If the Chicago Bears can leave this week being thankful for something, it would be decent quarterback play. Chicago has been a nightmare since Nick Foles took over for Mitch Trubisky and it seems like stubbornness has been the reason for not making a switch after the fact. The Bears at one point were 5-1 but have now lost four straight games, are 5-5 and don’t look to be getting better anytime soon.
The Bears have scored 20 points or more in just two of their last seven games. Head coach Matt Naggy gave up play-calling duties but at this point, it seems like the selfless move may have actually been made to keep his job and show how poorly this offense was constructed.
Their struggles won’t get any better this week as they will have to pray that they can keep up with a Packers offense that can put up points at a scary quick rate. On average, Green Bay scores 11 more points a game than Chicago and their offense ranks third in total scoring, in comparison to the Bears’ 31st ranking.
This is the first meeting from both of these teams this season but if it goes anything like their 2019 matchups, it should be ugly and a bit of a yawn fest. The Packers won last year’s game 10-3 and 21-13. Overall, Green Bay is 8-2 straight up against the Bears in their last 10 games against each other and they are 6-4 against the spread against them. I expect that trend to remain the same in this game as the Bears really don’t inspire much hope at this point. At a time, it looked like they could have been a playoff lock but that certainly doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.
Aaron Rdogers will play a big role in this game as his offense is starting to get healthy although they are still somewhat inconsistent and the Rodgers overtime curse has proven that it isn’t going anywhere. Despite 311 yards in the air, three touchdowns and just 11 incompletions, the Packers weren’t able to grab a win last time out against the Indianapolis Colts.
Bears vs. Packers Players to Watch:
Green Bay Packers, Allen Lazard: Rodgers has Davante Adams to huck it up to whenever he needs but more help is desperately needed in Green Bay on the offensive side of the ball. Allen Lazard was activated last week but didn’t see much playing time. Now that he has had that week to get his feet under him, he should be used quite a bit. Earlier this year, he had a game where he caught 6 passes for 146 yards.
Chicago Bears, Khalil Mack: When you are facing a top ranked offense, you need your top defensive player to have his best game of the season. Mack has 6.5 sacks this season but he hasn’t notched one in two weeks. If he can pressure Rodgers, he can make this game closer.
Bears vs. Packers Prediction:
I’m thankful for an easy pick.
Bears 14 Packers 27
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com