The Chicago Bears meet the Green Bay Packers on Sunday for the 200th time with the Bears trailing in the all-time series (playoffs included) 95-98-6. If the Bears are going to close the overall gap, and keep their minuscule playoff hopes alive, they’ll need someone to take their game to another level, and here are some candidates to do just that.
For what ever reason, Leonard Floyd has had the biggest games of his career against the Packers. In seven games, in which the Bears have only won one of, Floyd has 7.5 sacks, 22 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 10 quarterback hits, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.
I hope, for the sake of the franchise, that Mitchell Trubisky balls out on Sunday. He needs to keep his solid play rolling in Lambeau Field, and his comfort in the pocket will have a lot to do with how he plays. In 4 career games against the Packers he’s been sacked 15 times, with 14 of those coming in their 3 losses. He was only sacked one time in their December meeting a year ago when the Bears clinched the NFC North with a 24-17 win. He had an outstanding feel for the pocket that day while going 20 of 28 for 235 yards and 2 TD passes.
In 4 career games against the Packers (including one while a member of the Raiders), Khalil Mack has 4.5 sacks, 16 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 4 QB hits, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and an interception returned for a TD. We’ll find out early in the game how closely the refs are watching for holding.
In his first career game against the Packers this year, David Montgomery only had 6 runs for 18 yards and 1 reception for 27 yards, but I’d imagine he’d be a bigger part of the game-plan this week. The lack of called runs was a huge issue after that opening loss and it was been a hot topic through the first half of the 2019 season, but these last few games it seems that head coach Matt Nagy has settled into a play calling rhythm, and Montgomery has had a nice 2 week stretch with 36 carries for 161 yards (4.5ypc).
The offensive line has stepped up their game during the Bears recent winning streak, and them controlling the line of scrimmage on Sunday will go along way towards the Bears pulling off the upset.
Who do you think will step up and have a big game on Sunday for the Bears?