Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers

Overview

The Green Bay Packers (3-2) host the Chicago Bears (1-5) in one of the oldest division rivalries in the NFL. Both teams come in dealing with injuries on both sides of the ball, making the starting lineups in this matchup quite different than either had planned.

 

Home Stat Crew

Green Bay’s stat crew is a middle-of-the-road option for IDP tackle value. Both and Chicago and Green Bay’s IDPs should see about normal production, which isn’t saying much since due to injuries and rotations, there hasn’t been much consistent production outside of a few main IDPs. Those guys should be solid for you in this matchup, however.

 

Matchups to Watch

Green Bay run game vs. Chi LBs

Both Jerrell Freeman and Danny Trevathan have been solid against the run (though Trevathan just recently rejoined his teammates after recovering from injury), and their game prep probably just changed dramatically. It appears as both Green Bay RBs Eddie Lacy and James Starks will miss this matchup, leaving the backfield duties to an odd mix of Aaron Ripkowski, Ty Montgomery, Randall Cobb, and the newly acquired Knile Davis (all who have taken snaps in the backfield, though Davis has yet to do it with his new team). Although that’s quite a diverse skill set to prepare for, Freeman and Trevathan will probably gladly take that combo over seeing Lacy truck at them all game.

 

Morgan Burnett vs. Zach Miller

Ever since Brian Hoyer took over the reins of the Bears offense, Miller’s usage has seen a boost. He’s seen at least 8 targets in three of the last four games, and has 7 red zone targets over that stretch (resulting in 3 TDs). In particular, Miller has been targeted 18 times in the last two games, so he’s clearly a big part of the Bears offense now. Even though the Packers secondary needs reinforcements, Burnett will likely be on Miller in Nickel and Dime packages. Burnett is always a good bet for putting up tackle production, but he should be busier than usual trying to contain Miller.

 

Akiem Hicks/Willie Young vs. Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers has had a tough time staying upright these days. His O-line is getting hammered, as DLs are averaging almost 2 sacks per game along with 15 tackles. The Packers are the #1 team for giving it up to opposing DLs, which puts Hicks in prime position to do damage. Although Young is an OLB, he’s essentially lining up against the edge of this leaky O-line, so he can snag that production as well.

 

Worth Starting

Defensive Linemen

Akiem Hicks (DE, Chi)

 

Linebackers

Jerrell Freeman (ILB, Chi)

Danny Trevathan (ILB, Chi)

 

Defensive Backs

Morgan Burnett (SS, GB)

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (FS, GB)

 

Worth Considering

Defensive Linemen

None.

 

Linebackers

Willie Young (OLB, Chi)

Nick Perry (OLB, GB)

Jake Ryan (ILB, GB)

 

Defensive Backs

Harold Jones-Quartey (SS, Chi)

Adrian Amos (FS, Chi)

Micah Hyde (S, GB)

 

Worth a Shot if You Need Them

Defensive Linemen

Datone Jones (DE, GB)

 

Linebackers

Sam Acho (OLB, Chi)

Clay Matthews (OLB, GB)

Blake Martinez (ILB, GB)

 

Defensive Backs

Jacoby Glenn (CB, Chi)