Green Bay, Wes. – Aaron Rodgers I didn’t need to play the lights. Green Bay Packers running their back Aaron Jones And the A.J. Dillon He took care of that in Sunday night’s win over the Chicago Bears.
That didn’t stop the midfielder from some self-reflection at the start of the season about his own efforts and about how much needed he might need to play this season.
The three-point second inning, in which Rodgers missed a delivery that faltered, left him wanting more after the Packers won 27-10 at Lambeau Field. But he wouldn’t have asked for much more than that from Jones and Dillon, who collected 237 yards.
“Tonight was really about 28 and 33, which got them on the football,” Rodgers said, referring to the numbers defending the linebacker with their jersey numbers. “I haven’t played great. I feel the stats look a little better than the game. The standard I set for myself is very high. I feel achievable, and I feel like my definition of success rests gently on my shoulder and my ego. But I did miss some throws that I should never have missed. And there were some Opportunities for more points.
Regretted the lack of a receiver Allen Lazard In the end zone in the first drive, which resulted in a field goal, also what Dillon called a “real ugly goal.”
“I have to play better and get ahead,” Rodgers said, before tilting the road in week three with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“This is going to be a really good football team in Tampa and they obviously expect to play in January. So, I’m going to keep improving and find a way to get these players to be confident and get the ball in certain places, but if we can run the ball like we did today, that’s It relieves a lot of the pressure we’d feel if we hadn’t rushed at 200 yards.”
Rodgers’ numbers – 19 of 25 for 234 yards, 2 touchdowns, no interceptions – were better than they had in his 23-7 Week 1 loss at the Minnesota Vikings. Without a well-established main receiver, he might have to act as he did on Sunday night – with no single receiver targeted more than four times and no more than three grabs, led Sammy WatkinsThree for 93 yards, followed by Randall CopeThree for 37 yards. Jones caught one of Rodgers landing on an 8-yard shovel, while Allen Lazard I caught the other on a 5-yard slope.
Rodgers may also have to accept that this offense has to function differently than in the past, when there was such a clear No. 1 receiver as Davant Adams. Rodgers’ 25 goals were distributed among nine different players.
“I think we’re going to have to,” Rodgers said. “The days of a 15-year-old guy and then the next guy getting four or five are kind of gone. We’re going to have to find ways to get different players to play football in different places. There are a lot of different plays for specific people. We had a package for Christian [Watson]. We had a package for romeo [Doubs]. There’s obviously a lot of plays for Sami and Allen’s comeback, which was pretty cool. Then a few wrinkles to [Cobb]; We put him on the field in third place. That’s kind of the way it’s going to go. Obviously, we had a lot of plays for 33 and 28.”
That head coach Matt LaFleur announced last week that this match would see a heavy dose of Jones and Dillon having combined touches of the ball 23 times against the Vikings that didn’t make them any less effective. Jones averaged 8.8 yards on 15 gigs, now has a season average of 9.0 yards per lunge, and is the third-best in the NFL behind him Dandrey Swift (10.0) and Lamar Jackson (9.1).
Return the correct treatment Elgton Jenkins10 months after rupturing his left anterior cruciate ligament, and Lazard’s debut after missing last week’s opening match with an ankle injury, also provided an emotional boost to the attack.
Perhaps the most pleasant surprise was Watkins, who had three passes for 93 yards, 55 of which were on a deep ball to make up the fourth-quarter field goal that represented the only points in the second half.
Said Watkins, a 2014 first-round pick who’s trying to kickstart his career in Green Bay.
While the mournful Rodgers didn’t smile much as he autopsied match after match with reporters, one thing seemed to cheer his mood: the celebration after Lazard’s relegation.
Several players gathered around Lazard, who pretended to pour cups of special tea, and then drank it.
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Watkins asserted that it was an ode to Rodgers, who frankly discussed his use of the hallucinogenic drink ayahuasca.
“He gave us tea and we passed out,” Watkins said. “It was very cool. …that was for Aaron. I think this was a great celebration.”