Bears' Willie Young focusing on taking down Aaron Rodgers
Chicago Bears OLB Willie Young will need to get after Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers on Thursday.
After a slow start to the season, Chicago Bears outside linebacker Willie Young has recorded five sacks in the last two games. He put on a show against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5 and sacked Andrew Luck three times before knocking down Jacksonville Jaguars signal-caller Blake Bortles twice this past Sunday.
This week Young knows his top priority is to take down Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Young currently sits with 19 tackles and six sacks through six games after recording six sacks in 15 games last year. He has been Chicago's most consistent pass-rusher this season and knows just how good Rodgers is under center.
“He's a heck of a quarterback,” Young said. “I enjoy playing against him. It's a challenge in the pocket to get to him. Pretty poised, I mean, he's Aaron Rodgers, man. There's nothing new here. He's well-rounded, all-around quarterback. There's nothing he can't do, there's no throw that he can't make, and he's going to fight down to the last second.”
Even though Rodgers' numbers are down this season, the veteran quarterback is still a threat whenever the ball is in his hands. He typically is able to get rid of the ball quickly, but he has been sacked 55 times in the last 21 games.
“Aaron Rodgers is Aaron Rodgers," Young said. "We’ll treat him as any other quarterback."
The Bears are currently 12th in the NFL in sacks with 13 and will need Young to go off once again in order for the Bears to have a chance on the road on a short week up in Green Bay.
Even though the Bears sit with a 1-5 record, Young is not giving up hope on the season.
“Yeah, we know that we can compete against any team," Young said. "It’s never a case where we haven’t had an opportunity to win. It’s just closing it out. If I recall, the last time we played them, it came down to the wire. The last second on the clock, it was that type of game."
The two teams last squared off last November on Thursday Night Football on Thanksgiving night, and the Bears came away with a surprising victory. Young sacked Rodgers once that evening, and that former MVP completed just 22 of his 43 passes for 202 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Any hope of making a run at the playoffs appears nearly impossible for the Bears at this point, but Young is taking it one game at a time.
"It’s a division game. It’s a rival game for us," he said. "It’s going to be hostile, Thursday Night Football. The only difference between last week and this week is we’re coming off a short week. They are too.”
The two teams will kickoff at 7:20 p.m. CT on Thursday night on CBS.
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