The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will meet on Sunday Night Football at Lambeau Field for a classic rivalry in the NFC North. I’m getting a little tired of seeing the Bears in primetime games, but at least this is a rivalry game. When I say the Bears, I’m putting most of my angst towards Nick Foles. With Foles struggling and injured, we will get to see Mitch Trubisky on Sunday night.
I can’t say that I’m excited about seeing Trubisky either. In any case, this is a big spot for Trubisky to earn his spot back. If he can’t perform here and earn the trust back of the coaching staff, then Trubisky is not going to be a starting quarterback next year. It would be hard to envision. That only happens if a team is really desperate. The only reason he’s getting another chance is because of how bad Foles has been under center.
Beating the Packers would go a long way for getting some confidence back for Trubisky. Fans have a short memory, so if he wins tonight and bombs his next start, then they will turn on Trubisky just as fast. It was definitely time to shelf Foles and give Trubisky another opportunity, though. He’s the younger of the two and might have more upside than Foles. I would ride with Trubisky and see what he can do for the next month. This is essentially an audition for next year.
I say next year, but the Bears are still in the midst of a playoff battle. If Trubisky leads the Bears to the playoffs, then that will go a long way towards securing a spot next year, somewhere. Trubisky is a free agent, so that magnifies things for him and his wallet. He gets a tough matchup tonight with Aaron Rodgers on the other side for the Packers.
Rodgers and the Packers enter Week 12 with a record of 7-3 for the lead in the NFC North. The Bears are 5-5, so it’s still within the realm of possibility that they can stage a comeback. A win is a must on the road at Lambeau for that to happen. Conversely, the Packers can put the rest of the NFC North on ice with a win. Head below for our free Bears vs. Packers props for November 29, 2020.
Unrelenting offense, unforgiving defense and a whole lot of history.
— Sunday Night Football (@SNFonNBC) November 29, 2020
Darnell Mooney Receptions
The Bears’ offense was lifeless in a 19-13 loss against the Minnesota Vikings. The defense gave them an opportunity to win the game, but Nick Foles was unable to do his part. Foles was horrible with 106 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. Tyler Bray was responsible for orchestrating a last-minute drive to save the Bears.
That didn’t go well, as Bray passed for 18 yards on 1 for 5 passing. Cordarrelle Patterson was their leading contributor on offense. The wide receiver turned running back gained just 30 yards on 2.5 yards per carry. That about says it all for how bad the offense was last week.
Allen Robinson was the only receiver to have a respectable performance. He caught 6 receptions for 43 yard. For him, that isn’t any good, but we’ll go with respectable. Darnell Mooney, who has etched a role with the Bears as a rookie, was silent last week for the Bears. The entire offense was held at a standstill, so Mooney joined everyone else.
Mooney caught 2 receptions for 3 yards. That’s his worst performance of the season and since October 8 against the Buccaneers. Mooney recorded 2 receptions for 15 yards in that outing. Following that game, Mooney had at least 36 yards and 3 receptions in four straight weeks. Prior to the dud against the Vikings, Mooney had 5 receptions for 43 yards versus the Titans. Look for him to get back on track on Sunday. At least 3 receptions should be available for Mooney on Sunday night.
Aaron Jones Receptions
Aaron Jones might not get as much respect as Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams, but he’s a key part of the Packers’ offense. Jones is a dual-threat in the offense. By that I mean Jones has the talent to run the ball out of the backfield effectively, or do his damage through the air as a target for Rodgers. Jones missed some time with an injury, but fortunately, it isn’t anything serious and he didn’t have to sit out for an extended period of time. He’s back in the lineup and helping the offense out nicely.
Jones has gained 534 yards and 6 touchdowns on 4.7 yards per carry this season. He’s also caught 32 receptions for 261 yards and 2 receiving touchdowns in eight games. Jones was targeted often last week against the Indianapolis Colts in a 34-31 loss. He made 4 receptions for 30 yards in the overtime loss. This was after Jones hauled in 5 receptions for 49 yards the previous week versus the Jaguars. In his previous three starts, Jones has made 14 receptions. In six of eight games, Jones has registered at least 4 receptions. I’m looking in that direction for a prop on Sunday night.
Aaron Rodgers Passing Yards
Aaron Rodgers was effective last week, but he didn’t have enough to lead the Packers to a win in overtime over the Indianapolis Colts. The opportunities were there for the Packers to win. However, they were unable to capitalize late in regulation. While the Packers were losers, they are still in control of the NFC North with a record of 7-3. Rodgers has been the catalyst for the Packers, naturally.
He’s passed for 29 yards and 4 touchdowns with 68.2% completion. Rodgers has also connected for 2,889 passing yards. Note that Rodgers has passed for at least 300 yards in three straight games. He’s thrown more than 285 yards in four straight games, dating back to a 291-yard performance on November 1 against the Vikings. After the loss last week, anticipate a big performance for Rodgers at home against a divisional foe on Sunday night.