Keys to the Game
#1 – Containing Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers is a future hall of fame quarterback who has the Bears number (16 wins to 5 losses) throughout his career. Our defense needs to limit the big play and I believe that starts with our line. The Bears had the most dominant defensive line in the NFL last year, while the Packers guards protecting him are suspect. Rodgers will get the ball out quickly, but the hope is that the line will wear him out to eventually force a turnover or two.
#2 – Utilizing our weapons and schemes in open space
Green Bay’s starting inside linebackers are currently Blake Martinez and an unknown. The known linebacker, Blake Martinez is a tackling machine but has known to be iffy in the passing game. You can be sure exposing this position will be a focus. The Bears have so many weapons that can utilize in the middle of the field to create match up nightmares.
#3 – Mitch Trubisky’s consistency
Mitch doesn’t have to be great, just better. Coach Nagy is scripting about 15 plays to start the game to build some momentum for Mitch. Trubisky’s familiarity with the “bread and butter” plays and ability to improvise on the fly should serve him well as the game goes on. Mitch needs to simply be the “point guard” (or facilitator) in this offense and get better as the season progresses.
#4- Trey Burton’s health (BONUS)
The Bears have been prepared for Burton’s groin injury since last weekend. Burton’s injury came to light a few days before the playoff game last January and the team had minimal time to game plan without him. This time it will be different.
– Rodgers magic tricks
– Mitch Trubisky’s big game jitters
MVB’s (Most Valuable Bears)
Offense: Tarik Cohen– 8 carries, 48 yards, 1 TD; 6 catches, 80 yards; 2 punt returns- 45 yards
– I was tempted to go David Montgomery here as I think David has a shot to break out like Kareem Hunt did a few years ago. Tarik Cohen, however, will be a nightmare for the Packers linebackers to cover as he comes out of the backfield, in the slot and on punt returns.
Defense: Roquan Smith (14 tackles, 1 sacks, 2 TFL)
– Matt Nagy said recently, “Every time I walk by, he’s getting ready to hit me.” An all-pro season is coming folks.
Final Prediction: Bears 31, Packers 20
A lot of experts predicting the Bears to lose tonight, but I just see a team that is simply better outside of quarterback. Aaron Rodgers is the X-factor/magician and will bring the Packers within 24-20 late in the game. Our running game and short passing game will take over in the last five minutes and Trubisky will take it in for a game-sealing touchdown.