Akiem Hicks: Packers linemen can’t block Khalil Mack

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Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks had a conference call with Green Bay reporters on Wednesday to discuss Sunday night’s game against the Packers, but he wound up talking a lot about a new teammate.

That would be defensive end Khalil Mack, of course, and his few days as a Bear have left Hicks confident that Mack can make a big impact. Hicks was asked what he knew about the Packers offensive line from past meetings with the team.

“I know those five guys can’t block Khalil Mack,” Hicks, who was sitting by Mack during the call, said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “You know, I really feel like this: They have to put their offensive line together however they do it and put their best product out on the field, but I don’t think their best product can block Khalil Mack.”

The Bears haven’t said definitively that Mack will play on Sunday night, but head coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday that he hopes to have him on the field. Even if it’s just for situational work, it seems like a good bet that the Bears will try to get their new defensive centerpiece on the field against their divisional rivals in hopes of proving Hicks correct.

83 responses to “Akiem Hicks: Packers linemen can’t block Khalil Mack

  1. The Bears are going to be really good on defense, but will Trubisky be their guy?

    I’m not going to say anything and just wait and see. I do hope the Bears beat the Packers though, that will be great!

  2. Hahahaha, yea right! The Bears are not beating the Packers, no way!

  3. Big talk for a guy on a five win team. One that lost to Brett Hundley last year. Rodgers will have a field day with that defense.

  4. Usually the Bears games are blow outs but the addition of Mack makes this Sunday’s contest much more interesting. Man these next two days are going to be long.

  5. Considering what they are paying him, and what they gave up to get him, most teams should struggle to block him! Mack is a great player and it was a bold move by the Bears but Bakhtiari, Bulaga and, if needed,Lewis will do fine, especially considering Mack has only practiced a couple of times. If I were Hicks I would be more concerned with what Daniels, Wilkerson, Clark, Clay & Perry are going to do to that Bears O-Line.

  6. Big talk from cheese turd packing fool sitting behind his screen.

    Packernet
    Sep 5, 2018, 5:04 PM CDT
    Big talk for a guy on a five win team. One that lost to Brett Hundley last year. Rodgers will have a field day with that defense.

  7. My Packers will still win. Easily. We hope.

    But that Mack truck…dangerous. Just how we like it.

  8. Last time they played, IIRC Mack had all of 1 sack/tackle.

    You’re going to see the LeBron affect.

    1/2 that defense is going to be standing around watching their star a d waiting to see what he’s going to do next.

  9. This crack head is embarrassing..OMG!!..Packers beat the raiders 2 yrs ago,Mack didn’t do anything..WTH is this clown talking about??.. NFL players who don’t know they have CTE already..

  10. The difficulty in Sunday night’s game for Green Bay is that with the additions of Mack and Roquan Smith, the Bears are going to give the Packers a number of previously unscouted looks.
    Which will mean the Packers protections will have to be fluid enough to change on the fly.

    This would be a great time for Mike Pettine and some of the new defensive pieces we’ve acquired to start paying some immediate dividends.
    Especially when facing a 2nd year QB.

  11. Packernet says:
    September 5, 2018 at 6:04 pm
    Big talk for a guy on a five win team. One that lost to Brett Hundley last year. Rodgers will have a field day with that defense

    //////////////////

    “With that defense?” The Bears defense was top ten last year, the addition of Mack will make them a top five defense. Another packer fan that knows nothing about football.

  12. Hicks is a selfish me guy, so whatever. The Pats had no issue isolating Mack last year like they do all the time with JJ Watt, as they waxed Oakland in Mexico City. Watch the game tape on that, and there you go.

    Oakland fleeced the Bears.

  13. Absent about 15 sacks a game or a Rodgers injury da bears are goin 0-2 and finishing beneath the packers regardless. Which is unfortunate but reality

  14. Look guys, bitter Raiders fans are back again still crying, still pissed!!

    Raiders fans making fun of the Bears is like garbage calling garbage!!

    The Raiders are just as bad as the Bears and now they’re worse and can’t deal with it!

    The Raiders fan base is far and way the most low class bunch of losers and their team is leaving their dump of a city to get away from the criminal fan base!

