The Chicago Bears defensive line has been in a bit of a slump as far as getting to the Quarterback. The Bears as a team have 33 sacks for the entire year; in their past five games, the Bears have only managed eight sacks in the last five games (1.6 average). Against the Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, that’s not going to cut it.
The Packers are one of the most dangerous passing teams in the league. They will be without leading receiver Jordy Nelson, but they have various guys to counter that. Randall Cobb has developed to an explosive player they can line up inside in the slot or as an outside receiver; James Jones is a solid possession WR with deep downfield playmaking ability, and Greg Jennings is still a dangerous playmaker for them.
If the Bears want to neutralize the Packers passing attack, they have to consistently get to Rodgers this Sunday. The Bears have a great opportunity to do just that with the Packers offensive line hurting. Josh Sitton who is possibly the Packers best OL is questionable for Sunday’s game. The Packers already have their starting right tackle, Bryan Bulaga on injured reserve and are starting undrafted free agent Don Barclay at the position.
The Bears defensive line is slumping right now, but a great performance against the banged up Packers O-Line could help the back seven of the defense against a dangerous Packers receiving group. Look for the Bears to exploit the RG and RT positions. Even if Sitton plays, he will be hampered with a hip injury so expect the Bears to throw mix of Stephen Paea and Amobi Okoye at Sitton.
Corey Wootton has come on this season as a pass rusher, so there’s another match-up the Bears could potentially win all afternoon against Barclay.
If there’s a match-up the Bears defense has an advantage at coming into this game, it would be against the Packers O-Line.