Which Chicago Bears players laid duds in Week 14 vs Packers?

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Chicago Bears Week 14 Dud No. 2: Offensive Line

As much as I want to say that the line deserves an excuse for this week because they have two rookies at tackle for most of the game, but they still underperformed, especially in the second half. There are veterans on this line. Guys like Cody Whitehair and James Daniels have been around enough to know they have to step up when there is such inexperience at both tackle spots.

The running game was working early, which means credit goes to the line for getting after it in the running game. Still, as the game went on the Packer defensive line started to dominate the line of scrimmage in run and pass plays. Justin Fields was not getting the protection he needed to get anything going downfield. It looked good in the first half, but as Green Bay brought more pressure to take advantage of Teven Jenkins being in the game things got out of hand.

There is only so much a line with this makeup can do after taking a hit so early in the game. It is amazing to realize how much Jason Peters has done for this team this year. Without him, the offensive line might be historically bad. As good as it was seeing Jenkins get some reps, it is obvious that Peters has been holding this line together with his experience and skill.

The coaches and players need to gameplan differently for the next week against the Vikings because whatever they had for this matchup was not going to work. Justin Fields needs to be better in communicating protections with his line as well in order to be better as a unit.

Matt Nagy needs to help out his rookie tackles rather than having both of them in one-on-one matchups. There is much that needs to be done to fix this line, but the bottom line is they need to play better after a poor performance against the Packers.