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Week 15 Game Recap: Chicago Bears 13, Green Bay Packers 21


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Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears struggled against the Packers on Sunday in a loss. Mitchell Trubisky struggled with accuracy but was able to funnel targets to Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller to produce strong fantasy days for each receiver. David Montgomery struggled running the ball, while Tarik Cohen continued to be heavily involved in the passing game.

Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 21-13 to improve their record to 11-3 on the season. Aaron Rodgers completed 16 of 33 passes for 203 yards and one touchdown and no interceptions, while also rushing three times for 23 yards. Aaron Jones rushed 13 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns. Jamaal Williams rushed eight times for 26 yards and caught one pass for seven yards. Davante Adams led the Packers with seven catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. Jake Kumerow caught one pass for 49 yards, while Geronimo Allison had two catches for 19 yards. Allen Lazard caught two passes for 14 yards. Jimmy Graham recorded only one catch for zero yards on four targets.

Chicago Bears

QB Mitchell Trubisky, 84 offensive snaps, Pass: 29 - 53 - 334 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 4 - 29 - 0
Mitchell Trubisky struggled against the Packers in a loss on Sunday. Trubisky took a couple of bad sacks and missed numerous throws with bad footwork which held back the Chicago offense. Trubisky threw two interceptions. The first one was a Hail Mary at the end of the first half and the second was a short throw that was intercepted by a defensive lineman at the line of scrimmage. Trubisky threw a touchdown pass to Anthony Miller near the goal line on a slant route to buoy his final stat line. Trubisky did run four times and was decisive when he chose to run and nearly completed a prayer pass to Riley Ridley in the back of the end zone at the end of the game that could have made his day better. Trubisky should get a high-volume passing game next week against the Chiefs.

RB David Montgomery, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 39 - 0, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (1 targets)
David Montgomery struggled at Green Bay on Sunday. Montgomery had little running room on the interior until later in the game on a trip to the red zone where Montgomery got two carries inside the ten, including one where he was stopped just short of the end zone. Montgomery had only one reception but had another called back by a penalty when he made a good catch on a low throw. Montgomery will have a home matchup against the Chiefs on Sunday night where he could be harmed by negative game script.

RB Tarik Cohen, 55 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 28 - 0, Rec: 7 - 57 - 0 (10 targets)
Tarik Cohen was heavily involved in the passing game against the Packers in a loss on the road. Cohen was frequently used in the screen game and was a check down safety outlet for Mitchell Trubisky. Cohen did get eight carries in the rushing game, but like David Montgomery, he struggled to get any interior running room established. Cohenís fantasy value at this point in the season is linked to his reception value in PPR leagues and he is a low touchdown probability player next week against the Chiefs.

WR Anthony Miller, 79 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 118 - 1 (15 targets)
Anthony Miller continued his streak of hot play against the Packers in a loss on Sunday. Miller was used in the screen game frequently and caught multiple balls in tight windows over the middle of the field. He broke his big gain on a deep over route off a throwback concept where he broke wide open. Miller also scored a touchdown at the goal line on a slant route from the slot where he broke open for the score. Miller had the opportunity for a bigger gain but had a drop and could not stay inbounds on a long target along the perimeter. Miller has consolidated his role as the second receiver in the offense with the passing game funneling through Allen Robinson, Miller, and Tarik Cohen. He has a good opportunity for passing volume next week against the Chiefs.

WR Allen Robinson, 80 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 125 - 0 (14 targets)
Allen Robinson led the Bears in receiving yards against the Packers in a loss on Sunday. Robinson was targeted 14 times but started slowly with a conversion on the first drive of the game before going quiet for the remainder of the half. Robinson then exploded in the second half, with a big catch down the sideline, a back-shoulder catch, and a deep out. He also caught multiple in-breaking routes. Robinson could have had an even bigger game, but was missed on multiple errant throws by Mitchell Trubisky. Robinson will get a matchup against the Chiefs next week.


Green Bay Packers

QB Aaron Rodgers, 59 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 33 - 203 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 23 - 0
Aaron Rodgers completed 16 of 33 passes for 203 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions in the Packers win over the Bears on Sunday. Rodgers also rushed three times for 23 yards. This was not a banner game for Rodgers and the Packers offense, as he dipped below a 50% completion percentage for the first time all year. With that said, Rodgers stats could have easily been much, much better had Marquez Valdes-Scantling not dropped a 70 yard pass that would have gone for a touchdown had he come up with the grab. That would have given Rodgers a solid fantasy outing, but the story of the Packers receivers this year has been the lack of a #2 option behind Adams stepping up when given a chance to make a play. Rodgers can only do so much, and while it looks like his stats have taken a big hit in the second half of the season, it has not been his fault most of the time. Rodgers only touchdown pass of the game came with the Packers facing a fourth and four from the Bears 29 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and was looking to Adams the whole time. Adams was lined up in the inside left-slot position and made a stutter-step off the line before accelerating on down the field a straight go-route. Adams got a step on his defender and Rodgers was able to loft the ball over the defenderís head without leading Adams too far into the end zone where a Bears defender would have been waiting to hit him hard. The pass was just a little behind Adams in stride, but it was good placement and allowed Adams to go up and make the catch while still keeping his momentum moving forward to the end zone. The end-result was a 29 yard touchdown that came on fourth down, a very aggressive play call but one that paid off for Rodgers. That was the highlight of the day for Rodgers, but he was able to do just enough and make plays at crucial times that helped the Packers move the ball and set up Jones for two touchdown runs.