  15. I hope so so so so much he’s right. Please Chicago, its time to derail the packer once and for all! Their time in the sun needs to come to an end!

  16. Uh….you’re a little late to the party bro. Green Bay’s OLine can and has blocked Mr. Mack very well in the past. If Bulaga plays, we may indeed see a Mack shutout Sunday night. Nothing like a little fodder for the home locker room….James Campen thanks you.

  17. vikingf0rlife says:
    September 5, 2018 at 5:58 pm
    The Bears are going to be really good on defense, but will Trubisky be their guy?

    ————–

    That remains to be seen….but Trubisky certainly has more potential than Kirk “I-can’t-beat-a-winning-team” Cousins

  18. flviking says:

    “With that defense?” The Bears defense was top ten last year, the addition of Mack will make them a top five defense. Another packer fan that knows nothing about football.

    ———-

    That “top 10 defense” DID lose to a back up QB who was just traded for a 6th round draft pick and lost his job to a QB that went 0-15.

    Rodgers improves the Packers capabilities against the Bears more than Mack does against the Packers in a rematch.

  19. I’m excited for the season to start!! The rivalry will be fully renewed. People have a lot of hate in their hearts. Watch the game with friends on Sunday and appreciate the talent that will be flying around on both sides.

  20. Mack is good but a quarter of his career sack totals came against the broncos and their god awful offensive lines the last half decade.

  21. nhpats says:
    September 5, 2018 at 6:43 pm
    vikingf0rlife says:
    September 5, 2018 at 5:58 pm
    The Bears are going to be really good on defense, but will Trubisky be their guy?

    ————–

    That remains to be seen….but Trubisky certainly has more potential than Kirk “I-can’t-beat-a-winning-team” Cousins
    ————————————

    Patriots fans can’t come to grips with the fact that the SB Brady era is soon coming to an end. When it does it will come down like an anvil. Now they feel the need to troll good teams because they are going to suck sooner rather than later. Jimmy G sure looks good in that 9ers uniform don’t you think?

  22. Patriots fans can’t come to grips with the fact that the SB Brady era is soon coming to an end.
    =====

    Surely you’ve read their stuff.

    They can’t come to grips with much of anything, really.

  23. Bak is probably the best LT in the game now that Joe Thomas has walked away.

    Not only WILL he block Mack, I’d bet he does so 1-on-1.

    .. which is why Mack will spend all his time on the opposite side.

  24. Well, the last time the Packers played Mack’s team, the Packers won and Mack had all of 1 tackle (1 sack), which was the 13th-best result among Raiders players that day. So they do seem to be able to block him.

  25. Was going to be a blow out without Mack. Now it will only be a beat down. Wont be much sacking going on when the Packers are up 24 to zip after the first quarter. The Packers defense us a lot better this year as well. The bears are not going to match up well Sunday.

  26. Stevie Nicks said that? Weeeeellll all righty then… No need to play the game then. Let’s just move onto week three — week two is a foregone conclusion if you happen to think the Viking trolls know their head from their … Yeah… I think we’ll just play the game and give the actual competitors their due.

    The Pack’s O-line will be just fine if they can keep the Bears and Vike’s d-lines away from their knees and ankles.

  27. kevpft says:
    September 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm
    Well, the last time the Packers played Mack’s team, the Packers won and Mack had all of 1 tackle (1 sack), which was the 13th-best result among Raiders players that day. So they do seem to be able to block him

    /////////////////////

    And Rodgers only had 204 yards passing with one interception. Just because the box score only shows sacks it does not show hurries or knockdowns or tips. Mack made the packer OL look like turnstiles that game. It should be a good game. The packers will keep the TE in to help with Mack taking away a receiver from Aaron. Packer fans the, least knowledgeable fans out there.

  28. The packers won’t have to hold off mack. The refs have a much anticipated, itchy finger, preloaded yellow flag thanks to the rodgers rule.

  29. Come on, there may be a time to troll cheesers, but not on this point. Rodgers is the best QB in the NFL, Bakhatari is one of the best LTs in the NFL and when healthy Bulaga is a solid RT. If Mack, who is new to the Bears’ system, lines up as a right DE, the Pack will be just fine.

