Porter put together one of his best career games on tape last time the Bears went to Lambeau Field. Aaron Rodgers faced favorable circumstances to get back into his normal groove, but Porter had other plans. On the night that Brett Farve’s number was retired, Porter sucked the excitement right out of the Frozen Tundra. Porter locked down receivers, caused a handful of memorable pass break-ups, and even bottled up a huge interception in the 4th quarter. For the Chicago Bears to steal a win against the Packers, they will need another virtuoso performance from Porter.
To accomplish another career outing, Porter will have to overcome major odds. First off, he only logged one limited practice this week and is far from 100%. Second, Porter will likely be tasked with covering Jordy Nelson, a weapon who was out with an ACL tear last November. Third, Porter has struggled for the majority of the season. While he always finds a way to make a highlight play from time to time, the majority of his game is rough. Porter’s spotty coverage was utterly exposed when Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles found his form in the second half of last week’s game.
However, Porter faced sloppy play and injuries last year and still pulled out a career game. For Porter to earn this key, he can not allow a pass play over 30 yards. The Bears rely on a bend and don’t break defense which big plays derail. Porter also needs a signature play like last year. Whether it’s a big pass deflection on third down or a big time forced fumble, or another clutch pick, the Bears need to see Porter celebrating at one point or another today.