RB Aaron Jones, 35 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 51 - 2
Aaron Jones rushed 13 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers win over the Bears on Sunday. Jones did not have a target in the passing game, which is starting to feel like a trend as he hasnít had a catch in three of his last five games which coincides with the return of Davante Adams from injury. Jones had less than 20 yards rushing at halftime, but he was able to salvage a tough day by scoring two touchdowns in the second half. Jones first touchdown of the game came with the Packers facing a first and 10 from the Bears 21 yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and handed off to Jones who was running off his left tackle. A Bears defender cheated up to the line of scrimmage and funneled Jones towards the middle of the field. Jones cut hard inside and was able to break through a diving leg tackle attempt by that Bears defender. He then cut back to the outside of the field and stiff-armed another Bears defender on his way to a 21 yard touchdown run. It was the type of play that displays Jones natural ability as a runner with vision, power and speed. Jones second touchdown of the game came with the Packers facing a second and one from the Bears two yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and handed off to Jones who went barreling through the left side of the line. The Packers offensive line did a great job of sealing off the Bears defenders and creating a hole for Jones to rush through. Jones met a Bears defender at the goal line, got low and bowled him over on his way to the two yard touchdown. Again, Jonesí power on display and this run will probably serve as a PSA for future defenders who have ideas on stuffing Jones at the goal line when he has a full head of steam.

RB Jamaal Williams, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 26 - 0, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (1 targets)
Jamaal Williams rushed eight times for 26 yards and caught one pass for seven yards on one target in the Packers win over the Bears on Sunday. There wasnít much room for Williams in this game, as Jones didnít really get much going until the second half and made the most of his opportunities in the red zone before Williams could get a crack. Williams had two runs of six yards, while his other six attempts all went for less than three yards. Williams has a defined role in this offense, and that is to spell Jones and make sure that he doesnít wear down before the Packers get to the playoffs. He is touchdown dependent though, as he doesnít have the big play ability to turn 10 touches into big yardage. Since Adams returned from injury, Williams is seeing more of the passing downs since the Packers do not have to try and manufacture big plays in the passing game through Jones. He is a risky play the next two weeks, but with the Packers fighting for playoff seeding and the coaching staff wanting Jones to be 100% come the playoffs, Williams does have enough upside to warrant being a flex play.

WR Davante Adams, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 103 - 1 (13 targets)
Davante Adams caught seven passes for 103 yards and one touchdown on 13 targets in the Packers win over the Bears on Sunday. Adams was a big part of the Packers moving the ball, as he accounted for roughly 40% of Rodgers targets and over 50% of his passing yards. Adams came up big at various points in this game, including a fourth and four from the Bears 29 yard line that went for a touchdown. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and was looking to Adams the whole time. Adams was lined up in the inside left-slot position and made a stutter-step off the line that got his defender to be flat footed trying to guess where Adams was going. Once Adams saw this he accelerated down the field on a straight go-route and Rodgers was able to loft the ball over Adams defender on a rope. The ball was a little behind Adams, but not in a bad way as he was able to adjust to the ball while still keeping his body moving towards the end zone before crossing the goal line for a 29 yard touchdown. Adams also came up big on the Packers first possession of the second half, turning a crossing route into a 34 yard gain that took the Packers down to the Bears 38 yard line. This play went a long way in setting up Jones first rushing touchdown. Adams then had three catches on the Packers next touchdown drive, which along with Jake Kumerowís 49 yard catch, set up the Packers deep in Chicago territory.

WR Allen Lazard, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (3 targets)
Allen Lazard caught two passes for 14 yards on three targets in the Packers win over the Bears on Sunday. Lazard continues to play the most snaps out of the Packers wide receivers behind Adams, but that has not translated into fantasy relevance. The Packers seem content with riding Jones and Adams with a little Williams mixed in, so Lazard has gone the way of Allison and Valdes-Scantling before him, promising players who canít take advantage of being the #2 receiver in a Rodgers led offense.

WR Jake Kumerow, 11 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 49 - 0 (1 targets)
Jake Kumerow caught one pass for 49 yards on one target in the Packers win over the Bears on Sunday. Kumerow didnít see a whole lot of playing time in this game but he did come up big when given an opportunity. With the Packers facing a third and four from the Bears 40 yard line, Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and looked for Kumerow on an intermediate pass along the right sideline. Kumerow made the catch and then hit the breaks hard as a Bears defender came up to try and tackle him. Kumerow faked him out and then took off down the right sideline where he was met by three Chicago defenders who tried to tackle him. Kumerow shook them off with a spin move and was able to pick up another 15 yards before being tackled at the Bears 11 yard line. This play set up Jones second touchdown run and ended up being the points that the Packers needed to win the game.

TE Jimmy Graham, 25 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (4 targets)
Jimmy Graham caught one pass for zero yards on four targets in the Packers win over the Bears on Sunday. Graham has seen his involvement in the Packers offense dwindle week by week and it has finally reached the point where Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan are better options than Graham. Tight end is not a position that you can depend on right now for the Packers, and it looks as though this may be the end of Grahamís career as he is not moving well on the field and his feet look extremely slow and heavy.