Bears vs Packers Week 2: Can QB Aaron Rodgers Connect With his Young WRs?
- An exciting NFC North battle featuring two historic franchises at Lambeau Stadium
- Week 1: the 1-0 Bears beat the 49ers in bad weather; the 0-1 Packers lost to the Vikings
- Watch Bears vs Packers live on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at 8:20 PM ET on NBC
Bears vs Packers Odds
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|Bears vs Packers Odds||Point Spread||Points Total||Money Line|
|Chicago Bears||+10 (-110) |
|O43.0 (-110) |
|Green Bay Packers||-10 (-110) |
|U43.0 (-110) |
Bears vs Packers Pick
Last year in Week 1 we saw the Packers get blown out like this season and in Week 2 they did the same to their opponent, so expect that to happen to the Bears here.
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This exciting NFC North battle features two historic NFL franchises going head to head at Lambeau Stadium in Wisconsin as the Chicago Bears travel north to face the Green Bay Packers the way they do twice a season, that rabid fan base there a definite advantage.
The 1-0 Chicago Bears beat the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 in the midst of a torrential downpour which created a field full of puddles that slowed the game down, but still new HC Matt Eberflus’s franchise QB Justin Fields earned a win and now it’s onto a divisional enemy.
There seemed to be much frustration on Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers’ face last week as his team got blown out the same way they did last year in Week 1, only this time it was by an NFC North rival, the Minnesota Vikings, and last time the team still had WR Davante Adams.
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Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers Predictions
Can the Bears Defensive Line Make Life Tough for the Packers?
A great way to beat the Green Bay Packers is to neutralize their QB Aaron Rodgers, but that is far easier said than done although in Week 1 it looked as though the Vikings had figured him out, game film that the Chicago Bears defense is no doubt re-watching all this week to prepare.
Last week, Rodgers was sacked four times, hit five times, and picked off once, and the bruises he must be icing down all week are no doubt why he looked so frustrated at times during that loss, something that Bears DEs Robert Quinn and Al-Quadin Muhammad probably noticed.
Those two QB hunters will need inside help from DTs Angelo Blackson and Justin Jones, all part of a scary defense that posted 2 sacks, 4 QB hits, and 62 passes defended in the rain last week so there is no telling what they are going to be capable of in fairer Wisconsin weather.
Can Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Connect With his Young WRs?
Future Hall of Fame QB Aaron Rodgers looked frustrated at times in Week 1 despite his funky new hairdo, that new look ineffective at getting his receivers to hang onto the ball, with 10 missed targets and just 260 passing yards of offense in that 7-23 Week 1 loss to Minnesota.
When the Packers had WR Davante Adams on the roster, he would open up the field by drawing deep double teams but now that he is gone (Las Vegas Raiders) that job is up for grabs and deep threat WRs Allen Lazard and Sammy Watkins are capable of filling those huge cleats.
Last week, rookie WRs Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson both saw action and Doubs caught 4/5 of his targets for 37 yards, his longest a 23-yarder, while Watson caught just 2/4 of his targets for 34 yards but the only Green Bay touchdown in that game was run in by A.J. Dillon.
Bears Key Player: (QB) Justin Fields
This is the second pro season for Chicago Bears franchise QB Justin Fields and last week’s win over the 49ers might not be the best statistical game to judge him by but that is the fault of the horrible weather conditions he and his team fought through to get the tough Week 1 home win.
Last season Fields struggled as a rookie under Matt Nagy’s development but now his new head coach Matt Eberflus seems to be taking that part of his job more seriously though his first game numbers were rough (8/17, 121 yds, 2 TD, INT) but that had more to do with the deep puddles.
Fields played his college football at OSU where he showcased his ability to scramble with speed and throw the football accurately on the run, skills that are part of his pro game as he continues to develop a connection with his main WR targets Equanimeous St. Brown and Darnell Mooney.
Packers Key Player: (LB) Preston Smith
The Packers defense did not look good in Week 1 as they allowed Minnesota to gain almost 400 yards of offense and though the 23 points they allowed would typically be beatable by QB Aaron Rodgers’ offense, in this game it was not, and LB Preston Smith most likely hated that.
Smith still had a solid game (3 tackles, 2 QB hits) but posted no sacks after taking down nine quarterbacks last season, his career total of almost 50 sacks the reason he has been so valuable to DC Joe Barry’s squad, a tackling machine with over 300 total tackles in 7 seasons.
In that Week 1 Packers loss to the Vikings, the absence of DE Za’Darius Smith could never be more apparent, his presence with the other ‘Smith Brother’ a factor in the past that HC Matt LaFleur had best figure out a way to replace or else face even more tough games in 2022.
How to Watch Bears vs Packers
|What||Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers|
|Where||Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI|
|When||Sunday, September 18, 2022; 8:20 PM ET|
|How to watch||NBC|
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