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Bears vs Packers: A Rivalry Game that Could Make or Break Your Fantasy Championship

Bears vs Packers: A Rivalry Game that Could Make or Break Your Fantasy Championship

The Packers will be at home this week and the word around the locker room coming from Aaron Rodgers is “consistency”. According to Rodgers the team has the pieces to make a deep playoff run. He’s right though about the consistency problem. The Packers have won a variety of ways this season. Whether it’s been because of defense, running the ball, or Rodgers doing his thing, they have all contributed to a win. But when you look more closely at the season the Packers defense hasn’t really been the same since early on in the season. Running the football has been the most consistent thing in the packers offense. In 7 of the 13 games they have ran for over 115 yards but in the other 6 it’s have been under 80 yards. Similar situation for Rodgers as he has had 2 games over 400 yards but 5 games under 200. Not Great. So lack of consistency is the true issue. 

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The team coming into Green Bay and playing on the frozen tundra is the Chicago Bears. The Bears have played well recently winning 4 of their last 5 games. They need a win this week to stay alive for a playoff spot as their chances are dwindling. Trubisky looks more comfortable on offense but the real story is with the play of Allen Robinson. In his last 3 games he’s had a combined 265 yards and 4 TDs. He’s been the focal point of the offense and has made Trubisky look very good these last 3 weeks. The Bears will need these two to continue to connect if they want a chance on Sunday. 


One thing that can’t go unmentioned in this match up is Khalil Mack and the Bears defense. They have given Rodgers and the Packers problems over the past couple of seasons. The Packers are only averaging about 17 points a game over that span. They provide constant pressure, give Rodgers minimal time in the pocket and take away passing lanes. 

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This game is going to be a low scoring battle. Not as low scoring as Week 1 when the Packers narrowly won 10 to 3 but still low scoring. I can see the game coming down to a game winning field goal from either team with a score of 23-20 or some where close to that. 

Keys to Victory

The Packers will need to get the run game going so that they can control the clock and get that Bears defense tired. Putting together long scoring drives will make this possible. Rodgers will need to be turnover free and not take sacks that put the team in long yardage to gain situations.

The Bears need to force turnovers on defense and get their run game going. Forcing turnovers is not an easy task against Rodgers as he has not thrown an interception since Week 6. In order to get the running game going the Bears will need to be physical up front. In Green Bay’s 3 losses (Philly, San Fran, and LAC) their opponent was able to dominant the defense by power running the football. 

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Fantasy Outlook


Play
Packers: Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, Davante Adams
Bears: Allen Robinson, David Montgomery 


Stay
Packers: Jimmy Graham, Geronimo Allison, Marquez Valdez-Scantling
Bears: Mitchell Trubisky, Taylor Gabriel

Surprise Performance 
Packers: Jamaal Williams
Bears: Tarik Cohen 

Bears vs Packers: A Rivalry Game that Could Make or Break Your Fantasy Championship

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