What to watch for: Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
Aaron Rodgers looks to bounce back on Thursday.
In two days, the Green Bay Packers will square off against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. And with both teams coming off disappointing losses, Thursday's game should be very competitive because both team's backs are against the wall.
But the Packers really can't afford to lose another game because with the Minnesota Vikings still undefeated, the Packers need to keep up with the Vikings if they want to take back the NFC North crown. So here's a look at what to watch for when the Packers face the Bears.
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It was another rough day for Aaron Rodgers in the Packers 30-16 loss vs. the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. On paper, Rodgers stats were okay as he completed over 70 percent of his passes and threw for 294 yards and one touchdown. However, he also committed two costly turnovers and he looked erratic specifically in the first half.
So far this season, Rodgers has completed 60 percent of his passes, has thrown for 1,170 yards, 10 touchdowns, four interceptions and has registered a passer rating of 88.4. Those are not typical Rodgers numbers and he needs to find a way to get back on track this Thursday.
New running backs
Because of this, the Packers have reportedly added two running backs to the roster. The Packers have traded a conditional late-round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for veteran Knile Davis and the Packers also signed Don Jackson from the practice squad to the active roster.
Davis has a lot of speed that can also return kicks.Jackson has not played in one NFL snap and he was signed by the Packers during the offseason. However, he suffered an injury before training camp and was cut from the team. Jackson was then signed to the Packers practice squad in September.
Defense bounce back
The Packers run defense got gashed by the Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott as he ran for over 130 yards. The Packers defenders were upset about the performance because going into the game the Packers have only surrendered 171 rushing yards in the team's first four games.
"We let them come in here and prove that they are who everybody thinks they are. That’s what pisses me off the most," Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels said after the game against the Cowboys per Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
And things won't get any easier for the Packers defense as they have to face Jordan Howard on Thursday who like Elliott is averaging five yards per carry. However, with players like Daniels, Nick Perry and Clay Matthews on the roster, those guys will make sure nothing like the debacle on Sunday will ever happen again.
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