For Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers fans, it’s a short wait this season for a game between the long-time rivals thanks to this week’s Thursday night game.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is brimming with confidence after last week’s 41-21 rout of the Indianapolis Colts. On Tuesday, he felt like trash talking and wished Green Bay’s secondary good luck with his receiving corp.
For Green Bay, they’ll look to recover from last week’s home loss against the San Francisco 49ers. It was a wakeup call for the division’s favored team and the likelihood of losing a second game at Lambeau has no appeal.
History is on Green Bay’s side for Thursday as they’ve won the last five games against their rival. The Bears’ last win came on Sept. 25, 2010 in the Windy City and it’s an even longer dry spell for a Lambeau victory: Oct. 7, 2007.
I say it’s time to break the spell; it may very well happen.
Cutler will enter the game with bravado after passing for 333 yards, two touchdowns and one pick. New wide receiver Brandon Marshall, his former go-to guy at the Denver Broncos, was again his favorite as the big player had nine catches for 119 yards and one touchdown in Week 1.
It was nice to see a tall receiver on the field. Anyone notice him walking next to Devin Hester? It looked like a father-son duo.
In addition, Cutler appears to have found a second receiver he likes with 6’3″ rookie Alshon Jeffery. In his NFL debut, the player had three receptions for 80 yards and one touchdown.
Up north, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tried his best with 303 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception but the team’s problems came to light in its 30-22 loss.
Unfortunately for Green Bay, they had the sole distinction of the conference’s only loss on Sunday.
The Packers new but old running back and former Chicago Bear Cedric Benson disappointed in his first outing. He had nine carries for 18 yards. His quarterback led the team in rushing with 5 carries for 27 yards.
On the receiving side, Rodgers went to James Jones, who had 4 receptions for 81 yards and one touchdown. He was the team’s leader followed by Randall Cobb with 9 receptions for 77 yards.
The Bears defense will need to stop Rodgers and that means Julius Peppers, Israel Idonije, rookie Shea McClellin along with Henry Melton need to rattle and get in the quarterback’s face.
The team also needs to have vintage Brian Urlacher in the game.
Another great game by the Bears’ small cornerback Tim Jennings would also be good.
Cutler will need to watch out for veteran defensive back Charles Woodson along with his defensive teammates that will try to stop the running duo of Matt Forte and Michael Bush.
The moody quarterback will also need to throw with accuracy, receive protection by his improving O-line and not lose his head in the game.
Hopefully the Bears will not have to rely on one of their leading scorers, kicker Robbie Gould, to get points on the board. On Sunday, Gould had two field goals with 35-yarder as his long one.
I bleed Orange and Blue so I am drinking the Kool-Aid this week. I see a 20-17 win for the Bears.
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Written by Debbie Baratz