Written by Justin Knight, who goes by @jjknight16 on the Fantasy Life App and @Justin16Knight on Twitter, respectively.
Thursday Night Football
Chicago Bears (1–5) @ Green Bay Packers (3–2) 8:25 PM (Est)
Arguably the best rivalry in football is set to kick off again this Thursday night. 192. That’s the number of times these teams have met since 1921. The Packers have dominated in recent years winning 12 of the last 15 games against Chicago. But, with a record of 94–92–6. The Bears hold the edge in the series. It’s crunch time (already) for many teams in the NFL. The “Must win” label applies to most games at this point in the season. This game being no different. The Bears are out of the playoff hunt, but the Packers need a win to stay paced with the 1st place Minnesota Vikings.
For the 193rd go around, the Bears lead by Brian Hoyer will travel to Lambeau and take on a sluggish Packers offense. Both sides have been bitten by the injury bug this season. For Green Bay, Eddie Lacy and James Starks are likely out. As well as 3 of there top 4 CBs. On the Bears side. Jay Cutler and Jeremy Langford are out. Kevin White is also out at-least till week 13. Look for both teams to struggle moving the ball on the ground. leading them to air it out. Early and often.
Only 15 points separate these two great teams in there 95 year rivalry. I believe this game will be another close one. Score- Packers- 24 Bears-20
The Good: Alshon Jeffery
Unless you own Jeffery in a PPR format, you’ve been mostly disappointed. On pace for nearly 1300 yards receiving, there’s just one thing missing.. Touchdowns! He has yet found pay-dirt this season, but I expect this to change Thursday. The Packers rank last in fantasy points allowed to apposing wide receivers. Giving up 8 touchdowns through 5 games this season. Roll Jeffery out as a low end WR1 this week.
The Good: Aaron Rodgers
The Packers offense has struggled at times this season, but Rodgers is still averaging 18 points per game ( standard scoring ). He’s uncharacteristically turned the ball over 6 times through 5 games. Look for him to get back on track against the Bears at home in a must win game. Mid range QB1 this week.
The Bad: Jordan Howard
Howard has been nothing short of amazing in his first 3 NFL starts. Averaging over 87 yards rushing (4.87 YPC) , 24 yards receiving and scoring 2 touchdowns. The problem is Green Bay’s run defense. The Packer’s run defense has allowed 1 rushing total over 47 yards, and only 1 rushing TD through 5 games. I’m tempering my expectations for Howard this week. Mid range RB2.
The Ugly: Any Green Bay running back
With Eddie Lacy turning into a game time decision. That leaves the likes of Ty Montgomery, Kniles Davis, Don Jackson, and Randall Cobb to take the backfield duties. With so much unknown, its best to stay away from the situation.