Three reasons the Chicago Bears will beat the Green Bay Packers

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Jordan Howard

The success of the offense starts with “Mr. Consistent” Jordan Howard, who is looking for his third straight season of over 1,000 yards to start his career. Meanwhile, the Packers running backs consist of Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery, since Aaron Jones is suspended. Advantage — Bears.

As hyped as I am to watch Trubisky try to sling it around the field on Sunday, I also know that if the Bears want to win they’ll need a balance of run and pass plays. The pressure of the world does not need to be on Trubisky’s shoulders. Sure, he will need to make big plays at times during the game, but Nagy needs to let number 24 get settled in. If the Bears get the running game established early, it will help open up the passing game.

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It’s going to be tough against the interior of the Packers’ defensive line. Kenny Clark, Mike Daniels and the newly acquired Muhammad Wilkerson are going to be a tough matchup. I do feel good  about Eric Kush, Cody Whitehair and Kyle Long going up against them, but just know that those Bears offensive linemen are in for a battle.

What makes me feel really good about Howard on Sunday is what’s on the Packers’ defense behind those three interior defensive linemen. Blake Martinez is a very solid inside linebacker for the Packers, but the same can’t be said for the guy playing next to him. Jake Ryan and Oren Burks are out of the game due to injury.

So that means that their fourth inside linebacker, Antonio Morrison, will get the nod to start on Sunday. Morrison ran a 4.75 second 40-yard dash at the combine. Howard is going to eat him alive (and so is Trey Burton on seam routes). I expect a 100-yard day for Howard on Sunday against the Packers.