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3 point stance (1)

This Sunday afternoon, the Bears and Packers continue the oldest rivalry in the NFL as they meet up at Soldier Field. With an all time series lead of 95-94-6, the Green Bay Packers look to hold off the favored Chicago Bears on the lakefront as two young quarterbacks try to register a big division win for their team. Can the Bears tie the all time series with promising rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky at the helm or will the Packers find a way to continue their dominance over the Chicago Bears? Let’s break it down.

Matchups (1)
Offense– This week marks the fifth start for rookie QB and first round draft pick Mitchell Trubisky as he faces off against a struggling Green Bay defense. With the Packers giving up 417 total yards to Detroit on Monday night and the Bears having a full two weeks to prepare, I give the Bears offense an edge in this matchup. Expect to see Howard and Cohen run all over Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon. Bears fans should also keep an eye on the new #17 in town, receiver Dontrelle Inman, as he makes his Bears debut. If the coaching staff can take the reigns off of Trubisky, he should top the 200 yard passing mark for the first time in his career. EDGE: BEARS

Defense– To say the Packers offense has struggled the last two and a half games without Aaron Rodgers would be an understatement. Without Rodgers, freshly departed Martellus Bennett, Brian Bulaga on IR, and a young QB making only his 3rd career start, I give the Bears defense a strong shot to make life difficult for the Green Bay offense. With emerging stars Adrian Amos and Eddie Jackson watching the back end and a front seven who have been wreaking havoc throughout most of the season, I look for the Bears defense to be the best eleven on the field on Sunday. EDGE: BEARS

Special Teams– The Bears special teams have been mediocre at best thus far this season. Barth has struggled with his FG percentage but O’Donnell ranks sixth in the league with an average net of 48 yards per punt. Green Bay’s return game has produced little all season but they boast the best kicker in Packer history, Mason Crosby. Cohen can be electrifying but we haven’t seen it enough. EDGE: EVEN
Impact Players (1)

OffenseDontrelle Inman– After a solid 2016 season with 58 catches for 810 yards with the Chargers, Inman steps right into the number one receiver role after the Bears traded a seventh-round draft pick for him just two weeks ago. If he and Trubisky can find chemistry quickly, the Bears passing attack will receive a much needed boost.

DefenseAkiem Hicks– Already tallying seven sacks on the season, if Hicks can disrupt Brett Hundley early Sunday afternoon, it will leave opportunities for young safeties Eddie Jackson and Adrian Amos to make plays on the ball throughout the game.

Special TeamsConnor Barth– Converting on 7 out of 11 field goals this season, Barth has been inconsistent. It’s lining up to be a close game and a made or missed field goal could end up being the difference between a 4-5 Bears team or a 3-6 team heading into week 11.

Keys to Victory (1)

1) Unleash Trubisky. He’s proved he’s ready to take on more, so let the young QB take a few deep shots down the field to keep the defense honest.

2) Pound the rock. Continue to feed the workhorse Jordan Howard to wear down the GB defense.

3) Win the turnover battle. Brett Hundley is not afraid to turn the ball over or give up a huge sack.

Chad's Take (1)

I think week 10 belongs to #10 as Mitchell Trubisky starts a new era in this storied rivalry. The Bears finally open up the offensive playbook for Mitch while Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen continue to move the chains with consistent gains in the run game. The defense roars and continue to make life difficult on Brett Hundley and the Packers offense while Bears fans leave Soldier Field excited about the future. BEARS 27 PACKERS 20

(All stats for this post were provided by espn.com)

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