NFL Week 2 Sunday Night Football: Bears vs. Packers

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A clash of NFC North rivals will seize the spotlight on Sunday night as the Bears invade Lambeau Field to take on the winless Packers.

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Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers

Sunday, September 18, 2022 – 08:20 PM EDT at Lambeau Field

Not a whole lot is expected of the Bears this season, but a stunning victory over the 49ers last week has people wondering if they judged this Windy City edition too harshly.

The Bears offense didn’t do much of anything statistically, but Justin Fields did make two of his eight completed passes count with a 51-yard third-quarter strike to Dante Pettis to cut the Niners' lead to 10-7 followed by an 18-yard fourth-quarter toss to Equanimeous St. Brown to go ahead 13-10 (extra point failed).

Khalil Herbert would put the nail in the coffin with a three-yard scamper to cap the score at 19-10 and send the fans at Soldier Field into a frenzy.

But the star of the day was the Bears’ defense that made San Francisco's second-year man, Trey Lance, look like a kid out of an FCS school rather than the highly-touted third overall pick in last year’s draft.

Lance Needs Seasoning

Trey Lance sat behind Jimmy Garoppolo in his rookie year, but this year he gets the keys to the car that the 49ers brass hopes will take them to the promised land. Lance’s stat line was ugly, 13-of-28 for 164 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception.

"We're just going to keep our head up, keep grinding," Lance responded. "It's a long season. Sixteen more of these things in the regular season, so I'm excited for next week. Those guys did a great job upfront. They did a great job. Receivers made a bunch of plays. Running backs made a bunch of plays. I've just got to be better."

To be fair, the field was drenched courtesy of a torrential downpour and the 49ers were penalized a dozen times for a whopping 99 yards versus only 3-for-24 called on the Bears. Everything from the ball to the field was slick and it’s unfair to put the blame solely on the shoulders of the young quarterback out of North Dakota State.

But Fields operated under the same conditions and appeared much more poised than his fellow 2021 first-rounder. He showed flashes of the mobility that made him a star at Ohio State despite the slippery conditions and escaped without throwing a pick against a dangerous 49ers defense.

Pack Sacked in Opening Day Loss

It’s fair to wonder what an elite quarterback would look like with inferior weapons and a porous offensive line. Well, we may have gotten our answer as Aaron Rodgers was without two key offensive linemen and no longer has Devante Adams stretching the field and making defensive secondaries pay. The Packers lost handily to the Vikings, 23-7, and the offense scared no one but those who bet Green Bay as two-point road dogs.

Rodgers was without playmaker Allen Lazard and had to depend on Sammy Watkins, a former No. 4 overall pick that has failed to live up to his lofty billing, to make things happen against Minnesota.

Thirty-two-year-old Randall Cobb is a dependable receiver but won’t cause any sleepless nights for opposing secondaries. Tight end Robert Tonyan had a stellar campaign in 2020 with 11 touchdowns but was derailed by a torn ACL last season and the verdict is out as to how he will perform this season.

To sum up Green Bay’s passing attack, running back AJ Dillon was the leading receiver with five receptions for 46 yards. It was that bad and even the ground game was pedestrian at best. Dillon and Aaron Jones handled a large portion of the workload but combined they didn’t even break the century mark.

Bears vs. Packers: Pick and Prediction

I realize every team has a bad game, but the Packers so woefully underperformed last week that it’s hard to imagine them being the runaway freight train they have been in the past.

Left tackle David Bakhtiari is questionable and if he’s not protecting Rodgers’ blindside then bad things will happen. Allen Lazard is also questionable which means second-round wideout, Christian Watson (another North Dakota state product), will have to get quickly accustomed to life as a go-to receiver in the NFL.

I think this is all a bit much for a team that seems to be flailing without its starting pieces. And even if they do return this week, how healthy and effective will they be? I’m not sold on the Bears, but under this new coaching regime, they are at least playing inspired football.

Green Bay has won and covered their last six meetings with Chicago but even a train stops, and it looks like that next stop is on Sunday night. Grab the points with the Bears.

Scoring Prediction: Packers 24 – Bears 19

NFL Pick: Bears +10 (-108) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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