The Chicago Bears haven’t had a lot of success against the Green Bay Packers in recent years, but they’ll be looking to change that when the teams tangle on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.
Fresh off a bye week, the Bears will hope to bring their top-ten defense to the party, and will hope to get their offense, led by rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, back into gear.
Here are five players that will be key for the Bears as they attempt to put together a complete game against their bitterest rival.
In his last four games, Floyd has four sacks and 11 total tackles, and he’ll hope to keep that going against quarterback Brett Hundley and the Packers. Vic Fangio will likely have plenty of aggressive pass rush packages lined up for a depleted Packers squad, and Floyd will be key to that effort.
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Howard has rushed for over 100 yards in two of his last three games, and he was even a passing game threat in the team’s loss to New Orleans, catching three passes on five targets. He’ll likely give way more often than not in passing situations, but a balanced attack will be required even as the Bears look to give Trubisky more reps, and Howard will be key to that.
Jackson only had one tackle against New Orleans in Week 8, but in the games prior to that he was an absolute monster, scoring two defensive touchdowns against the Carolina Panthers and notching five tackles against Baltimore in Week 6. Look for him to be a key member of the team’s secondary against Hundley and company Sunday, and he should be primed for a good performance.
It seems too obvious to have Trubisky as a key player, but the fact is that he will be given every chance to shine on Sunday. He’s had two weeks to prepare, has game footage from this season to evaluate for the Packers, and is facing a secondary that is missing safety Morgan Burnett. If there’s a time for the training wheels to come off, it’s right now.
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The Bears will be getting two wide receivers back in the mix this week, as Wheaton and Dontrelle Inman will slot into the lineup. Giving Trubisky some bonafide passing weapons is going to be a game changer for the Bears’ offense, and Wheaton’s speed should come in handy if Dowell Loggains is ready to get more aggressive with his rookie quarterback.