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Man BearPack Report: Week 1

Both Allen Lazard and David Montgomery got Week 1 wins

Green Bay Packers v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

David Montgomery

Stats

13 Rushes for 64 yards including 1 reception for 10 yards

Week 1 Review

While Montgomery did not find the end zone in week one he was the second highest rated running back according to Pro Football Focus with a grade of 76.3. David also averaged 3.54 yards after contact which was 5th best in week one.

Highlights

Week 2 Outlook

The Bears will be at home this week against the Giants. Last year Montgomery only rushed for 22 yards against the Giants. Partly due to the fact that the Bears could not run the ball against anyone last year. This year there seems to be more focus on establishing the run and against Detroit the offensive line look much improved in run blocking. With another week removed from the groin injury I expect the Bears to utilize Montgomery more and more as the season goes on. This is another opportunity for the Bears to get better in the run game, that’s of course if they don’t fall behind by 17 again.

Allen Lazard

Stats

4 receptions for 63 yards 1 TD and 1 rushing attempt for 19 yards.

Week 1 Review

Allen Lazard had a typical Allen Lazard game against some inexperienced corners on the Vikings. He caught all of his targets, two of them being 3rd down conversions, as well as one that sadly had him tripping up on a potential TD. His one rushing attempt came on a jet sweep style carry where he showed some ability to get to the edge. Somewhat unnoticed last week, Lazard showed some of his incredible blocking ability. It also helps that one of the best QBs to ever do it is singing your praises for the second straight season.

Highlights

Week 2 Outlook

The Packers will play in Lambeau Field for the first time this season against Detroit next week. Lazard had his breakout game last season versus the Lions, catching 4 passes for 65 yards including the TD that would allow the Packers to eventually win by a field goal. If next week is representative of what happened against Minnesota, Green Bay is going to be throwing the ball a lot and throwing it deep. The Lions have four CBs currently injured including typical starters in Jeff Okudah and Desmond Trufant who exited early last week. You can expect the Packers to continue to target Lazard against the few smaller, inexperienced corners the Lions will be able to field.