  30. Thanks for the bulletin board material Akiem!

    Always nice when some moron talks smack and gives the Pack and the game a little extra juice.

    The Pack never needs extra motivation, but will always take it when it’s provided.

    Is it Sunday night yet? Let’s rumble Chicago!

    About to sit down with my better half and watch the Brew Crew go for the sweep of the sCrubs. #ThisIsMyCrew

    #100Seasons

    #TitleTown

    #2018GreenBayPackers

  31. GenXJay says:
    September 5, 2018 at 7:56 pm
    The packers won’t have to hold off mack. The refs have a much anticipated, itchy finger, preloaded yellow flag thanks to the rodgers rule.
    ______________

    Seriously?
    No other fan base in the NFL pre-whines about officiating like Barney fans.
    We are on the eve of a brand new football season and the crying towels are already damp.
    The last few Packer stories have proven you’re all in prime mid season form.
    Though I suppose it’s important for you guys to make sure you all have your excuses lined up.

  32. The packers will keep the TE in to help with Mack taking away a receiver from Aaron. Packer fans the, least knowledgeable fans out there.
    >>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<
    Thank God you aren't Green Bay's OC. You're assuming GB can only play with one TE? There will be plenty of 02 and 12 personnel the Pack plays with this year. Mercedes Lewis and Jimmy Graham give the Packers effective options when limited to two-receiver sets, (three-receiver in 02).

  33. There’s a threaded post going around twitter that shows almost every play Mack had against the Packers that game. He was essentially neutralized one on one on almost every play. A few chips here and there, but Bulaga and DBak were typically able to handle him. Not saying it’ll happen this time, but with both Bulaga and DBak healthy, and Mack still getting into shape, I wouldn’t be surprised in the least.

  34. There’s a threaded post going around twitter that shows almost every play Mack had against the Packers that game. He was essentially neutralized one on one on almost every play. A few chips here and there, but Bulaga and DBak were typically able to handle him. Not saying it’ll happen this time, but with both Bulaga and DBak healthy, and Mack still getting into shape, I wouldn’t be surprised in the least.

    ___________________________________

    One thing you’re not considering is the Bears have a Defensive Coordinator that has played against the Packers six consecutive times. Vic Fangio is about to have Floyd, Smith, Trevathan, Mack behind Hicks, Goldman, Bullard.

    Keep trying to rationalize it. Good Luck Packers fans.

  35. Whelp, every team in the NFC North should just give up hand the Packers a play-off berth just because A A Ron is back and he’s the highest paid QB so he’s the best just because of that.

    It’s gonna be a dawg fight come Sunday night, the Bears defense was better than the Packers defense even before Mack showed up.

    Packers fans need to realize all the teams improved in the North and Rodgers cant throw hail marys every game. Defense wins games.

  36. “Packers fans need to realize all teams in the North improved. Defense win games”

    =========

    I agree with you that every team in the North improved. You are implying that the Vikings, Lions, Bears all improved and that the Packers stayed the same or got worse though.

    The Packers improved in all three phases. Offense, defense, special teams.

    We will see the actual results of who improved very shortly.

    I think you are in for a letdown if you are pinning all your hopes of beating the Packers on “the Packers defense sucks”

    Stay tuned👌

    #100Seasons

    #2018GreenBayPackers👊☝️

    #3DaysToWeek1Kickoff!👏🏈

  37. Remember when Jared Allen was a big deal and Chad Clifton stonewalled him without takes most every time?
    But this is a little different because Mack is better, and Bulaga is coming off recent knee surgery. So if not this game, he will be a serious threat for the next 5 years and Packers need to draft OL next year. I would throw right into the area over him.

  38. Packernet says:

    Big talk for a guy on a five win team. One that lost to Brett Hundley last year. Rodgers will have a field day with that defense.
    ###

    The Bears would have been a 5 win team in 2015 – except for the fact that they held Rodgers to 202 yards, sacked him twice, picked him off and held the Packers to a single TD.

