WR Donald Driver - Green Bay Packers
|6-0, 177||Born: 2-2-1975||College: Alcorn State||Drafted: Round 7|
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Week 7: vs Chicago Bears
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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. This is one of the storied rivalries of the NFC, so look for a spirited battle between these NFC North teams on Thursday.
The Packers' passing game got close to 300 yards last weekend, with 31/42 for 294 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown by Aaron Rodgers, and one sack taken for zero yards. Ty Montgomery, in a hybrid RB/WR role, handled 12 targets and led the team in receiving with 10/98/0, followed by Randall Cobb (11 targets for 7/53/1 receiving) and Jordy Nelson (seven for 5/68/0). Davante Adamas handled three targets for 2/34/0 but exited the game with what turned out to be a concussion. He didn't practice on Tuesday and with a short week to get ready for this Thursday Night game, it would be a surprise to see Adams playing this week.
The Bears' secondary took some injury attrition, too, last weekend - cornerback Deiondre' Hall (ankle) was spotted with his right ankle in a cast following a Week Six loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is considered week-to-week after it was revealed he did not suffer a fracture and will not require surgery. Cornerback Tracy Porter emerged from the game with a knee injury and both he and Hall missed the team practice on Tuesday for the upcoming Thursday game.
Last week in the game, Chicago gave up 20/33 for 263 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown to Blake Bortles and company (with two sacks for -8 yards). Two weeks ago Andrew Luck threw 28/39 for 298 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with five sacks taken for -24 yards while facing Chicago. They are not a shut-down secondary, as you can see - right now, the Bears average 233.5 net passing yards allowed per game (10th in the NFL) but they have been far beyond that mark in recent weeks. From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Chicago has averaged 17.5 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (seventh-least in the NFL); and 24.2 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (14th-most); with 6.3 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (13th-least). This is a mediocre pass defense as of Week Seven.
This looks like a good matchup for the home-team Packers. Also, Lacy is banged up (he might not play) and the rushing matchup isn't great, so the Packers' offense will likely lean on Rodgers' passing arm in this one.
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