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Video: Bears Can’t Finish, Fall to the Packers 21-13 to Fall to 7-7

The Bears had their shots on Sunday, but in the end they came up short, getting beat by the Packers in Lambeau Field by a final of 21-13.

Here’s the highlights:

The Chicago Bears versus the Green Bay Packers Game Preview

by Bryan Dietzler

The Chicago Bears, who are coming off a huge win against the Dallas Cowboys last Thursday night, will take on their division rival, the Green Bay Packers this Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Packers are coming off a 20-15 win against the lowly Washington Redskins. This is their second game against one another as they met in Week one. Green Bay won that game 10-3.

The Packers have been leading the NFC North for most of the year and need a win to help cement themselves as the leader in the division. The Packers could be going places.

The Bears, on the other hand, have struggled after having so much promise to start the year. While they have very slim playoff hopes, if they can win and get some help, it’s more likely that they are going to be sitting on the sidelines this post-season watching the Packers play. But that’s not to say that the Bears aren’t good. They have gotten much better and have a chance to chip away at the Packer’s playoff hopes.

How do both teams stack up? Let’s look at the numbers and see how they compare against one another. Who will come out the victor in this game?

Let’s find out.

Bears on Offense

The Bears offense was quite a bit better Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys, and it has been progressively getting better as the last few games have worn on. Granted, the numbers are still low but that’s due to the slow start that the Bears had and the inconsistency in the middle of their schedule.

Things are looking up, though.

Chicago is ranked 26th in the league in points per game averaging 18.7. This is up a little bit due to the points explosion they had last week (their highest points output of the year). The Green Bay Packers defense is allowing teams to score an average of 20.8 points which is 13th. This Bears team is improving week to week and I would expect them to continue that improvement this weekend against the Green Bay Packers.

Chicago upped its yardage total a little bit. They are still ranked 29th gaining just 289.5 yards per game but, as we have seen, they can put up some yards. Green Bay’s defense is 22nd in the league allowing 367.9 yards per game. The Bears should be able to get some yardage and keep the game interesting. Hopefully, with the help of their defense, they can keep ahead of the Packers and win this game.

The passing stats haven’t been as good as Bears’ fans would like them to be. It wasn’t until recently when the Bears finally got their passing game going so it’s not showing, so much, in the rankings. The Bears are ranked 28th in passing yards averaging just 204.6 yards per game. That’s low but the last couple of games have been breakout games for the passing offense, led by quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. He must have gained some of his confidence because he looked good against the Cowboys. But how will he look against Green Bay?

The Packers’ defense is allowing teams to throw for an average of 245.1 yards per game which is 21st in the league. While the Packers defense looks stout when you watch them, on paper, they aren’t as stout as one might think. The Bears need to take advantage of what the Packers could give them Sunday and air the ball out. It will go a long way towards helping them move the ball down the field and score points.

Finally, there is the Bears’ much-maligned rushing attack. It got a bit of a boost last Thursday as the Bears, including both David Montgomery and Trubisky, got it going on the ground and moved the ball effectively. Granted, the Bears still rank in the doldrums of rushing averaging just 84.8 yards per game which is good for 29th but they have the weapons to have a breakout game against the Packers.

Green Bay’s rushing defense is allowing teams to gain an average of 122.8 yards on the ground. This means that the Bears should be able to run on the Packer’s defense. That, of course, is if they plan to get the running game going, which they should. It’s essential that they control the ball and the clock and keep the ball out of Aaron Rodgers’s hands.

Bears on Defense

The Bears defense has been stout, for the most part, this season and continued to be that way against the league’s number one offense last Thursday night. Can they match wits with the Packers offense and slow them down?

Let’s look at the numbers and find out.

When it comes to points allowed, the Bears are giving up just 17.8 points per game which is 4th in the NFL. That’s a tough defense. The Green Bay Packers are scoring an average of 23.8 points per game which is 13th. The Packers can put up a lot of points in a hurry and the Bears need to be wary of what they can do. They always play the Packers tough but the Packers play tough as well. I would expect the score to be low because Chicago’s defense isn’t going to allow Rodgers and company to score a lot on them.

Total yards is always an interesting stat. The Packers’ offense is gaining 340.1 yards per game, total, which ranks them as 23rd in the NFL. Chicago’s defense is 10th in the NFL allowing 326.5 yards per game. If the Bears can hold the Packers while their offense gets going, the Bears could easily win this game.

The passing game is where the Packers have found their bread and butter, for the most part, but they have gotten some production out of the running game. They are averaging 107 yards per game on the ground while the Bears are allowing just 96.3 yards per game. The Packers are ranked 17th in the league rushing the football while the Bears are ranked seventh against the rush.

If the Bears can tighten up their rush defense, this could be a tough game for the Packers on the ground. And that’s exactly what the Bears need.

Finally, Chicago’s pass defense is an area that has been one of decent strength for them this year. They are currently allowing 230.2 yards per game through the air which is good for 13th. The Green Bay Packers have been gaining 233.1 yards per contest making them 16th. These numbers are interesting because you would get the impression that, with Aaron Rodgers, the Packers would be explosive in the passing game. But that has not been the case this year.

