Packers at Bears Game Preview

| September 23rd, 2010

The Chicago Bears.  The Green Bay Packers.  Soldier Field.  Chicago, Illinois.  Monday night football.  Division on the line.  It just feels right.


Why do I like the Chicago Bears this week?

  • I always like the Chicago Bears.
  • Let’s get the bad out of the way first.  Look for Aaron Rodgers to move the ball through the air for somewhere between 300-350 yards.  Look for Jermichael Finley to exploit mismatches in the middle of the field for 8-10 catches.  They’ll move the ball but I think they’ll be limited when it comes to reach the end zone by their inability to get anything going on the ground.
  • I think the Bears are going to have a lot of success against these 3-4, blitz-heavy offenses.  If teams continue to come after Cutler with fifth and sixth attackers, Cutler will be able to pick and choose his quick toss targets and move the ball at will.
  • Last week the Chicago media was writing about Devin Hester’s struggles at wide receiver and he turned in his finest game at the position.  This week they are writing about his struggles as a punt returner.  Watch out.
  • You have to think Devin Aromashodu’s benching will light a fire, don’t you?
  • If the Bears found a way to block the Cowboy onslaught Sunday, I’m confident they can find a way to block just about anything the league throws at them.  Even Clay Matthews.
  • The stats say that Packers have been weak against the run, allowing over five yards a carry.  But the stats are including the incalculable role of Michael Vick gaining 100 on them in Week One.  Nevertheless I think the Bears find their run game in the fourth quarter.
  • Someone on the Bears, not named Julius Peppers, registers multiple sacks.
  • There were reports from Dallas that there were more Bears fans in Cowboys Stadium than Cowboys fans.  (Thanks to Noah, we’re hoping to pull the same feat in the Meadowlands next week.)  I expect Chicago to be a hellish place for an opponent Monday night.  Especially the Packers.

 Chicago Bears 31, Green Bay Packers 24