Packers Game Preview: Week 9 - Chicago Bears

Published: Nov 04, 2013 16:59pm EST
By epolnoff, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Nov 04, 2013 @ 04:59pm EST

 

Yesterday, Packers fans crowded around a TV to watch some other fans team play, while they waited for Monday night. Week nine’s Monday Night Football match up is the oldest and most storied rivalry in the league. The Packers will bear down against a Chicago team who is severely depleted on both sides of the ball due to injury.

With four major players in Chicago’s front seven sitting out this weekend (Melton, Collins, Briggs, and Williams), the hot-handed backfield duo of Eddie Lacy and James Starks looks to continue their domination on the ground. Over the course of the season, this complimentary pair has thrown down 690 yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry and combined for 5 TD’s. All the while, Jonathan Franklin waits in the wings with his solitary 107 yards, 5.6 yard average, 1 TD game. Having three 100 yard/game rushers is an excellent problem to have.

The other obvious benefit is that the Bears will need to bring an extra man down in the box to ensure Eddie Lacy is caged up. This leaves the secondary wide open for one of the leagues best QB’s to utilize his newly minted targets after a great showing last week against another division rival. Aaron Rodgers targeted Myles White and Jarrett Boykin for a combined 17 times. Though, word is that James Jones might be headed back into the lineup tomorrow night after recovering from his knee injury.

On the other side of the ball, the Bears aren’t looking as strong as they once did, with Jay Cutler on the sidelines, nursing a groin injury and Josh McCown taking the helm.  McCown looked like he might be able to handle the heat last week, completing 14 of 20 for 204 yards and a TD. With Matt Forte on target for his typical 1,000 yard season and a focus on the running game, the Packers front 7 will need to be the stars of the game. Clay Matthews and Nick Perry are still out with injuries, but Mike Daniels has really stepped up the inside pass rush and Jamari Lattimore is proving his worth in the middle of the field.

Without Jay Cutler, the Bears just don’t have what it takes to compete with a Packers offense averaging 438.9 yards per and 30+ points per game while the defense only allows an average of 22+.

Packers: 38, Bears: 19

Things to watch for:


- James Starks out of the backfield. The Packers have mentioned they want to bring Lacy’s touches down to around 20 per game, but they’ll keep the ground game rollin’ with Starks.

- Jarrett Boykin. With 8 men in the box and Jordy pulling the Safety on every play, watch for Boykin to be open on a lot of plays. He was targeted 9 times last game. I anticipate a similar showing this week.

- Micah Hyde in the return game. Hyde and Franklin are trading off in the return game, but Hyde is really starting to show his value. Big return numbers are coming!


 

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