3 players Packers must shut down vs. Bears in Week 14

Green Bay Packers, Eric Stokes (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Eric Stokes (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

The Green Bay Packers play the Chicago Bears for the second time in the 2021 campaign in Week 14 but will be playing a much different team than they did in Week 6.

Justin Fields has made some improvements to his game since that outing at Soldier Field, but the team has also lost some key players to injury as well.

In addition, the Packers could see some faces suit up that we haven’t seen in a while after the bye week — including All-Pro CB Jaire Alexander.

Nonetheless, let’s take a look at the three players the Pack need to shut down in Week 14 to secure a victory.

WR Darnell Mooney

Darnell Mooney was on my list of players to shut down in the Packers/Bears first meeting of the season, and he’s seemingly only gotten better since then. With Allen Robinson’s future in doubt, Mooney is the clear number one guy for the Bears’ passing attack. He leads the team in nearly every category possible, including targets, receptions, yards, and touchdowns.


Mooney did catch a touchdown in Week 6, so hopefully the Packers can prevent that this time around.

LB Robert Quinn

With Khalil Mack being sidelined for the rest of the year, Robert Quinn is the clear-cut focus when it comes to stopping the pass rush. Quinn, despite missing a game, has 12.0 sacks on the season and was even out-playing Mack when he was on the field.

There isn’t another “successful” pass rusher on the team, so if the Packers double-team Quinn, he should be a non-factor.

RB David Montgomery

Khalil Herbert was the starting running back in Week 6, but David Montgomery returned from injury shortly after that game and has been very good ever since. Between averaging 4.2 yards a carry and being a solid passing option out of the backfield, Montgomery is a threat and needs to be taken as such.

Considering Herbert averaged 5.1 yards per carry and scored a touchdown in the two teams’ previous clash, the running game in general needs to be a main focus for the Packers.