Can Aaron Jones find any running room against the Bears defense? How will the Packers offense try to move the ball against a Bears defense that completely shut down the vaunted LA Rams last week?
Based on Joe Philbin’s first game in charge the Packers will certainly be more committed to the run than under McCarthy. Last week Aaron Jones had 17 carries, tied for his season-high.
Running the ball will be very difficult against this Bears defense, so I expect the Packers to try to set up favorable third downs with the short-passing game. It was effective last week, and also a key part of the offense’s success during the “run the table” season in 2016. With a number of injuries along the offensive line, it will be their only hope to slow down the pass rush.
Jaire Alexander has had a nice rookie season, which is a nice consolation prize for the Packers after losing out on sniping Kyle Fuller with a Restricted Free Agent contract offer from the Bears in the offseason. Are there any other promising rookies that have surprised you with their performance this season?
Receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown have both impressed this season. In time they will build more trust with Aaron Rodgers, but they have both made important plays this year.
Another player I’m excited to see develop is cornerback Tony Brown, who went undrafted last spring and was signed by the Packers in September. He’s made some big plays and I’m excited to see what he can do in 2019.
What’s your prediction for the game on Sunday? Please include a brief summary and a final score.
This is the week Green Bay’s dominance at Soldier Field comes to an end. While the Packers’ performance last week against the Falcons was encouraging, it was at home against a team that has struggled all season.
In my opinion, the Bears proved last week why they should be considered Super Bowl contenders. They didn’t just slow down but shut down arguably the best offense in football.
I think it’ll be a long day for the Packers, whose season officially comes to an end and the Bears deservedly win the NFC North. Bears 24, Packers 10