The Bears aren't just starting a new season - they're starting a new season facing the rival Packers at Lambeau Field on national television. Run-pass option looks are created to put the ball in Howard's hands moving downhill, and the Packers allowed 112.1 rushing yards per game in 2017.
Pressure will be the biggest difference maker in this game, and the Bears appear to have the advantage, but Aaron Rodgers is the NFL's best at handling it, and quite frankly, we have no idea exactly who Mitch Trubisky is yet.
Mack, who missed all of training camp and the preseason because of his contract dispute with the Raiders, was coy with reporters Wednesday when asked about his availability against the Packers, saying, "You'll see on Sunday - under the lights".
For the Packers, Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark are capable of beating any of the Bears' tackles or guards, but both are inconsistent. He had six catches for 122 yards, and a 72-yard catch-and-run on third down in OT to set up a winning field goal in an early-season win against the Bengals.
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Rodgers missed nine games last season thanks to a fractured collarbone, but the Packers still made him the highest-paid player in National Football League history this offseason, with a four-year, $134 million extension.
Kizer connects with Cobb for a 29-yard gain.
The Packers are at their best when they can force the defense to respect the running game. They also all agree that the Packers will not cover the spread.
Case Keenum completed 25-of-39 passes for 329 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions during a 27-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1. In fact, "the FPI has them with very little chance against the Packers in Week 1", writes Lorin Cox of NBC Sports.
Mack and Smith are both active as part of the Bears' 46 eligible to play against the Packers, but each should have limited workloads.