Even the NFL’s 100th Year Will Start on Thursday night when the Chicago Bears host the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field live on Sky Sports Action and Main Event.
This is what to expect…
Green Bay (6-9-1 last season) eventually forced a head coaching change at the conclusion of last season after 13 years of Mike McCarthy and his crime which had lots of success but ultimately become stale and predictable. Matt LaFleur, who arrives as a Sean McVay’ disciple’ from Tennesee, will at the very least mean defenses won’t understand what to anticipate.
The defense has seen a whole revamp, with all the Packers uncharacteristically spending large in free agency (Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith and Adrian Amos) and incorporating two first-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft (Rashan Gary and Darnell Savage Jr).
Following an eight-year playoff absence, the Bears (12-4) returned the postseason. First-year head trainer Matt Nagy was appointed Mentor of the Year, second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky tripled his passing touchdowns (24) from the year prior and the defense let a league-low 17.7 points. There was at home A first-round playoff depart ultimately a disappointment.
Last season’s breakout signifies Chicago have hefty expectations this year, and how they respond to this reduction of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio (Denver’s new head trainer ) can go a very long way to determining their success. The players are there, however, will Chuck Pagano be able to replicate past year’s sanity?
Everything starts with his goal and Aaron Rodgers Davante Adams, who hauled in 111 moves last year. But the question is will crime look accountable with LaFleur? Will Rodgers be slinging it? What is the program with the running game along with Aaron Jones?
Green Bay also have a secondary using playmakers aplenty. Jaire Alexander was outstanding as a rookie, and rookie Darnell Savage, Adrian Amos and Kevin King Comprise the rest of the back four. Can they produce a game-changing turnover?
Chicago fans may wish to watch Mitchell Trubisky progress further in two using Nagy. Wideout Allen Robinson returned from injury a year ago, but can he return to his 2015 Pro Bowl form entirely healthy?
Rookie is anticipated to have a direct impact, and he could aid.
Then, one of a complete team of studs that are defensive, there’s Khalil Mack. In last year’s opener against the Pack, he handled one sack, one forced fumble, one comeback, an interception and a touchdown. Plus, he added 2.5 sacks at the return fixture. He could win the match for Chicago.
The series record between the two of these is 97-95-6 in favour of the Packers. Last year, the spoils were shared 1-1 with both teams winning by a single score. These groups are hard to separate.
But we are looking for the new Green Bay offense and the way they will take care of the pass-rush that is amazing, handling linebackers and sturdy secondary of Chicago.
The last time the two teams met, Rodgers was stifled – 42 moves were thrown by him with no touchdowns, just 25 completions and one pick – and was shot five times. Top rusher Jamaal Williams managed 55 yards on the floor also.
The attack of laFleur – and he predicts the game against this protection – are the secret to the matchup.