So much for the “hated” Chicago Bears in Wisconsin, the home state of the Green Bay Packers.
According to the Jersey Report from Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bears running back Matt Forte’s jersey is the No. 1 seller in Wisconsin, supplanting even Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
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“There must be a lot of Bears fans in Wisconsin,” Forte said. “Either that or they’re buying it to burn it or something.”
The Bears are back in Chicago and Tom Brady and the Patriots are in town! With a week of practice wrapping up today, here's what's been happening in the lead up to Sunday's Bears-Pats matchup:
- First and foremost, it looks like Khalil Mack is going to play afterall. That's encouraging news, seeing as he didn't practice once this week. Also because he's very good.
- In more surprising news, Allen Robinson has been held out of practice with a groin injury.
- In less surprising news, the Bears are home underdogs this weekend. Never bet against home 'dogs! Right?!
- If you think it feels like a playoff atmosphere at Soldier this weekend, you're not alone. Kyle Long could'nt agree more.
- Those ticket prices, however, are going to look a lot like playoff ticket prices.
- On the Patriots' side of things, it's hard to tell who's hurt, seeing that like half the team is on the injury report.
- Tom Brady will play, though, and there's a lot of comparisons to be made between Brady and Mitchell Trubisky.
- Bill Belichick has been super complimentary of the Bears all week, and that's surely sincere and not at all mind games, nope.
- He wasn't so kind about the Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparisons, though.
Khalil Mack has yet to miss a game in his NFL career. He doesn’t plan on breaking that streak on Sunday.
ESPN insider Adam Schefter told the “Kirk and Callahan show” on WEEI in Boston that the Bears expect their star pass rusher to play this week against the New England Patriots.
Mack missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with the ankle injury he suffered last week against the Miami Dolphins.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio indicated this week that the outside linebacker could potentially play even if he doesn’t practice due to the injury.
Assuming Mack does take the field on Sunday, he won’t be 100 percent, and it’s unclear how much of an impact he’ll be able to have.
Last week was his least productive game of the season, and he earned a career-low grade from Pro Football Focus, with two missed tackles and only one pressure generated on 33 pass-rushing snaps.
The Bears are going to need more from Mack to slow down Tom Brady and the Patriots offense that’s averaging nearly 40 points per game over the last three weeks.