Chicago Bears: 5 Things to Watch for in Week 4

On Thursday, all eyes will be on Lambeau Field when the Packers and Bears face off in the first game of Week Four to see how the next stage of the protest plays out.

The NFC North race is wide open at this early stage. "Just play football, and play the game, and entertain us", said Don Larson of Eau Claire.

This will be a tough matchup however as the Bears have given up the 12th fewest fantasy points to running backs this season and that includes matchups with Devonta Freeman and Le'Veon Bell.

Through three games so far, Rodgers has 967 yards, six scores and three interceptions, and Montgomery leads the Green Bay rushers with 124 yards and two scores on 41 attempts. Since the National Football League adapted new practice rules with the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, in-season practices are limited even more. They signed Demps in free agency to help end their problems defending deep, but are back to relying on Amos at one safety spot. With that said, the running game needs to be utilized in order to accomplish the next part of the game-plan...

Later Tuesday night, the Packers furthered Rodgers's comments, saying in the statement that coaches and staff would join them. Through three weeks the Bears offense has averaged 65.3 snaps per contest, while the Packers offense has averaged an even 76.

It is hard to beat the Green Bay Packers if Aaron Rodgers passes over you for 300+ yards and three touchdowns, like he has done to the Bears many times.

Most of all, the Bears will miss Quintin Demps' leadership out on the field.

But those issues pale in comparison to what the Packers have going on today at offensive tackle. Week 1 saw the Packers dominate the Seahawks in a 17-9 victory. If they don't it could be a long day. On third-and-10 in OT, Rodgers found Geronimo Allison open for a 72-yard gain to set up the winning field goal. All was not well when it came to breaking down the highs and lows from the game. While they ultimately lost 34-24, it was still an impressive turnaround.

Over on the Packers' side, they're now 2-1 this season following a loss to Atlanta sandwiched between wins over Seattle and Cincinnati. There's clearly a trend forming here. The NFL should find a way to encourage other teams to come up with a similar strategy that sends the desired message without distracting from it by giving those who defend the anthem a basis for complaining. Got to close the game out.

Rodgers has been the NFC's best quarterback for almost a decade, and no one is more familiar with that fact than the Bears.

He plays like a guy comfortable strolling through the Art Institute, while the Bears simply play a short stroll away from that civic treasure.

Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday the team would continue to lock arms in solidarity during the national anthem as President Donald Trump unleashed a fresh blast against NFL protesters.

  • Julie Sanders