    That loss made the last game of the season against the Vikings – a battle for the NFC North Championship. Rodgers was held to under 300 yards, was sacked 5 times, intercepted and once again – all the Packers could muster was a single TD.

    This is an example of why no one respects Packer fans – they are arrogant to a fault.

  39. I’m actually glad our REAL rivals in the NFC North, the Bears, are back! Makes it much more interesting when they are in contention with my Packers. Bring it on!

  40. Liberalsruineverything says:
    September 5, 2018 at 6:55 pm
    nhpats says:
    September 5, 2018 at 6:43 pm
    vikingf0rlife says:
    September 5, 2018 at 5:58 pm
    The Bears are going to be really good on defense, but will Trubisky be their guy?

    ————–

    That remains to be seen….but Trubisky certainly has more potential than Kirk “I-can’t-beat-a-winning-team” Cousins
    ————————————

    Patriots fans can’t come to grips with the fact that the SB Brady era is soon coming to an end. When it does it will come down like an anvil. Now they feel the need to troll good teams because they are going to suck sooner rather than later. Jimmy G sure looks good in that 9ers uniform don’t you think?

    ——

    Always minimizing other team’s success. What proof do you have that the Patriots won’t be as good or better than your team? The odds favor just the opposite. They have BB and you have Zimmer, no decision there.

    Who the hell cares if Brady plays 1 more year or 5. The success cannot be taken away.

    Unless your from Minnesota, then you remind everyone with rings that they are too old, or because of bad officiating, or because your player gets all the calls. Maybe, just maybe, your teams lack of success is part of the reason these teams have so much success.

    So much jealousy.

  41. gtodriver says:
    September 6, 2018 at 9:58 am
    The Packers are in contention with the Bears, for a wild card…

    ——

    So your saying the bears and packers will be 1 and 2 in the division?

    That must have been a very tough thing for you to proclaim.

  42. gtodriver says:
    September 6, 2018 at 7:27 am
    Packernet says:

    Big talk for a guy on a five win team. One that lost to Brett Hundley last year. Rodgers will have a field day with that defense.
    ###

    The Bears would have been a 5 win team in 2015 – except for the fact that they held Rodgers to 202 yards, sacked him twice, picked him off and held the Packers to a single TD.

    That loss made the last game of the season against the Vikings – a battle for the NFC North Championship. Rodgers was held to under 300 yards, was sacked 5 times, intercepted and once again – all the Packers could muster was a single TD.

    This is an example of why no one respects Packer fans – they are arrogant to a fault.

    ——

    Pot, meet Kettle.

    Have you ever really stepped back and read what you type?

    Keep spending your days finding any justification to put your team on the same level as teams who have won championships. You’ve gotten exceptionally good at the justifications, I mean excuses.

  43. Love when Packer fans try and critique a Bears team from last year. Here’s a hint: John Fox and his 1975 offense with Loggains calling plays are gone.

    BTW…The Bears didn’t just add Mack, they also added Roquan Smith to go with Floyd, Trevathan, and Hicks. The Bears front 7 may not be firing on all cylinders Sunday night, but they will give the Packers a run for their money. Be careful, collar bones up North a tad brittle from what I hear.

  44. NEWSFLASH / Green Bay Wi
    The Green Bay Packers have announced they will forfeit the Sunday Night Football game against the Chicago Macks.
    Akiem Hicks says nobody can block them so what’s the use of playing the game,
    Boooo Hooo !!

  45. Bears fans and Packers fans all thinking:

    “Why are these irrelevant Vikings fans acting all thirsty for attention and flooding in these Packers Bears threads?”

  46. The bears will be a top 3 defense! Does everyone forget what vic fangio did with Alden smith and justin smith?! The monsters of the midway are back baby!! If mitch is at least average they will be playoff contenders!!

  47. gobears84 says:
    Love when Packer fans try and critique a Bears team from last year
    >>>>>><<<<<<<
    We are well aware of the Bears defense. And yes they should be good. But there are few OB's who feast on aggressive defensive fronts like Aaron Rodgers. It's a staple of his diet.
    Watch out for the quick slants, WR screens, RB quick screen.
    There are ways a good play caller or a QB who reads defenses and audibles out can circumvent a strong front 7. It should be a good game,… right ?

