Jordan Love leads Packers in Opener
The former Bakersfield (Liberty high) standout connected on 15 of 27 of passes for 245 yards through the air giving him a 123.7 passer rating.
By Earl Heath
Contributing Sports Writer
Jordan Love looked like he might be ready to follow in the footsteps of Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. He appeared composed and confident as he threw for three touchdowns to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 38-20 season-opening victory over the Chicago Bears.
The former Bakersfield (Liberty high) standout connected on 15 of 27 of passes for 245 yards through the air giving him a 123.7 passer rating. Veteran RB Aaron Jones was on the receiving end with a 51-yard catch-and-run on a screen pass as well as a 35-yard catch-and-run touchdown on a second-half fourth down play.
Jones a Pro Bowl running back totaled 127 yards from scrimmage on 11 touches — 41 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown plus 86 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown on two catches.
“We knew what type of game we were in for,” said Love. “Obviously, my first game in this rivalry, so I mean it felt good. They’re a good team. Obviously, first half was close and second half, the way we just bounced back and came out there in the second half and just total domination. It felt good.
“It just feels good to get a win, never take that for granted.”
It was the ninth straight win for the Packers over the Bears.
Love was without one of his favorite weapons Christian Watson missed the game with an injury on the Packers offense. The second-year man out of North Dakota State sat out the game with an injury. Last season he finished second on the roster with 611 receiving yards to go with a team-high seven touchdown catches.
The Packers travel to Atlanta this week.