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Week 10 Game Recap: Green Bay Packers 23, Chicago Bears 16

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Green Bay Packers

The decimation of the backfield makes that position hard to figure out, as Jamaal Williams looked shaky on Sunday and we have little idea of what Devante Mays is capable of. They’ll feed one or both the ball, but it will be a week or two before we know who is in charge and Ty Montgmery could be back by then. Davante Adams is finally turning his targets into production, as he and Brett Hundley seem to be the only two on the same page in the passing offense.

Chicago Bears

Even with a week to prepare for the Green Bay, the Chicago Bears still were not prepared for this home matchup against the Packers, losing 23-16.. The Bears were outcoached and outplayed in every sense of the words.

Mitchell Trubisky played the best game of his short NFL career, completing 21 of 35 passes for 297 yards and one touchdown. Six first half penalty flags did not help his cause, neither did the five times he was sacked.

Jordan Howard ran into the backs of his offensive lineman more than he ran anywhere else. Tarik Cohen, who? Why bother even putting the guy on the field if he’s only going to touch the ball on two occasions. Quite possibly the most exciting outcome of Sunday’s game was newcomer Dontrelle Inman. He caught six passes on eight targets for 88 yards. He’s the guy to watch as the season winds down.

Green Bay Packers

QB Brett Hundley, 66 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 25 - 212 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 16 - 0
Hundley’s previous three starts were concerning, but this was almost like watching a different quarterback. While far from perfect, Hundley made better reads and decisions, avoided big mistakes and delivered some nice passes, most notably to Davante Adams, both for long gains. While the 42-yard strike was longer, the 19-yard touchdown was a better pass in a more critical moment. The Packers were on the Bears’ 19-yard line, on a 2nd and 9, when Hundley rolled out to his right under pressure. He spied Adams at the right-front corner of the end zone and threw a nice pass to Adam’s outside shoulder, where only his receiver could get it. While not as sharp a pass as Aaron Rodgers would throw, it was similar in positioning and accuracy and a hopeful step towards seeing more of this in an offense used to it on a regular basis. Hundley did pull a hamstring while running during the game, but played through it and is slated to start against Baltimore next week.

RB Jamaal Williams, 35 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 67 - 0, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (1 targets)
Williams was the last man standing on a day when Ty Montgomery and fellow rookie Aaron Jones both went down with injury. He had a few decent moments, but looked a bit plodding and struggled to gain any ground especially after first contact. He will probably get the start next week, but could see competition from rookie Devante Mays or someone off the street. Williams should have a chance to show improvement though with that next start.

RB Ty Montgomery, 14 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 54 - 1, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (2 targets)
Montgomery left the game with a rib injury, but was able to break a long touchdown run in the second quarter. The offense did a great job opening a hole for Montgomery, and he hit that gap quickly before accelerating into the open field. Nobody came anywhere near him as he easily scored.

RB Aaron Jones, 6 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 12 - 0, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (1 targets)
Jones left the game on a cart during the first quarter, and reports have him missing 3-6 weeks with a MCL injury.

RB Aaron Ripkowski, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 3 - 0, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (1 targets)
Ripkowski was on the field for 22 snaps, much more than usual, which isn’t surprising given the injuries to the backfield. He was mostly a blocker but had a nice catch for 12 yards.

WR Randall Cobb, 37 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 8 - 0, Rec: 3 - 52 - 0 (4 targets)
Cobb didn’t have a ton of luck overall, but did show some of the yard after the catch agility which has been absent for some time now on a catch he turned into a 38-yard gain. The team tried to use him running the ball as well, setting him up in a Wildcat, but it wasn’t effective.

WR Davante Adams, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 90 - 1 (8 targets)
Brett Hundley has targeted Adams a lot, and it finally paid off. Adams was able to find separation for a couple of catches, most critically his 19-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal the win. On the play, Adams lined up inside, and ran a corner route. He got behind cornerback Kyle Fuller, and then Brett Hundley threw one of his better passes to Adams, a throw to the outside shoulder only Adams would catch. The two are on the same page, and Adams is starting to reap the benefits.

WR Jordy Nelson, 64 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 20 - 0 (4 targets)
Nelson and Brett Hundley are just not on the same page, and it doesn’t look like it will change anytime soon. Nelson has to be waiting anxiously for Aaron Rodgers to return.

TE Lance Kendricks, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (2 targets)
Kendricks was on the field for 76 percent of the offensive snaps, mostly as a blocker trying to help open holes for the injury riddled backfield or protect Brett Hundley

TE Richard Rodgers, 32 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (1 targets)
Rodgers is still behind Lance Kendricks in terms of targets, snaps and general playing time. He was on the field as a blocker for the most part.

