Miller scores another touchdown in Week 12
Zach Miller | CHI
(November 27, 2015 1:24 AM EST)
Zach Miller reeled in two of seven targets for 10 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' Week 12 win over the Packers.
Miller saw an increased volume in Martellus Bennett’s absence but couldn’t take advantage of it. He was left wide open on his three-yard touchdown. Miller has scored four touchdowns over his last four games but has only caught 12 passes during that stretch. His window for fantasy relevance will close as soon as Bennett returns to the lineup.
Rodgers earns four catches in Week 12 loss
Richard Rodgers | GB
(November 27, 2015 1:22 AM EST)
Richard Rodgers absorbed four of seven targets for 30 yards in the Packers' Week 12 loss to the Bears.
Three of his four catches came after halftime. Rodgers’ season-high in yards is 45, which gives him a pretty low ceiling. He has a soft matchup against the Lions next week but that’s no reason to start him. At best, he’s a boom-or-bust TE2.
Matt Forte held to 53 yards in Week 12 return
Matt Forte | CHI
(November 27, 2015 1:09 AM EST)
Matt Forte ate up 44 yards on 15 carries and caught his only target for nine yards in the Bears' Week 12 win over the Packers.
Forte didn’t make much noise in this one. He out-touched Jeremy Langford by a slim 16 to 13 margin and wasn’t able to convert any of his goal-line carries. It’s unclear if the Bears were trying to ease Forte in after missing three weeks with an MCL sprain or if they actually see this as a running back by committee. He’ll remain in the RB1 discussion next week against the Niners.
Langford scores again in upset win over Packers
Jeremy Langford | CHI
(November 27, 2015 1:07 AM EST)
Jeremy Langford rushed 12 times for 48 yards and a touchdown and caught one of three targets for five yards in the Bears' Week 12 win over the Packers.
Langford had a rough day on the receiving end, which is somewhat surprising after dominating in that area during Matt Forte’s absence. Early in the second quarter he had Clay Matthews beat on third down but couldn’t hold onto the ball. His second drop of the day was equally disastrous and easily could have been intercepted. Langford got several possessions all to himself and plunged ahead for a one-yard touchdown late in the first half. Forte is still ahead of Langford on the depth chart but the gap isn’t as big as it once was. Assuming he gets the same amount of work next week, Langford will be a flex option against the Niners.
Jeffery leads Bears with 90 yards in return
Alshon Jeffery | CHI
(November 27, 2015 1:04 AM EST)
Alshon Jeffery snagged seven of 11 targets for 90 yards in the Bears' Week 12 win over the Packers.
Jeffery was consistently a thorn in the Packers’ side, especially after halftime when he caught four passes for 58 yards. Jeffery still found time to mix in a few head-scratchers. He dropped a pass late in the first half and lost focus on an embarrassing offsides penalty in the third quarter. Jeffery nearly made the play of the night with a diving end-zone catch against Damarious Randall but he couldn’t stay inbounds. He’ll be a WR1 against the Niners in Week 13.
Cutler leads Bears to a Thanksgiving upset
Jay Cutler | CHI
(November 27, 2015 1:02 AM EST)
Jay Cutler completed 19-of-31 passes for 200 yards with one touchdown and rushed four times for nine yards in the Bears' Week 12 win over the Packers.
Cutler outplayed Aaron Rodgers Thursday in his first career win at Lambeau Field. He was only sacked once and wasn’t fazed by Green Bay’s pass rush. The game plan was pretty conservative as Cutler stayed in the intermediate part of the field instead of going for the home run. His lone touchdown pass came against a heavy blitz. Zach Miller was wide open on the play. He didn’t click with Alshon Jeffery right away but their chemistry improved as the game went on with Jeffery hauling in four of his five second-half targets. Cutler has an appetizing matchup against the 49ers in Week 13.
Marquess Wilson goes 4-for-44 in Week 12 win
Marquess Wilson | CHI
(November 27, 2015 1:00 AM EST)
Marquess Wilson secured four of five targets for 44 yards in the Bears' Week 12 win over the Packers.
This wasn’t the shootout we were expecting but Wilson made the most of his limited targets. The lousy weather conditions prevented Jay Cutler from looking deep, so instead he mostly opted for screen passes and short sideline routes. That played to Wilson’s strength as he proved very explosive whenever Cutler put him in space. Alshon Jeffery is still the go-to guy but Wilson does carry some sleeper value, particularly while Martellus Bennett and Eddie Royal are out with injuries.
Rodgers held in check as Bears upset Packers
Aaron Rodgers | GB
(November 27, 2015 12:23 AM EST)
Aaron Rodgers completed 22-of-43 passes for 202 yards with one touchdown and one interception and rushed four times for 33 yards in the Packers' Week 12 loss to the Bears.
The dreadful weather conditions in Green Bay prevented either team from establishing much of a vertical presence. Rodgers did the best he could under the circumstances, using the intermediate part of the field for screens and check-downs. He didn’t get much cooperation from his receiving corps as the Packers dropped a number of wide-open passes and struggled to get open. Davante Adams was the worst offender with three drops. Rodgers hurt his left wrist while trying to recover a botched snap but was back for the next series. His first-quarter touchdown pass to Eddie Lacy was the 250th of his career. Rodgers will be a top-five option against the Lions in Week 13.
Lacy shreds Bears for 139 yards on 21 touches
Eddie Lacy | GB
(November 27, 2015 12:20 AM EST)
Eddie Lacy delivered 105 yards on 17 carries and caught four of five targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' Week 12 loss to the Bears.
This was easily Lacy’s best performance of the year. In his second game back from a groin injury, Lacy looked spry, dodging tackles and showing a nice burst. As he usually does when he’s on his game, Lacy got low and bullied his way to extra yards. Lacy’s 29-yard run on his first carry of the game was his longest of the season. Later he added a touchdown on a 25-yard catch-and-run from Aaron Rodgers, though he almost blew it by letting go of the ball right as he reached the goal line. Lacy was benched after fumbling at the end of an 18-yard run in the second quarter but was back out for the start of the second half. Now that he’s been reinserted into the starting lineup, fantasy owners can safely pencil Lacy in as an every-week RB2. He’ll get the Lions in Week 13.
James Starks delivers 80 yards on 11 touches
James Starks | GB
(November 27, 2015 12:16 AM EST)
James Starks contributed 39 yards on seven carries while catching four of five targets for 41 yards in the Packers' Week 12 loss to the Bears.
Starks got some run late in the first half after Eddie Lacy lost a fumble and was featured again on the team’s final possession. Starks’ longest gain came late in the fourth quarter on a screen pass that went for 18 yards. He didn’t get the start this week but it looks like Starks can expect around 10 touches a game going forward. The Packers will head to Detroit next Thursday to take on a Lions team that has won three straight.