Rodgers has been somewhat pedestrian. Hopefully, the Bears can take advantage of that.

Injury Update

The following are the players that are listed on the injury report as of Thursday this week:

Chicago Bears

Ben Braunecker-TE-Concussion-Did not practice (he is now on IR)

Taylor Gabriel-WR-Concussion-Did not practice and is out.

Bobby Massie-OT-Ankle-Did not practice and won’t play.

Danny Trevathan-LB-Elbow-Did not practice and won’t play.

Javon Wims-WR-Knee-Did not practice.

Roy Robertson-Harris-DE-Foot-Did not practice.

Prince Amukamara-DB-Hamstring-Amukamara practiced in full and should be good to go.

Cordarrelle Patterson-WR-Hamstring-Patterson was limited in practice this week.

Green Bay Packers

Davante Adams-WR-Toe-Was limited in practice this week.

Geronimo Allison-WR-Knee-Allison was limited in practice.

Tony Brown-CB-Heel-Practiced in full.

Bryan Bulaga-OT-Veterans Rest-He was limited in practice this week.

Jimmy Graham-TE-Wrist-He was limited in practice this week.

Kevin King-CB-Shoulder-Limited in practice.

Marcedes Lewis-TE-Veteran Rest-He was limited in practice this week.

Blake Martinez-LB-Hand-Practiced in full this week.

Billy Turner-G/T-Knee-Limited in practice.

Danny Vitale-FB-Calf-Limited in practice this week.

Tramon Williams-CB-Veteran Rest-He was limited in practice this week.

Josh Jackson-CB-Personal-Did not practice one day this week.

Summary

The Bears and Packers rivalry is renewed again. Both teams are hungry for a playoff berth but the Bears maybe just a little too far out of it to get into the postseason. But they still have a lot to play for and are playing very well right now. It’s likely that this game will come down to the play of the defenses and the Bears have the better of the two. If the offense, in particular, Mitchell Trubisky, doesn’t make too many mistakes, the Bears should win this game.

Score Prediction

Chicago 21 Green Bay 17

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Bears in Fear That the Season for LB Roquan Smith Could Be Over

The rest of the 2019 season for Bears linebacker Roquan Smith is in jeopardy, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN reports.

Smith, Chicago’s leading tackler, suffered what is believed to be a significant pectoral injury in the first quarter of the Bears’ 31-24 victory over the Cowboys on Thursday.

“We’ll get more details in the next couple of days, [but] it doesn’t look real good for him,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said after the game.

Smith made contact with Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott as he crossed the goal line to cap Dallas’ opening 17-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Kevin Pierre-Louis replaced Smith on defense for the remainder of the game.

“It could be a big loss,” Nagy said. “The way that Roquan has been playing the last couple of weeks, he’s been flying around and making plays. You just love that confidence that he’s bringing to the defense.

“The depth that [the front office] has created on their roster allows guys like Kevin Pierre-Louis to step up and make plays. You feel bad for Roquan, but we know we have guys that can fill in. It’s a good thing to have that depth.”

Trubisky Throws for Three Scores and Runs for One as Bears Overcome Cowboys 31-24

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky had his best game of 2019 on Thursday night as he threw for three scores and ran in another as the Bears overcame an early 7-0 deficit to top the slumping Cowboys 31-24 on the national stage on Thursday night Football. The win puts Chicago at 7-6 on the season.

Here’s the highlights of the win:

The Chicago Bears versus the Dallas Cowboys Game Preview

by Bryan Dietzler

The Chicago Bears, coming off a close win against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving will play host to the Dallas Cowboys this Thursday night at Soldier Field. Dallas was beaten by the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving and will be looking to get back on track and keep their lead in the NFC East. The Bears, at 6-6 are looking to continue their winning streak and keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

Can they get a third straight win?

We will find out as we take a quick look at the Bears’ game this Thursday night versus the Cowboys. We will look at the numbers that these teams are putting up to compare both as well as look at the players that might factor into what happens in this game.

Bears on Offense

The Bears offense came to life, somewhat, in their game against the Lions on Thanksgiving. They crept up the stat sheet in terms of overall production and, at the least, looked a little bit better than they did in previous weeks. As it stands right now, when it comes to scoring offense, the Bears are averaging 17.7 points per game which is good for 27th in the league. Dallas’s scoring defense is holding teams to an average of 19.7 points which is 9th in the league.

Yardage has been hard to come by for the Bears over the past few games until they played the Lions and managed to gain quite a few yards against them. Chicago is ranked 29th in the league gaining 281.8 yards per game. The Dallas Cowboys defense has been giving up 321.6 yards per game which is good for 6th in the league. The Bears have some room to gain some yardage against the Dallas defense and need to do so in order to win this game.

