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Bears vs. Packers Week 3 Preview and Predictions
Posted By Kamil Kolodziejski On Sep 24 2011 @ 2:47 pm In Chicago Bears | No Comments
The Chicago Bears (1-1) return to Soldier Field in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game. Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers (2-0) look to stay on top of the NFC North with a road matchup against its oldest rival.
The Chicago Bears follow a tough road loss to the New Orleans Saints which featured Jay Cutler being sacked six times and fumbling the ball once. Gabe Carimi (knee), Earl Bennet (chest) and Major Wright (head) all went down with an injury during the game.
The Packers allowed Carolina Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton to throw for 432 yards last week with WR Steve Smith hauling in 156 of those yards. Aaron Rodgers and his Packer teammates look to continue their pursuit towards another Super Bowl title, but both S Nick Collins (neck) and LB Frank Zombo (shoulder) will be out in Sunday’s matchup.
Bears – RB Matt Forte continues to prove he is one of the elite backs in the league who deserves to be compensated properly (final year of $600,000 rookie contract). The Bears have accumulated 623 total yards of offense with Forte owning 324 of those yards. That’s 52% of the offense! Please stay healthy Forte.
Packers – Aaron Rodgers is off to a strong start to the season with a 70.8% completion percentage, 620 yards, 5 TDs and zero INT. The Packers offensive line has provided Rodgers with ample time in the pocket surrendering only three sacks so far this season.
My pick: Packers
Bears – The Bears D simply did not show up last week against the Saints. Drew Brees exploited the secondary with 270 yards and 3 TD including a 79-yard TD bomb to Devery Henderson. The front four will have to provide more pressure as the Bears secondary has been battling injuries.
Packers – The Packers dared Cam Newton to throw, so Newton threw for 432 yards and 1 TD but was picked off three times. CB Charles Woodson proved to be too much for Newton finishing the game with 2 INT, 5 tackles, and a fumble recovery.
My Pick: Da Bears!
Bears – The Bears will continue to have Devin Hester returning the kicks, but Johnny Knox had his first return of the season against the Saints. Knox showcased his skills with a 30 yard return. Look for Johnny Knox to increase his role as a return man as well as in the Bears offense.
Packers – The Packers have found their lightning-in-a-bottle return man in rookie WR Randall Cobb. Cobb (from Kentucky) provided an electrifying 108-yd kickoff return in week one against the Saints - tied for the longest in NFL history.
My Pick: Tie
4TH PHASE X-FACTOR
Bears – The Chicago Bears currently own the all time series lead with a 92-84-6 record. After losing the NFC Championship game, Bears fans seek revenge in what will be a boisterous crowd at Soldier Field.
Packers – The Packers won the NFC Championship game last year against the Bears. That’s major bragging rights!
My Pick: Tie
My Winner for the Wk. 3 Matchup: Da Bears!
Final Score – Bears 22 Packers 19
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