The Green Bay Packers have a big time divisional matchup this Monday night as their rivals, the Chicago Bears, invade Lambeau Field. The lights will be shining and the crowd will be electric all night as the oldest rivalry in the NFL is renewed. The Packers’ offense will have to be on its A game if they want to remain atop the NFC North, and you can expect a good night from a guy who may be unknown by many. This player is Packers tight end Andrew Quarless.
Quarless is a fourth-year man from Penn State and has recently stepped into the No. 1 spot for the Packers at tight end after Jermichael Finley went down in Week 7 with a neck injury. The injury to Finley may sideline him for the rest of the season and Quarless may just have to play every snap from here on in.
Last week, Quarless had two receptions for 13 yards, but I expect much more out of him this week. The Bears have not done a good job defending opposing tight ends this season. They are allowing on average just over 70 yards a game to opposing tight ends and have allowed two touchdowns, as well.
Veteran linebacker Lance Briggs will not be on the field to protect the middle and with question marks in the secondary, the Packers will certainly look to exploit the Bears. With Jordy Nelson and Jarrett Boykin occupying much of the coverage, expect Quarless to have a lot of room to operate and have a productive night.
Final projections: five catches, 55 yards and one TD.