What about the Bears defense?
The Bears’ defense was awful last season. Jaquan Brisker led the team in sacks and he plays safety.
Justin Jones, who insulted Packers fans during the offseason, is the only returning starter from last year’s defensive line. In the offseason, Yannick Ngakoue and DeMarcus Walker were signed to bring pressure off the edge.
The defensive line got blocked a lot in the preseason, so there is a chance to run the ball down the Bears’ throat. Love has a chance to get some time to pass although Ngakoue has had eight or more sacks in every NFL season he has played.
The strength of the Bears defense is at linebacker and in the secondary. T.J. Edwards and Tremaine Edmunds were signed in free agency to upgrade the linebacker group.
Jaylon Johnson is one of the best cover corners in the game. Kyler Gordon showed potential in his rookie season and is moving over to the nickel corner. Tyrique Stevenson was taken in the second round and he has a ton of potential to be a good corner. Although, he is going to be the player a team will try to expose as he had a lot of rookie moments in the preseason and training camp.
Eddie Jackson is back from a foot injury that cut his 2022 season short. He was experiencing a career renaissance after Brisker was drafted. Brisker took over the tackling duties at safety and allowed Jackson to go back to ball-hawking the ball.
The Bears’ defense is predicated on getting takeaways. So, they have no problem giving up yards as it provides an opportunity to take the ball away. Also, the scheme wants to generate pressure from the front four.
The defense will cede yards in between the 20s. It wants to make sure if a team gets into the redzone, they only walk away with a field goal.
It would not be shocking to see Jordan Love completing passes to start the game. Head coach Matt Eberflus does a good job of making in-game adjustments. Watching how Love plays once those adjustments are made will be something to watch.
The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears rivalry has never been hotter. The Packers hope to throw some cold water on the Bears in hopes of getting the upper hand.