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Inbox: This was a nice step forward

That’s worth keeping an eye on

Bears QB Justin Fields, Packers DL Devonte Wyatt
Bears QB Justin Fields, Packers DL Devonte Wyatt

Nik from Moore, SC

It's only one game. It's a long season. There will be bumps along the way. Lots of things to clean up still … but boys … that's a hell of a way to start.

It sure beats the alternative.

Jim from Naples, FL

Has to be the most enjoyable Inbox submissions you've had in quite some time?

Again, it beats the alternative.

Steve from Algoma, WI

Is that what a three-phase victory looks like? (Asking for a friend.)

The Packers won all three phases against a three-win team. As they should. It's obvious the Bears still have a lot of work to do, and that performance had to be a big letdown for their franchise and fan base. The only wildcard going in for the Packers was Love, and he's a big one. But if he's not going to turn the ball over, the Packers have plenty of pieces around him, on both sides of the ball.

Dave from North Potomac, MD

So glad to see AR12 transferred ownership of Da Bears to JL10! Great to see Love keep his cool on the fumbled snap.

Everyone is sending in "ownership" comments and I'm not going to dwell on it. Feels like chortling to me. The way Jordan Love handled the fumbled snap epitomized his composure. He had the presence of mind, once he found some space, to set up and look downfield. Lo and behold … Luke Musgrave was wide open.

Jerry from Wapella, IL

II, Sunday's game was a great first step in the Jordan Love era. Having said that it's definitely not time for chortling. Instead, we must remain committed to the process and let these young men continue to grow from week to week. I saw a lot to like about the way that Love played, but what I liked the most was the fact that plays were left on the field which indicates the potential for so much more. What did you see in the game that you are most excited for regarding the 2023 Packers?

Seeing the offense score four touchdowns without Christian Watson. That maybe happened once all last year? Or not at all? I'm not sure.

Mike from Grovetown, GA

Great win! Hope Aaron Jones is OK. I noticed when Jones was in the game, he had room to run. When AJ Dillon came in it looked like Bears had 15 guys in the box. What did they do different?

Jones did a better job making the first guy miss, but aside from that, the timing on running plays just looked different with Jones. I thought Dillon ran hard and didn't go down easily, but figuring out how to make the 1-2 punch work with a new QB could take some time.

Anthony from Provo, UT

All of the silly stats that networks throw up on the screen typically drives me nuts, but one of them really stood out during the broadcast. I didn't realize that the Packers were the worst in the league last season in goal-to-go situations. They can only go up from there, and Jordan Love did a great job of improving on those lost opportunities.

He was also 7-of-9 for 106 yards and a TD on third downs, which the Packers converted at a 9-for-16 clip (plus one huge fourth-down conversion). That'll play.

Mark from Westminster, CO

Three-for-three in the red zone. I'll take that every week.

Again, that'll play.

Bob from New Britain, CT

Happy with our victory! But what kept me from being thrilled was all the dumb penalties. Thankfully they didn't hurt us very much against da Bears, but we just can't play this undisciplined against the better teams in the league without it costing us. So many were completely avoidable. I know we were charged up and battling our rivals, but we should know better than that.

The lack of discipline was disappointing. There's an aggressiveness to this team's play style, an edge to it, which LaFleur referenced throughout the preseason. It has its benefits but must be channeled properly, and players have to be mindful of where the line is drawn. That series of flags in the third quarter let the Bears back in a game they had no business being in. As you said, it could be costly against better opponents.

Kirsten from Madison, WI

Setting aside the "third-consecutive HOF QB" hype, it's clear that Love has the skills to be an NFL quarterback. Time will tell how good he'll be. But it looks like there's a lot of benefits to drafting a talented quarterback and then letting him spend a few years learning from a quality veteran before he's expected to deliver as a starter. This can't be a fluke. Do you see this as a strategy NFL teams might start to try more intentionally? Do the egos and money allow for it?

The organization has to be in the right position, and right situation, to do it. I think other franchises are watching the Packers closely here. Long way to go. But other teams have seen success much sooner with Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow, too, so there's no one solution.

Janet from Auburn, WA

I loved seeing Jordan Love's mom in the stands cheering for her son and the story behind how she got her ticket. When exactly did the relationship between Jordan Love and Justin Fields develop?

They have the same agent, I believe.

The Green Bay Packers kicked off the 2023 regular season against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023.