Early Bird Breakdown Week 10 – Packers @ Bears
Hello and welcome back to Early Bird Breakdown. It’s week ten of the regular season. Before diving into the breakdown, let’s look back to last week’s game.
Last week on Monday Night Football the Packers struggled mightily at home versus the Lions. The Lions converted eight of their thirteen third downs while Stafford threw all over the battered Packers secondary. On the flip side, the Green Bay offense struggled mightily on third down, converting on only two of their third down attempts. The Packer offense likely will not elevate much from this point with Hundley, though I expect them to get marginally better as the season progresses.
Packers’ Offense vs Bears’ Defense:
While Hundley looked better against Detroit, this will be an extremely difficult task. Chicago boasts the league’s eighth-best defense and have recently won two of their last three games. Hundley has looked lost at times in the pocket and any hesitation on his part will likely lead to sacks. Adding to that pressure, the Packers will once again be without right tackle Bryan Bulaga this week.
Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery are going to have to get the ball early and often, both running and with screens if Green Bay wants to have a chance getting points. Fortunately for the Packers, their defense should keep them in the game.
Packers’ Defense vs Bears’ Offense:
The Bears offense lives and dies by their rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. So far the rookie has had his issues. He is only completing 47% and has five turnovers to only two touchdowns. Having said that, he has had a few flashes of the talent that led to the Bears trading up from the third pick to the second pick to take him. Trubisky’s day will also be a touch easier with Morgan Burnett out, Joe Thomas questionable, and Nick Perry banged up but likely to play.
Chicago will lean heavily on the run to help their QB. Despite Chicago being one of the worst offenses overall, they are sixth best in rushing. Green Bay will likely stack the box and dare Trubisky to throw, something he has yet to prove he can do for an entire game with efficiency.
Chicago will not be good for offensive weather. Expected kickoff 42 degrees and rain.
This season is likely in a full tailspin at this point. With Rodgers and the other injuries mounting combined with the poor performance thus far from Hundley the Packers look to be better off letting the injured players get plenty of rest so nothing lingers into next season. The Bears boast a talented defense and likely will cause Hundley issues. Both quarterbacks likely will make mistakes but I think the Bears get a little motivation at home versus the rival and come out on top. Bears win 17-13.As always, go Pack go! Stu Weis -Journalism graduate 2012, Carroll University