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Which Packers player would you want on the Bears?

Which Packers player would you want on the Bears?

The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers are the oldest rivalry in the NFL and after 198 games between the two teams, it's easy to understand why Bears fans refuse to acknowledge that there may be a Packers player or two who'd represent an upgrade for Chicago.

So it begs the question: Which Green Bay player would you want on the Bears?

Let's get the obvious choice out of the way: Aaron Rodgers. And this isn't a knock against Mitchell Trubisky. Rodgers would be an upgrade for just about every team in the NFL sans the Patriots. He turns 36 in December and still has a live arm, so there's no argument based in reality against Rodgers as an upgrade for this roster.

Now, if Trubisky outduels Rodgers Thursday night? Maybe we revisit this. It will be evidence of his development and potential ascension into the upper-class of quarterbacks. We just aren't there yet.

Forgetting Rodgers for a moment, there are a handful of other Packers players who'd warrant strong consideration as a replacement for a current Bears' starter. 

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Let's start on offense, where WR Davante Adams is one of the top five pass-catchers in the game. He set career-highs across the board in 2018 (111 rec., 1386 yards, 13 TDs) and will present the biggest challenge for Chicago's defenders in Week 1. As much as Bears fans love Allen Robinson and the potential in Anthony Miller, Adams would be a marked upgrade at what's quickly become one of the NFL's most important positions.

Green Bay's offense features one of the NFL's top offensive tackles, too. LT David Bakhtiari was Pro Football Focus' highest-graded offensive lineman in 2018 (88.3) who especially excelled in pass protection (93.6). Compare that to Charles Leno, Jr., who PFF ranked 49th, and it sure looks like an upgrade. 

That said, offensive line play is not always about one player. Instead, it's about five guys playing well as a cohesive unit over an extended period of time. Leno has proven himself as an above-average blindside protector and was rewarded as such with a healthy contract extension in 2017 (one he recently restructured to free up cap space for his linemate, Cody Whitehair.)

So while Bakhtiari may be the better all-around player, his impact on the Bears probably wouldn't result in the same kind of upgrade that Adams could offer.

As for the defense? Let's face it, the Bears are loaded. From the defensive line to the secondary, there aren't many players -- if any at all -- who are an obvious target for an upgrade; especially not for a Packers' defender. NT Kenny Clark is arguably Green Bay's best player on defense but there's no reason to search for a replacement for Eddie Goldman, who is just as effective as Clark as an interior disruptor. 

So it boils down to Adams, and Week 1's Thursday night showdown could ultimately come down to the Bears keeping Adams under wraps. He's the kind of player who can flip the scoreboard in a single play, so Kyle Fuller, Prince Amukamara and the rest of Chicago's cover guys have their work cut out for them. 

What say you? Join the conversation on Twitter and let us know which Packers player you think would look great in a Bears uniform (as painful as that may be).

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Depth check: How injuries and suspension will have a major impact on Bears-Vikings


Depth check: How injuries and suspension will have a major impact on Bears-Vikings

A month ago, the Bears could reasonably describe their depth at inside linebacker as strong, and maybe as the strongest unit on the team. 

But on Monday, the Bears will be without the trio of players who comprised that depth: Jerrell Freeman is on injured reserve with a pectoral tear; Nick Kwiatkoski’s pec injury isn’t as serious but will keep him sidelined; and Danny Trevathan will serve his one-game suspension for the helmet-to-helmet hit he leveled on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams last week. 

Trevathan will be back next week and Kwiatkoski appears to have avoided injured reserve, meaning he can be expected back at some point this season. But without them, the Bears will roll with Christian Jones, John Timu and Jonathan Anderson (the latter two began the season on the practice squad) against the Minnesota Vikings. 

“It's a concern, but at least we're playing with guys that were here that were in camp,” defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. “That was the one position on defense, when we went to the 53 and practice squad where we did have guys, we had four active and two on practice squad and now all six of them have played, so (we) feel good about that in that we're not having somebody in off the street having to learn a new system and I think they'll all do fine.”

Jones and Timu have seen a decent amount of snaps alongside Trevathan this year: In the last three weeks, Jones’ defensive snap counts are 47, 36 and 28 while Timu played 17 snaps against Pittsburgh and 19 against Green Bay (Anderson has not played a defensive snap since Week 2). 

Timu, who’s played in 20 games over the last three years, will handle the defensive calls on Monday.

“We’re confident in John,” Fangio said. “John knows our defense. He’s been here for three years. The game’s not too big for him. He loves to play. He is instinctive and smart. So we think he’ll go in there and do fine.”

Added linebacker Pernell McPhee: “Timu’s a very good player, a very smart player, a very patient player. I think his play on the field shows how much he’s studying and how much he’s really locked in throughout the week.”

The Bears may be without two other starters, too: Saturday’s final injury report listed outside linebacker Willie Young (tricep) as doubtful, while cornerback Marcus Cooper is questionable with back spasms. Going back further, the Bears are also without veteran safety Quintin Demps, who handled a lot of the communication duties for this defense. 

But the Vikings will be without rookie Dalvin Cook (74 carries, 354 yards, 2 TDs), who tore his ACL last week. Backups Jerick McKinnon (2.6 yards/attempt) and Latavius Murray (2.7 yards/attempt) haven’t inspired much fear in 2017. And the expectation at Halas Hall is that quarterback Sam Bradford will start, though he’s listed as questionable on the Vikings’ final injury report. 

So in the matchup of the Bears' defense against the Vikings' offense, the group that gets the most out of its depth guys may be the one that swings that battle on Monday. 

“Any time you lose a starter — I think there's a reason they're the starter — but you know I feel good about our backups,” coach John Fox said. “I feel good about the replacement people we've had in there. We've got more depth this season than we've had in the past so I feel confident in the people we'll have out there and the options we have.”

Danny Trevathan suspension reduced to one game

Danny Trevathan suspension reduced to one game

Danny Trevathan's suspension has been reduced to one game, the NFL announced Tuesday. 

The linebacker, who was originally handed a two-game penalty after a violent helmet-to-helmet hit sent Packers receiver Davante Adams to the hospital, will be eligible to return against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6. 

Trevathan's vicious blow to Adams' head left the receiver motionless on the field and immediately drew backlash. Despite the optics, head coach John Fox insisted that Trevathan plays the game the right way. 

"Danny's not a dirty player," Fox said to Jeff Joniak on WBBM Newsradio Monday. 

Trevathan's appeal was heard by former All-Pro linebacker Derrick Brooks, who ultimately decided to cut the suspension in half.

Through four games, Trevathan has made 19 tackles and deflected one pass. He's in the second year of a four-year contract worth $28 million.