By : Lawrence Lang
The Packers will look to get their first win of the season as they host the Chicago Bears in their home opener in a Sunday night showdown at Lambeau Field.
In week one The Packers lost to the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. Running back A.J. Dillon got the only score for the Packers when he ran for a two-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Other than that the Packers underperformed.
The same thing happened last year when they got blown out by The New Orleans Saints in week one where they only put up three points. Now in an era without Wide Receiver Davante Adams who was traded to Las Vegas Raiders the Packers now have a wide-receiver core that is young and inexperienced and that can smell trouble for Aaron Rodgers. In the loss to the Viking Dillion lead the way with receiving with five receptions and 46 receiving yards , Rookie Wide receiver Romeo Doubs had four receptions and 37 receiving yards and Rookie Wide receiver Christian Watson had two receptions for 34 receiving yards, Watson also had a dropped ball that could have been his first career touchdown and with that drop it set the tone that it was going to be a long game. Rodgers being the only star going 22/34 with 195 passing yards did have one interception as well.
The Bears come into Green Bay 1-0 after they beat the San Francisco 49ers at home in the Monsoon Bowl as the weather made every player feel like a kid again because of the rain. Quarterback Justin Fields looked good going 8/17 121 passing yards two touchdowns and one interception Running back Khalil Herbert had nine carries for 45 rushing yards and a touchdown, Wide receivers Dante Pettis and former packer Equanimeous St. brown had touchdowns. The Bears defense also held the 49ers to 10 points in the 19-10 victory and also got two sacks and an interception of 49ers quarterback Trey Lance. Overall it was a great win for the Bears especially with the weather they played in.
This will be the 203 third meeting between the Bears and Packers with the Packers leading the oldest rivalry in the NFL with a 103-95-6 record and winning the last six meetings between the two. With how young this Packers receiver core is this could play a factor in Sunday nights game.
Three Key points to the game.
- Packers Wide Receivers: This receiver core needs to R-E-L-A-X and forget the week one loss. Granted Randall Cobb has faced the bears many times before its the others that need to relax. Doubs, Sammy Watkins, Watson can read their routes right and break free from the Bears defense they can put week one behind them.
- Aaron Rodgers: Rodgers needs to get his offense on the same page as him as they looked awful and looked like they were still in the preseason. Hopefully during practice this week Rodgers met with his receivers to figure out the game plan for Sunday cause if they are not on the same page it will be a long season for them because you can’t just relay on the run game and kicking game to win games this is not the 60’s where they perfected the Jets Sweep.
- Justin Fields: Week one we did not get to see the Bears offense truly perform due to the harsh weather in Chicago yes they still produced and did well in the weather. I would love to see how this Bear offense will do when it’s not raining. If Justin Fields can step up again especially in Green Bay we can be looking at the 2-0 Bears and the 0-2 Packers last time Packers started 0-2 was 2006. Fields is out to prove that he belongs here in the NFL and what better way to make a statement than trying to beat the Packers.