Packers: Five bold predictions vs. Bears in Week 15

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1. Khalil Mack doesn’t get a sack

Khalil Mack is one of the best edge rushers in football, but he won’t make a sack this week. The Packers didn’t give up a sack to Mack in the season opener and the same will happen again on Sunday.

The Packers have one of the best pass-protecting offensive lines in the NFL. According to ESPN, Green Bay has a league-best 70 percent pass block win rate. David Bakhtiari ranks second among tackles in that category, Corey Linsley first among centers, and Elgton Jenkins third among guards. That’s a top-three player in pass block win rate at every position.

Mack will already have a tough matchup on the edge against either Bakhtiari or Bryan Bulaga, but Matt LaFleur may also decide to give his tackles some help against Mack. The Bears defense is without Roquan Smith and potentially Danny Trevathan, who didn’t practice on Wednesday and has missed four games this season. That will allow the Packers to double-team Mack if necessary.

As long as Jimmy Graham isn’t asked to block Mack, I think the Packers will do a good job up front in pass protection.

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Mack is an All-Pro talent, but he won’t make the same impact at Lambeau Field as he did last season.