  48. Good is a understatement…da bears could be great on defense! If mitch has more tds than ints/fumbles they will finish ahead of gb! Mark my words

  49. gtodriver says:
    September 6, 2018 at 9:58 am
    The Packers are in contention with the Bears, for a wild card…

    ———————-

    Good point, since The Lions will win the division this season!

    THE YEAR OF THE CAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. The Gumby’s seam a little nervous. Bears fans know the most important positions on defense are a shut down corner and a edge pass rusher. It was a high price to pay but they got maybe a HOF edge rusher. The Vikings gave up a 1st round pick for Allen and it was more than worth it. It made a mediocre Viking D really good. Mack might make a really good Bears D great. The Bears will beat the Packers if they run the ball a lot and don’t turn it over, at all.

  51. andrwken says:

    September 6, 2018 at 10:26 am

    gtodriver says:
    September 6, 2018 at 7:27 am
    Packernet says:

    Big talk for a guy on a five win team. One that lost to Brett Hundley last year. Rodgers will have a field day with that defense.
    ###

    The Bears would have been a 5 win team in 2015 – except for the fact that they held Rodgers to 202 yards, sacked him twice, picked him off and held the Packers to a single TD.

    That loss made the last game of the season against the Vikings – a battle for the NFC North Championship. Rodgers was held to under 300 yards, was sacked 5 times, intercepted and once again – all the Packers could muster was a single TD.

    This is an example of why no one respects Packer fans – they are arrogant to a fault.

    ——

    Pot, meet Kettle.

    Have you ever really stepped back and read what you type?

    Keep spending your days finding any justification to put your team on the same level as teams who have won championships. You’ve gotten exceptionally good at the justifications, I mean excuses.
    ==========================================

    Barbie/Ken:

    Your team is 8 years removed from their last title. The bears are 33 years removed.

    What does 1985 and 2010 have to do with 2018? Zilch.

  52. theyearofthecat1, shouldn’t you change the number on your name to 2, since the first proclamation of “the year of the cat” didn’t quite pan out for you and your Lions last season?

    Enjoy last place.

  53. I’m excited as anybody about the Bears getting Mack, but Hicks shouldn’t be giving the opposing locker room any additional motivation. Keep that to yourself and show them on Sunday night that our D means business!

    I bet there more than a few fans who would like to see Green Bay and Minnesota, along with their arrogant fans, knocked down a few pegs.

  54. andrwken says:

    gtodriver says:

    The Packers are in contention with the Bears, for a wild card…

    ——

    So your saying the bears and packers will be 1 and 2 in the division?
    ###

    No, as usual you have a wrong take.

    The Bears, Packers (and Lions) are in contention for a wild card.

    It’s quite possible that the NFC North may not have a wild card in the playoffs again this year though.

  55. 2018 THE YEAR DA BEARS AND CUBS WIN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!!! LETS GO CHICAGO!!!
    Seriously its finally possible for the first time in a long time!!!

  56. Mack vs packers when Green Bay won 30-20 at Oakland on Dec. 20, 2015 . 1 sack. 2 tackles. none vs Bulaga.

  57. beavwarius says:
    September 8, 2018 at 3:45 pm
    Mack vs packers when Green Bay won 30-20 at Oakland on Dec. 20, 2015 . 1 sack. 2 tackles. none vs Bulaga

    **************************
    Rodgers 22/39 204 yards 1 interception 68.8 passer rating. Maybe Mack did more than your box score says. Like hurries, tight coverage getting Rodgers out of comfort zone.

  58. aarons444 says:
    September 5, 2018 at 6:57 pm
    Patriots fans can’t come to grips with the fact that the SB Brady era is soon coming to an end.
    =====

    Surely you’ve read their stuff.

    They can’t come to grips with much of anything, really.

    =======================================

    9 super bowls in 23 seasons. come to grips with that.

  59. and vikings fans, ripping on pats fans, calling their team good. at least we come through half the time we play in a super bowl, and arent the nfc equivalent to the bills. also, kirk cousins? you really trust him? gl with that.

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