September 25, 2014

Three Key Match Ups That Will Decide Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears

Heading into a week four showdown at Soldier Field, below find three key match ups that will decide the outcome of Sunday’s game.

Kyle Fuller/Tim Jennings vs. Jordy Nelson
This match up pits the Chicago Bears most promising young talent and 14th round selection in the 2014 draft, against the NFL’s second leading wide receiver.
Jordy Nelson catching a pass vs. Chicago Bears
Jennings will likely start on Nelson, but expect Fuller to also be lined up against Nelson at some point. Chicago would be foolish not to follow the Lions’ game plan of taking Nelson out of the game, but that doesn't mean Mike McCarthy won’t have more wrinkles in place to free Nelson. If nothing else, I expect Nelson will draw a little too much attention, opening the door for another Packers WR to have a big day. But is another Packers WR capable of having a big day? Someone else will need to make plays catching the ball from Aaron Rodgers for the Packers to win on the road.
Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett
Packers Linebackers vs. Martellus Bennett
Bennett is Jay Cutler’s safety blanket. He caught two TDs last week, also proving he’s a dangerous red zone threat. With both Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey hobbled, the Packers can’t afford to forget about the Bears athletic tight end. With a few converted defensive lineman now playing linebacker for Green Bay, expect Marc Trestman to attack the middle of the field and challenge the guts of Green’s defense.

Jared Allen vs. Packers’ Tackles
Chicago Bears defensive tackle Jared AllenJared Allen has a long history of terrorizing As a Viking Jared Allen has totaled 15 ½ sacks on Rodgers in just 10 games; in two of those games Allen and 3 and 4 ½ sacks respectively, essentially dominated the Packers offensive line and QB. Allen hasn't put up gaudy numbers this season, but make no mistake, he’s put pressure on QBs and Sunday’s game is just the type of “get-up” game Allen fills up the stat sheet for. If the Packers can keep Allen out the their offensive backfield, Rodgers will have a much better opportunity to make plays down the field.

I’m convinced that whichever team wins the above three battles will have a significantly higher chance of winning the game Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field. So who wins each of the three battles listed? Add your comments below or tweet me at @Titletown_Talk, or post on Facebook.


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