Five Bears to Watch: Week 7 vs. the Green Bay Packers

Five Bears to Watch: Week 7 vs. the Green Bay Packers
The Bears travel to Green Bay on Thursday night. Here are the five players to watch, from top to bottom: WR Alshon Jeffery, S Adrian Amos, TE Zach Miller, DL Jonathan Bullard, RB Ka'Deem Carey

Aaron Rodgers is struggling. Brian Hoyer is playing really well.

Those are two storylines from around the NFL over the last few weeks. Neither are necessarily true. Rodgers will always be a dangerous quarterback especially against the Bears, a team that punishes over and over. As for Hoyer, his numbers are very deceiving.

The Bears offense ranks seventh in the NFL in yards per game (375.2) but last in points per game (16.8).

Regardless, Bears-Packers always represents a fun matchup. While most people will be watching Game 5 of the NLCS as the Cubs battle the Dodgers, there is still football going on.

This marks the 193rd matchup of all-time between the two NFC North foes. The Packers have dominated winning 12 of the last 15 meetings dating back to 2009.

Injuries are again an issue for the Bears.

However, Green Bay will likely be without some key players as Damarious Randall, Eddie Lacy, Quinten Rollins and Chris Banjo were at practice but didn’t participate. Davante Adams, James Starks, Jared Cook and Sam Shields also didn’t prctice. Shields was placed on injured reserve with a concussion.

Here are five players donning the orange and blue that you should watch on Thursday night.

WR Alshon Jeffery

The Bears did a good job of getting Alshon Jeffery going early in Sunday’s loss to Jacksonville, but again Brian Hoyer went away from the team’s No. 1 wideout in the second half. Jeffery was held to one catch.

Yes, rookie defensive back Jalen Ramsey contained Jeffery, but it is time to get him the ball even more. Jeffery is playing angry and that should be a boost for the Bears offense. Target this guy in the redzone against a banged up Packers secondary. Look for No. 17 to have a huge night at Lambeau Field.

S Adrian Amos

Second-year safety Adrian Amos still doesn’t have an interception in 22 career starts, but over the last four weeks, he has a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He routinely comes up with big hits in games and his counterpart Harold Jones-Quartey did his best imitation against the Jaguars.

You might as well call Amos and Jones-Quartey the “Smash Bros.” They know how to hit and they timed some of those tackles nicely to knock out balls. Now, it is time to force turnovers and come up with interceptions. The Bears’ defense needs it.

TE Zach Miller

Last season, the Bears upset Green Bay on the road 17-13 and Zach Miller caught a three-yard touchdown in that game. He may have been held to two catches for 10 yards in that win, but Miller’s score was crucial.

He had five touchdowns last season and already has three in six games. The Bears need to look for him in the redzone. Hoyer has leaned on Miller to pick up first downs and stretch the middle of the field, but at 6’5″, the 32-year-old Miller is a key piece of the goal line offense that deserves more looks.

DL Jonathan Bullard

It has been an up and down start to Jonathan Bullard’s pro career. Through five games, the rotational lineman has seven tackles and a sack. Outside of his three-tackle, one sack performance against the Colts two weeks ago, he has four total tackles.

Bullard is a guy the Bears want to assess as they look for future starters at defensive end. He has disappeared from games and missed a few tackles. But, Bullard is a finesse rusher and someone who can get in the backfield in a hurry. The best is yet to come from the third round rookie.

RB Ka’Deem Carey

Coming into Week 6, third-year running back Ka’Deem Carey had 28 total yards on six touches. On Sunday, he rushed nine times for 50 yards with a long of 16. Even though, he dropped a gimme pass that would have picked up a third down, Carey performed well pacing rookie Jordan Howard.

Look for Howard to get the bulk of the carries to open the game, but Carey has carved out a role with Jeremy Langford (ankle) on the shelf. Carey will see plenty of snaps against a Packers defense that just allowed nearly 200 rushing yards, 191 to be exact against Dallas.

Who will you be watching on Thursday?

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