draft selection by the Bears earlier this spring.
Rodgers targeted Johnson zero times in the first half. Gordon, however, was targeted 10 times (he allowed seven receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown).
The Packers offense avoided Jaylon Johnson's left side of the field (98% RCB) in the first half in both the pass AND run game…— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) September 19, 2022
🔹 Johnson has not been targeted; Slot CB Gordon has 10 targets, 7 rec allowed, 99 yards & TD
🔹 Runs to Right: 71% (12 of 17)#CHIvsGB | #GoPackGo
There’s a reason why Rodgers is a future first-ballot Hall of Famer.
And it’s not just because of his physical skills (though that’s obviously a big reason, too).
Rodgers is a smart quarterback who knows how to exploit defenses. He knows the Bears have a lot of youth and he used that to his advantage in the first half.
As long as Rodgers is in Green Bay, the Packers are going to be one of the toughest teams in the NFL to beat.
Chicago should know that as well as any team in the NFL. But if they forgot, they got a reminder in the first half on Sunday.
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