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James Jones carries Packers' offense in win over Bears

CHICAGO -- It’s a good thing the Green Bay Packers re-signed James Jones last week. He carried their offense in Sunday’s 31-23 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

His comfort level with quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned quickly, and vice versa.

Without Jordy Nelson and with Randall Cobb limited because of his shoulder injury, Jones was Rodgers’ go-to receiver even though it had been 20 months since his last game in a Packers’ uniform. He caught two touchdown passes – a 13-yarder in the first quarter and a 1-yarder in the third quarter – and finished with four catches for 51 yards.

It would have been three touchdowns but one was called back in the second quarter because of a holding penalty, and the Packers had to settle for a field goal on that drive. Jones also drew a 34-yard pass interference late in the fourth quarter that showed his veteran savvy.

Jones, who last played for the Packers on Jan. 5, 2014 in the playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers was re-signed on Monday. Those were his 38th and 39th career touchdowns with the Packers, who drafted him in the third round in 2007. Jones played his first seven years in Green Bay before he signed with the Oakland Raiders in 2014. Despite 73 catches last season, the Raiders cut him this offseason. So did the New York Giants, who released Jones despite the fact that he was their leading receiver in the preseason.

Cobb added a late touchdown catch – a 5-yarder in the fourth quarter – but his shoulder injury prevented him from being a bigger part of the offense. He caught five passes but totaled just 38 yards.