The Packers and Bears will do battle yet again tonight in Lambeau Field, and tonight is a key game and possibly a game that could define the season for Green Bay, who have had so many issues on offense it’s hard to know the future for this franchise.
2016 was supposed to be a season in which Green Bay was supposed to be unstoppable. With a returning Jordy Nelson on offense, and a defense that was supposed to be better, the Pack was supposed to be a challenger in the NFC for the conference title.
Instead, they are looking up at the Minnesota Vikings after six weeks of play, and after a rather awful home loss to the Dallas Cowboys this last Sunday, there’s a lot more questions than answers about this team.
A lot of the blame seems to be starting with two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers, who has been average at best thus far in 2016. Since the team was 6-0 last season, Rodgers has done little to resemble the player that took the Packers through the NFC to win the Super Bowl six seasons ago.
In his last 15 games, Rodgers is 24th among 30 qualifying QBs in passing YPG (233.3), 25th in passer rating (84.0) and last in completion percentage (58.1).
It’s been forever since he’s had a 300-yard game (14 straight), and right now he’s being outplayed by fellow NFC North QB’s like Brian Hoyer, Sam Bradford and even Matthew Stafford.
Can Rodgers get on track against the Bears? They are a pass defense that has little to offer, and this game may fall right into the hands of the quarterback finally getting back on track.
One of the other issues is the run game for Green Bay, as Eddie Lacy will need ankle surgery and will be placed on injured reserve and James Starks is slated to miss several weeks with ankle and knee injuries.
The team made a deal for Kansas City running back Knile Davis, but it’s hard to think he’ll have much of an impact on the Packers offense this quickly.
The Bears have allowed 72.7 rush YPG in the last three games, and it’s not likely the Pack will do any better than that tonight in the prime time showdown.
According to BestOnlineSportsbooks.info the Pack are still a touchdown favorite to win, but it’s hard to think they will be able to outscore the Bears, who have been playing competitive ball most of the season.
So can the Pack finally get on track at home tonight? It’s all going to fall on Rodgers, who hasn’t been the same as of late, but has a chance to right the teams wrongs as he tries to get the team to 4-2 tonight in what is going to be another tough NFC North matchup.