Chicago’s passing game has been a huge problem for them this season. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has been very ineffective at times but not all of that is his fault. Poor offensive line play drops by the wide receivers and some odd play-calling have contributed to the issues that he has suffered from. It’s not all his fault but a good part of it is.

The Bears are 28th in the league averaging 202.4 yards per game through the air. Not that good by any means is it? The Bears are going to need to put it together in order to beat the Cowboys on Thursday night and they are going to need a strong passing game in order to keep up with Dallas. Will the Bears be able to get their passing going against the Cowboys? They better or it’s going to be a long game.

Rushing the ball has been a problem for the Bears all season as well. They just cannot seem to get their rushing attack going and this has caused them trouble. The Bears are currently ranked 28th in the league rushing the football averaging 79.3 yards per game. There is some good news for the Bears though as the Cowboys are allowing 106.4 yards per game on the ground. That makes them 16th in the league currently.

If Chicago’s defense can really hold the Cowboys down, then the offense needs to do just enough to win. It’s possible.

Bears on Defense

Speaking of defense, let’s look at the Bears defense and the Cowboys offense, statistically. The Bears are doing very well on defense but do suffer breakdowns every now and then. However, the Bears are strong but will be going up against a strong offense on Thursday.

The Bears’ scoring defense is ranked 4th in the league allowing just 17.3 points per game. That’s going to go a long way towards helping them win. But Dallas’ scoring offense is no joke. The Cowboys are scoring an average of 25.8 points per game which is 8th in the league. Chicago has been able to keep teams in check, for the most part, but will need some help from their offense to stay in this game.

When it comes to yards allowed, Chicago’s defense is allowing teams to gain an average of 319.7 yards which is seventh in the league. They will be facing the number one offense, in terms of yards as Dallas is gaining 432.8 yards per game. This is going to be a true challenge for the Bears.

The Cowboys passing game is ranked first in the league averaging 305.2 yards per game. The Bears’ defense, which is ranked 9th allowing 222.2 yards per game, will have its work cut out for it this Thursday. The Bears need to get pass pressure on Dak Prescott and force him into making mistakes. This can be done, and good defenses have put the hammer down on Prescott. Can the Bears keep him from passing the ball all over them?

Ezekiel Elliot leads the Cowboys rushing attack which is getting 127.6 yards per game. That’s good for 8th in the league. Chicago’s defense is giving up 97.5 yards per game which is 7th. The Bears cannot afford to let Elliot and company run all over them. If they do, thus controlling the ball and the clock, the Bears will lose this game for sure. And they cannot afford to do that.

Injury Update

The following is a look at the players who are injured on both sides heading into this game.

Chicago Bears

Prince Amukamara-CB-Hamstring-Has not practiced and may not play Thursday.

Ben Braunecker-TE-Concussion-Has not practiced yet this week and will not play.

Taylor Gabriel-WR-Concussion-Has not practiced this week and will not play.

Bobby Massie-OT-Ankle-Massie didn’t practice and won’t be playing in the game on Thursday.

Danny Trevathan-LB-Elbow-Trevathan has not practiced and is doubtful for the game.

Bilal Nichols-DT-Knee-He has been limited in practice.

Dallas Cowboys

Michael Bennett-DE-Foot-Limited in practice.

Randall Cobb-WR-Illness-Cobb was limited in practice.

La’el Collins-OT-Knee-Was limited in practice.

Amari Cooper-WR-Knee-Cooper practiced in full and should start Thursday.

Jeff Heath-S-Shoulder-He didn’t participate in practice and may not play on Thursday.

Byron James-CB-Hip-He practiced in full this week.

Sean Lee-LB-Pectoral/Non-injury-Lee did not practice this week yet.

Zack Martin-G-Elbow-Martin has practiced on a limited basis this week.

Tyron Smith-OT-Achilles-He was limited in practice this week.

Darian Thompson-S-Arm-Thompson was limited in practice this week.

Leighton VanderEsch-LB-Neck-He has not practiced this week and won’t play on Thursday.

Antwaun Woods-DT-Knee-Did not practice this week.

Tony Pollard-RB-Ankle-Has not practiced this week.

This is going to be a very interesting game. I think that the Bears can win, but will they? As long as their defense doesn’t suffer any breakdowns and plays tight, they will keep it close. If the offense can keep up with Dallas as well then, they can win this game. But I think that the Bears are going to fall just short of winning. I think that they lose a close one and begin gearing up for next year.

Dallas 21 Chicago 13

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NFL Week 13 Inactives – Bears vs Lions

Week 13 in the NFL gets underway early today, as the Bears and Lions do battle on Thanksgiving to start the first game of the week.

Here’s today’s inactives for this afternoon’s game.

Bears:

DE Abdullah Anderson
TE Ben Braunecker
WR Taylor Gabriel
OT Bobby Massie
S Sherrick McManis
TE Adam Shaheen
LB Danny Trevathan

Lions:

OG Oday Aboushi
CB Jamal Agnew
OG Beau Benzschawel
DT Damon Harrison
CB Mike Jackson
CB Rashaan Melvin
QB Matthew Stafford

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