Opponent spotlight: Packers must avoid Bears Willie Young
Willie Young has six sacks on the year.
The Green Bay Packers can't dwell on the loss to the Dallas Cowboys for very long because they have to face the Chicago Bears on Thursday night. And while the Bears have only won one of their first six games of the year, they will be more than ready to play the Packers.
And that's why the Packers need to do everything they can to stop outside linebacker Willie Young.
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There hasn't been too many bright spots in the Bears 2016 season, but Young has definitely been a very nice surprise. He leads the team in sacks with six despite not being a regular starter, and five of those sacks came in the last two games.
Young is on pace to record 17 sacks this season which would be a career high. The most sacks he's ever recorded in a season is 10 which was in 2014, his first season with the Bears after spending his first four seasons with the Detroit Lions. Young made the switch from defensive end to outside linebacker last year and was able to record 6.5 sacks in 15 games with eight starts.
Here's a look at young recording his fifth sack of the year.
Young might be a linebacker, but he has a defensive end mentality when it comes to rushing the passer. However, his production on the field has not resulted into wins for the Bears.
“It’s never frustrating. I enjoy playing defense. That’s what I get paid to do, along with the rest of my brothers on defense,” the outside linebacker said per NWITimes.com. “I enjoy being on the field.”
And he will enjoy being on the field on Thursday because the Bears will face their arch rivals at Lambeau Field. The Packers offensive line has done a really good job protecting Aaron Rodgers this season, as he has only been sacked nine times through six games. But they know that Young has to ability to disrupt the backfield, so it's essential for the Packers to know where Young is at all times on Thursday.
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