Week 4 of the National Football League schedule opens with an NFC North showdown at Lambeau Field when the Green Bay Packers (2-1) play host to the Chicago Bears (1-2) in prime-time on CBS with the broadcast team of Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson and Jay Feely on the call.
The Bears have surprised some by starting the season a hard-fought 1-2, and the Packers have looked once again like contenders during their 2-1 start. I have confidence that this Packers team is at least two touchdowns better than the Bears - even with their injury issues.
But in my estimation, Fox is smarter than that, and he's playing the long game. While the Packers lost that memorable Thanksgiving night game to the Bears at Lambeau Field in 2015, Rodgers' numbers have been outstanding: 98/153 (64.1 completion percentage), 969 yards, seven touchdowns, one interception and a rating of 94.4. So far, that's not going very well.
As usual, quarterback Aaron Rodgers is doing the heavy lifting for the team. Opening Week 4 of the NFL season, theirs will be the first game since last weekend's mass protests during the national anthem. Montgomery is averaging just three yards per carry on 41 touches, but makes up for it with consistent receiving yards. He's also completed 66.4 percent of his passes at 10.9 yards per completion. This will also be a good test for the Bears' secondary.
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In Chicago, though, Howard is fighting for his job.
Rodgers ratcheted up the intensity Wednesday, sharing a photo of him and his teammates with arms linked as cameramen knelt to film them before Sunday's game against Cincinnati. They don't have the personnel on the O-line or in the backfield to do it.
Can the Bears pass defense hold up? During the first round of games after the president levied his attacks, both players and team personnel, including some owners, engaged in an array demonstrations.
What had been a productive drive that started at the Chicago 28 stalled at the Green Bay 29. However, the defensive side may see receiver Randall Cobb safety Kentrell Brice, defensive tackle Quinton Dial, linebacker Jake back on the field against Chicago.
But the Packers won't bother trying to establish the run. Either way, Rodgers' play will be the key.
The home field advantage gives Green Bay 3 points off top. He has four turnovers through three games, including a rare pick-six against the Bengals.