Chicago Bears

QB Mitchell Trubisky, 60 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 35 - 297 - 1 TD / 0 INT
The rookie quarterback still should not be anywhere on your radar for fantasy purposes, but he’s moving in the right direction.

Mitchell Trubisky played his best game as a pro in Sunday’s 23-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He completed 21 of 35 passes for 297 yards and one touchdown.

Arguably the best play Trubisky made all day was a near touchdown that was overturned into a touchback. A very strange play it was. Coach John Fox thought Benny Cunningham got into the end zone, but Fox failed to notice that Cunningham lost control of the ball before he and the ball hit the pylon. The play came on a play-action boot to the left, where Cunningham left the backfield to get in position for a screen pass up the right side. Trubisky did a great job of pulling the defense to the left, leaving Cunningham open for a catch and run.

Moving on … Six first half penalty flags did not help his cause, neither did the five times he was sacked. Trubisky only will be able to do so much as quarterback of *this* team. The biggest area of improvement for Trubisky needs to be in instances when the defense drops seven guys into coverage. Four of the five sacks that occurred against Green Bay came when the Packers sent four or fewer rushers. Let that settle in for a second.

One thing to watch as we move forward, the on-field relationship of Trubisky and newly acquired wide receiver Dontrelle Inman. The pair hooked up six times for 88 yards in Sunday’s loss. Inman gives Trubisky a tool he didn’t have a few weeks ago.

RB Jordan Howard, 29 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 54 - 0
Not much going on here. Jordan Howard looked … overmatched? Green Bay stacked the box with as many bodies it could in Sunday’s 23-16 win over Howard and the Bears. The running back gained 54 yards on 15 carries. Howard found himself running into the backs of his offensive lineman more than he ran anywhere else. The game looked to be shaping up to get Howard 30-plus carries, but the game script changed and the Bears were forced to throw more. The snap-count numbers tell the story: Howard 29 snaps, Benny Cunningham 28 snaps, Tarik Cohen 13 snaps.

Howard, we think, is a great NFL running back. However, his lack of consistency tells us a different story. Howard has been running behind a weak and injured offensive line, no doubt. An argument can be made, though, that a running back of Howard’s caliber needs to be able to break free from some of the contact he takes in the backfield to turn negative runs into positive runs, even if it’s taking a two-yard loss and making it a two-yard gain. Third and long with a rookie quarterback at the helm is not an optimal thing to have happen on a consistent basis.

Bottom Line: Howard needs to be better if he wants to be considered in the conversation with the league’s best.

RB Tarik Cohen, 13 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (2 targets)
This one is a puzzler. Tarik Cohen only played 13 snaps in Sunday’s 23-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Cohen rushed the ball one time for one yard and caught one pass on two targets for 10 yards. For reasons unknown to most, John Fox and Dowell Loggains elected to give Benny Cunningham 28 snaps in a game where the Bears were trailing the majority of the game.

It’s probably best to stay away from Cohen until the rest of the Bears’ offense goes through more growing pains. Cohen won’t be able to his max potential until there are receivers on the field who can help spread out the defense.

WR Dontrelle Inman, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 88 - 0 (8 targets)
Welcome to the Chicago Bears, Dontrelle Inman. The former Chargers wide receiver played a team-high 57 snaps, catching six balls on eight targets for 88 yards in Sunday’s 23-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Inman brings something new and different to this Bears’ offense. Inman has that rare combination of size and speed. With more time on the field with Mitchell Trubisky, there’s no reason to think Inman won’t see between 7-10 targets a game, on par with many No. 1s in the league. He already looks like the best route runner on the squad; and there’s no question that he gets more separation than any other pass catcher. Those two facts were entirely apparent against the Packers, especially in man coverage scenarios.

It’s hard not to drink the Inman Kool-Aid after seeing Kendall Wright, Josh Bellamy and Deonte Thompson (now gone) flop around out there all season. Inman goes for 7-114-1 next time out, you watch.

WR Kendall Wright, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 46 - 0 (8 targets)
Kendall Wright looked like a better receiver in Sunday’s 23-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Wright saw eight targets, catching five of them for 46 yards.

With Dontrelle Inman now in the mix, Wright can slide back into the fold a bit more and not have to be the top receiving target on every play. Having a longer and faster receiver on the field, like Inman, opens holes for Wright to catch and run. Until this week, Wright had been catching passes before taking near-instant contact.

Wright finished the game with 46 snaps, second-most on the team. As the Bears’ offense continues to sync up, expect Wright to thrive in the slot role, given no more injuries take place that force Wright elsewhere on the field.