The Green Bay Packers‘ defense has a problem entering a Week 13 matchup with the Chicago Bears.
Last week, the Packers allowed 363 yards and three touchdowns on the ground against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts led the team in rushing with 157 yards at an average of 9.2 yards per attempt.
Whenever Hurts ran, the Packers simply had no answer.
Well, it doesn’t get any easier for Green Bay this week. According to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin, Bears quarterback Justin Fields practiced fully on Friday and is set to return from injury this week against the Packers.
Fields is one of the league’s best rushing quarterbacks and could have a huge game against the Packers’ No. 31 run defense.
Chicago leads the league in rushing offense, and Fields is the main reason why.
In 11 games this season, Fields has rushed for 834 yards and seven touchdowns. That’s more than Aaron Jones. Fields is seventh in the league for rushing yards and no quarterback has more than him.
Fields has been particularly impressive in his most recent performances.
In his past five games, Fields has rushed for 552 yards and six touchdowns, including a 178-yard, one-touchdown performance against the Miami Dolphins in Week 9.
For a defense that had no answers for Jalen Hurts or the Eagles’ rushing attack a week ago, stopping Fields and the Bears on the ground may prove to be a challenge.
The Packers have won 11 of the past 12 games against the Bears at Soldier Field. Their only defeat came back in 2018.
If Joe Barry’s defense can’t show significant improvements from last week and find a way to stop Fields and the Bears’ run game, they could be staring at a rare road loss to their oldest rivals.
Based on how Green Bay’s defense has played this year, I don’t see how they can stop Fields this week.