The time has finally come. It’s now onto da Bears for the Green Bay Packers and keep rolling in the regular season.
The Green Bay Packers have not lost to the Chicago Bears since December of 2018. They’ve won 4 in a row, and 9 of their last 10 games against Chicago. Things could be interesting this week, though.
Green Bay will still be banged up coming into Chicago this weekend. Jaire Alexander is still out, as we are still unsure whether or not his shoulder injury will require season-ending surgery. MVS is still sidelined after being placed on the short-term Injured reserve list with his hamstring issues, etc.
A couple players who are up in the air are Elgton Jenkins, Josh Myers and Kevin King. King had just returned this past game after missing time since the Lions contest. With a thinned out cornerback room, the Green Bay Packers have brought in Quinton Dunbar on the practice squad.
The Packers brought in CB Quinton Dunbar for a visit today. The 29-year-old has 10 interceptions in 64 career NFL games.
With Alexander on IR and King also dealing with a shoulder injury, Packers may need CB help — and fast.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 12, 2021
Two other players that will likely be suited up are new additions Rasul Douglas and Jaylon Smith. Both agreed to deals with the Green Bay Packers last week, but were not made available against the Bengals. The team will certainly make use of them this week with the injury bug continuing to plague the roster.
One key element for the Green Bay Packers this week is the red zone defense. Matt Schneidman with The Athletic pointed out Tuesday that the Packers are the only defense in the league that has given up touchdowns on every red zone trip this season.
The Packers are the only team in the NFL to allow TDs on all of their opponent’s red-zone trips (13/13) after the Bengals went 2/2 in the red zone.
That and more in Week 5 takeaways: https://t.co/JYU9QG4imU
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) October 12, 2021
That will likely have to change this week. While the bears sit dead last in the league with an average of 240 yards per game, and third to last in average points per game (16.8), the offense does look a bit different with Justin Fields at the helm. But, they are without running back David Montgomery after he was placed on the IR.
Pressuring Justin Fields will be key on Sunday. The Chicago Bears have allowed Fields to get sacked 14 times this season. 9 of those came against the Cleveland Browns just a couple games ago. While the Browns have their best pass rusher and the Packers do not, Preston Smith, Kenny Clark and Rashan Gary have been producing.
Gary has hit the quarterback 10 times so far this season and has 1.5 sacks. Preston Smith has two sacks on the year. They are going to need the two of them to cause problems for Chicago and make Justin Fields uncomfortable. He has lots of talent, but has shown that he still makes those rookie mistakes.
Also, while David Montgomery is not available, the bears running game has seen some recent success. Against the Raiders, they totaled 143 rushing yards — over half of their total for the game. The Packers have to force Fields to throw the ball and get after him in the backfield to throw him off rhythm.
For the offense, hopefully Elgton Jenkins is available. The offensive line has looked good considering all the injuries, but the Bears front is a lot different than the Bengals. The bears have sacked quarterbacks 18 times this season.
The Green Bay Packers have to find a way to get their running game going. Chicago has allowed 3.9 yards per carry so far this season. Green Bay has been running well as of late, and they will have to keep it going.
The team has come a long way from Week 1, even with some struggles in Cincinnati. This week could be a difficult road test for the Green Bay Packers, but if they can keep their defensive momentum going and stay true to their offensive identity, they will likely come out on top.