Week 6 Game Preview: Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers

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The Chicago Bears must find a way to stop Davante Adams

On defense, the balancing act the Bears defensive coordinator, Sean Desai will have to play is going to be more complicated than the balancing act the Bears offense will have to juggle. Winning the war of the Bears defense versus Aaron Rodgers and his guys still starts at the line of scrimmage just as it does for the Bears offense.

The Bears’ front seven will very likely be without the incomparable Akiem Hicks. However, the Bears have deep depth on their front line. As mentioned, David Bhaktari is out for this game. His replacement is Elgton Jenkins, a second-round pick from 2019. Ironically, at this point, Jenkins is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Whomever plays left tackle for the Packers against the Bears could play a pivotal role in making this game quite interesting for Bears fans.

The key to the Bears playing as a dominating defense since the Vic Fangio era has been stopping the run. Containing Aaron Jones will be important to a Bears victory. However, Sean Desai’s biggest decision in this game is how to defend Davante Adams.

In 5 games, Adams has 42 catches while all of the other Packers wideouts have only 28 catches. This screams double team Adams but it will not be that simple with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback.

Double-teaming Adams has to be part of the Bears plan for him but just part of the plan. In my opinion, it has to be a combination of Jaylon Johnson in single coverage with Adams as well as having Adams double-teamed. My first fall back for a defense taking on a great receiver like Adams is the Bill Belichick strategy of taking your best corner and putting him on the second-best receiver, then doubling up their best receiver with the other cornerback and a safety.