Week 4 Tale Of The Tape: Chicago Bears At Green Bay Packers
- QuarterbackThe Bears are clearly a team that is struggling to play respectable football. Mike Glennon is holding onto the quarterback position, but it seems that his position is quite tenuous even though the Bears are coming off a win over the Steelers. It seems likely that rookie Mitchell Trubisky will get a chance to take over as the starting quarterback in the near future.The Packers have long had an advantage over their traditional rivals, and the biggest edge is at the quarterback position. Aaron Rodgers may have a bigger advantage now than he has had in the past, and his ability to find open receivers and deliver the ball accurately has tortured the Bears throughout his career. Look for Rodgers to continue his attack on the Chicago defense.
- OffenseChicago found a solid running game in 2016 with Jordan Howard, and he came through with 138 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers, including the game-winner in overtime. Rookie Tarik Cohen is explosive when he gets his opportunities as a runner or receiver and he has given the offense a spark. The Bears are limited at the WR position.The Packers have gotten a lift from Ty Montgomery at running back because he has proven to be elusive and forceful when running with the ball. Montgomery’s skill helps the Packers unleash their powerful passing attack, and wideout Jordy Nelson is one of the top big-play receivers in the league. Randall Cobb and Davante Adams are excellent complementary receivers.
- DefenseIf the Bears have a strength in the 2017 season, it is their defensive personnel and skill. Defensive end Akiem Hicks is probably the team’s best and most consistent defensive player. The Bears need outside linebacker Leonard Floyd to provide significant pressure on the quarterback with his speed and ability to close. Danny Trevathan is a hard-hitting linebacker who had a team-high 10 tackles vs. Pittsburgh.The Packers have had difficulties winning playoff games and advancing in the postseason largely because their defense has been vulnerable and strong opponents have been able to take advantage of this weakness at the most important moments. Small improvements are possible, and the Packers are hoping Mike Daniels can solidify the defensive line while Ha Ha Clinton-Dix solidifies the secondary.
- Special TeamsThe Bears recovered a fumble after Pat O’Donnell’s first punt of the game, and that special-teams play lit the fuse for the win over the Steelers. The return game is ordinary, and so is PK Connor Barth, who made 1-of-2 FG attempts against Pittsburgh.The Packers are hoping that Cobb and Jeff Janis can help them out in the return game, while the coverage teams are just average. PK Mason Crosby has proven to be quite dependable, but rookie punter Justin Vogel needs to prove himself.
The Packers have been dominating the Bears since Brett Favre took over at quarterback, and that may not change until Aaron Rodgers decides to call it a career. Chicago lacks talent and direction under Fox’s leadership.