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Week 1 Key Matchups: Bears at Packers


When the Bears take on the Packers Sunday night, keep an eye out for the following matchups:

Bears RT Bobby Massie vs. Packers OLB Clay Matthews

Clay Matthews became the Packers' all-time sack leader in a win over the Bears last season in Green Bay and will look to do more damage Sunday night against a Chicago offensive line that returns four of five starters. One of those back from last season is right tackle Bobby Massie, a seasoned veteran who will be entrusted with keeping Matthews out of the Bears backfield and away from quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Bears ILB Roquan Smith vs. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

Bears coach Matt Nagy hasn't indicated how much rookie linebacker Roquan Smith will play on Sunday night, but any play he is on the field for could spell trouble for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft was named the SEC defensive player of the year and won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker last year at Georgia. Rodgers has been one of the league's best quarterbacks over the last decade and has historically performed well against the Bears, but he's coming off a year in which he was limited to just seven games due to a collarbone injury. It's the fewest number of games Rodgers has played in a season since 2007. What makes Smith so dangerous is his ability to drop back into pass coverage when necessary, which will put extra pressure on Rodgers. Despite it being his NFL regular-season debut, don't expect Smith to get big eyes from a Sunday Night Football setting. He took home MVP honors in the SEC Championship game last year in front of a crowd of more than 75,000.

Bears WR Allen Robinson vs. Packers CB Kevin King

Bears receiver Allen Robinson II is looking for a big debut after missing nearly all of last season with Jacksonville with an ACL injury. Robinson is new to the Bears-Packers rivalry but will be hungry to make an impression at Lambeau Field. Packers cornerback Kevin King got his first taste of the rivalry last year. The second-year corner will look to shut down the new Bears wideout, who's two seasons removed from a big year when he tallied 73 catches and six touchdowns.

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