Week 6 Game Preview: Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers
The Chicago Bears must bring a consistent pass rush
The other important strategy that I fully expect Sean Desai to continue to do in this game as he has done in previous games is creatively mix up how he uses his pass rushers. It’s obvious, like a shark smelling blood in the water, Rodgers senses most of the blitzes sent his way.
With this in mind, the Bears’ defensive coordinator will be rushing four guys the vast majority if not the entirety of this game. On the other hand, Desai has been quite creative and effective how he is mixing and matching his guys at the line of scrimmage. Most especially, how he uses his biggest two guns, Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn.
I can see these two both lining up a lot around the left tackle in passing downs. With Desai pulling the strings and these two leading the way, the Bears have the most sacks in the NFL to date. Last year, whatever was bothering Robert Quinn appears to no longer be a factor in his play. Whatever has changed, he and Khalil Mack have so far formed the formidable pass-rushing duo the Bears envisioned when they signed him to a big contract last.
The Bears’ success in consistently pressuring Rodgers, along with some sacks thrown in for good measure, is pretty much a must for them to win this game. They don’t necessarily have to land a big number of sacks. However, they do need to keep Rodgers far away from his comfort zone on pass plays.
This is quite doable given the deep depth the Bears have in the defensive line. That plus the Bears’ pass rush ace in the hole of the Packers not having their All-Pro blindside pass protector, Bhaktari, protecting Rodgers in this game. Both teams in this game have a lot of injuries, but ultimately the Packers will have more of a problem with injuries than the Bears.