Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers: Five players to watch

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5. Ty Montgomery

December 18, 2016: the Ty Montgomery Game.

16 rushes for 162 yards and two touchdowns, including a 61-yarder where he broke tackles from seemingly the entire Chicago Bears roster.

Yeah, let’s not have that happen again.

As always, the Packers offense will primarily revolve around the passing game, especially the Rodgers-Jordy Nelson connection. But Montgomery presents a potential matchup nightmare because of his versatility.

Having played plenty as a wide receiver to start his career, he possesses excellent hands out of the backfield. Furthermore, the Packers can move him around at will and force linebackers to step out in coverage on him. If anyone has to do that tomorrow, it probably needs to be Danny Trevathan.

And he’s a stronger runner between the tackles than he looks at 6’0”, 216 pounds. Then again, I think the Chicago Bears know that already.

Hopefully, the eighth-ranked Bears rush defense (83.7 yards per game) can do a better job of corralling him this time.

If the Chicago Bears can stop Montgomery and keep the Packers one-dimensional, they might be able to take advantage of that beleaguered offensive line. Of course, if you force the Packers into passing downs, you still can’t sleep on their skilled running back.