Three questions as Bears seek divison clincher against Packers

With the Chicago Bears on the doorstep of a surprising NFC North division title, here are three questions to ask as game time approaches.

1 How will the Bears handle expectations?  Coming off a huge Sunday night victory over the Rams, can first-year Chicago head coach Matt Nagy keep his team focused and ready to play against a bitter rival seeking a signature win to wipe away an otherwise forgettable season?  Nagy has pushed all the right buttons to date, but can the Bears avoid an emotional letdown in a contest with major playoff implications?

2. What will the Bears do to contain Aaron Rodgers?  It’s no secret that Rodgers is the Bears kryptonite, having beaten the Bears in 16 of 20 career games. He’s  thrown for 1,043 pass yards (260.8 per game) with 10 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.7 rating in his past 4 against the Bears. In 20 career meetings, has 45 pass TDs vs. 9 INTs for 108.3 rating. The Bears have been reminded plenty of Rodgers’ opening game forth quarter heroics, when he tossed three TD’s in the final quarter to lift Green Bay to a 24-23 comeback victory.

3. Is the Bears running game emerging?  Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen combined for nearly 200 yards on the ground in last week’s win over the Rams, with Howard collecting his first 100-yard game of the season.  Does this mean Nagy is committed to getting Howard more carries as the Bears head down the stretch, or was it just a one-off against an aggressive Los Angeles front four?

Bears Den: The Packers lead the series 96-93-6 and have won five straight…Bears defense had 4 INTs & 3 sacks last week. Ranks 1st in NFL in turnover differential (+13) & INTs (25) & 3rd in scoring defense (19 points allowed per game). LB Khalil Mack had sack & FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Had 27-yard INT-TD, sack, FF & FR in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with sack. Ties for 1st in NFL with 6 FFs this season. DT Akiem Hicks had sack & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 3rd in row overall with sack. CB Kyle Fuller had INT in Week 14. Ties for NFL lead with career-high 7 INTs in 2018

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