Week 6 Game Preview: Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers

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After the Browns dominated the Chicago Bears three weeks ago, no one expected them to have much of a chance against their bitter rivals the Packers in this upcoming game on Sunday. However, steady improvement by the Bears, along with injuries to three Pro-Bowl quality starters for the Packers, has given the Bears a fighting chance to win this game.

The irony is thick that the Bears have a shot to go from the outhouse of dismal failure in Cleveland to the penthouse of beating Green Bay at home and then taking over first place in the NFC North. From this observer’s standpoint, the key to a Bears win must go beyond strategy and the classic underdog hope of winning the turnover battle.

A look at how the Chicago Bears can beat the Green Bay Packers

The key to a Bears victory starts with them going old-school “Black and Blue Division” on the Packers. They need to commit to physically dominating their foes from the North at the lines of scrimmage. The Bears need to take their basic game plan from last week, tweak it some, then do to the Packers in Chicago what they did to the Raiders in Las Vegas.

The Chicago Bears running game and dominating time of possession is clearly the foundation to a Bears victory. However, in play, is the old adage of how the best-laid plans of mice and man, often go awry. With David Montgomery on injured reserve, Damien Williams had a really good game last week. However, this week, he was put on the COVID-19 protocol list.

Adam Schefter has a source that told him Williams tested positive. If Damien Williams is out, then the onus of their running game is put on the shoulders of rookie Khalil Herbert. The good news for the Bears is that Herbert averaged 4.1 yards per carry on 18 attempts against the Raiders and the Packers defense is allowing an average of 4.3 yards per carry. The Bears will need to run the ball a minimum of 25 times and probably more.