The Green Bay Packers’ offense has been in a bit of a funk lately. Two weeks ago against the Giants, they finally pulled away late after the defense gifted them with some turnovers in the second half. Last week against Washington, they started hot then got ice cold. And the team posted fewer than 200 yards in each of their two California road trips, sandwiched around a 24-point performance at home against Carolina and a bye week.
That comes as a frustrating surprise after performances with 42 and 31 points against the Raiders and Chiefs, respectively, games that saw the offense put up 481 and 374 yards.
But another issue arises this week, as the Packers are hosting a team that kept them to just 213 yards and ten points in week one. In that game, the Bears’ defense smothered Aaron Rodgers and company, sacking Aaron Rodgers five times and hitting him twice more. The primary reason why the Packers were able to win that game was their own suffocating defense, which kept the Bears to just a field goal, sacked Mitchell Trubisky five times as well, and came up with a huge late interception to seal the win.
This week, the Packers’ offense must be more effective and efficient when they host the Bears, regardless of which Chicago players are on the shelf with injuries. Not surprisingly, given those sack numbers and the team’s paltry 47 rushing yards, the offensive line is a group that must play better on Sunday for the Packers to emerge with a victory.
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