Finally after going months without football we have a regular season NFL game today. The NFL decided to have one of the best rivalries in sports to start off the 2019 season with the Packers taking on the Bears. The Packers have made every effort to enter a new era after missing the playoffs two seasons in a row and tonight the fans finally gets to see if they are moving in the right direction. The Packer have a new head coach for the first time in 13 seasons, signed big named free agents to add to their defense, and their offense is hoping to make a big jump this year. I cannot wait to watch this game and finally have football back in my life. Here are the five players to watch against the Bears.
MVS is entering his second year with the Green Bay Packers and hopes are high. He showed flashes last season posting two 100-yard games and finishing the year with a total of 538 yards. During the offseason MVS trained with Randy Moss and came into camp ready to impress. He earned praise from both new head coach Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers. He is expected to be the number two receiver on the team and he has his first test against the Bears. MVS will show off all the hard work paid off and if he is ready to be Davante Adams’ partner in crime this season.
The Packers first defensive free agency signing this offseason was Za’Darius Smith. During his time with the Baltimore Ravens he proved to be a versatile defender. He lined up on the outside and also provided pressure up the middle. He racked up 18.5 sacks during his career with the Ravens and had 8.5 last season alone. With the contract Smith signed, his expectations are high. Fans will be watching if he can produce like he did last season, and hope he can provide the Packers with the pass rush they desperately missed last season. With the additions of Preston Smith and Rashan Gary, Za’Darius Smith will be able to line up inside like he did for the Ravens last season. Fans should be excited to see the impact he will have on the defense.
Adrian Amos was one of the two new safeties brought onto the team in the offseason. He was signed during free agency to replace HaHa Clinton-Dix who was traded away before the trade deadline last season. He is a solid veteran who is known for making crucial plays and being in the right spot every down. He is a strong veteran presence in the secondary and looks to lead the Packers young but promising group. Oh yeah, he is also a former Bear who is ready to play his former team. Like he said about his former teammates, “I’m not your friend this week.”
Darnell Savage has Packer fans excited for the season. The Packers are known for trading down in the draft, but this year they traded UP in the first round to get Darnell Savage. He is an exciting playmaking safety who is ready to bring a spark to the secondary. I, as some fans are, am extremely disappointed he did not keep his jersey change from 26 to 21 (21 Savage), but if he performs up to his potential he will easily be forgiven.
This offseason has been like none other for Aaron Rodgers. Tyler Dunn of Bleacher Report published an article with former players bashing Rodgers for his poor leadership and relationship with former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. With two playoff-less seasons in a row, some are starting to wonder if Rodgers is on the decline now that he is 35 years old. Rodgers now has a young head coach who is implementing a modern offense, but all anyone can talk about is if he can still call audibles. Rodgers is under a microscope right now and his first chance to show everyone what he can still do is against the Bears. I am excited to see Rodgers in a new offense and what he can do with his new chip on his shoulder. Rodgers is still one of the most talented quarterbacks in the league, and I believe he will show the NFL that again week one.
These five players are definitely going to have an impact against the Bears. Whether they have the impact that fans hope is still uncertain, but regardless of what happens, everyone can relax, have a beer, eat some cheese, and watch the Packers again for the first time in a long time.