The Chicago Bears are flying high after back-to-back wins over the Detroit Lions and Las Vegas Raiders, but they will face a severe test on Sunday when they host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field.
The Bears, who are looking to make their third playoff appearance in four seasons, have shown serious courage on the defensive side of football, but their offense is still looking to find its place, especially after David Montgomery injured himself in the game. knee in Week 4.
The all-time Bears are now trailing the Packers in their long-running streak, with Green Bay going 100-94-6 against Chicago. The Packers have won nine of their last 10 games against the Bears and 18 of their last 20.
A season ago, the Packers swept the Bears by a combined 76-41 in their two games.
Unsurprisingly, the main driver of the Packers’ success has been Aaron Rodgers, who is 20-5 in the regular season against Chicago, with 6,013 yards and 55 touchdowns.
This time around, the Packers face a new quarterback, with Justin Fields set to make his third career start in Sunday’s competition.
While Fields didn’t have to deal with the heat of a rivalry game against the Packers, he tended to be successful in rivalry game situations in college. In his only career game against Michigan, the Ohio State quarterback amassed 302 yards and four touchdowns in a win over the Wolverines.
In 2020, Fields and the Buckeyes did not play against Michigan due to COVID concerns, but he threw for a pair of touchdowns and 199 passing yards in a win over Michigan State.
Fields also showed some serious ability on the big stage, throwing 385 yards and six touchdowns in a national semifinal victory over Trevor Lawrence and Clemson earlier this year.
The big keys for the Bears in the game will be leveraging their offensive strengths, with their running game ranking among the best rushing attacks in football. They’ll also need to open up the playbook for Fields more, allowing him to stretch the pitch on deep throws so the Packers can’t stack the box and get their run defense, allowing 102.2 yards per game on the ground. , rolling.
The Bears will also need to keep Fields standing, as they’ve allowed 18 sacks in five games, the second allowed sacks in the NFL this season. The Packers have 10 sacks in five games, but will look to significantly disrupt Fields when the teams face off on Sunday.
We’ll have a lot more coverage on the Chicago Football page ahead of Sunday’s showdown, which is scheduled for noon at Soldier Field. The game will air on Fox.