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The Long Run

Posted By Smiley On Dec 16 2012 @ 12:47 am In Chicago Bears | No Comments

Sunday December 16th, 2012 at Soldier Field

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

By The Numbers

The 1-4 skid the Bears has have been on has been nothing short of depressing to Bears fans across the world. When the Packers come into Chicago they will be coming off a their last 5 games with a 4-1 record. This game has major implications for the Bears going forward if they expect to get into the playoffs and at least try to make some noise.  The Packers offense is not at the very top of the league unlike last season which could be the result of an improved defense that had plenty of room to improve after last season. The Bears rank at the very bottom in in the league when it comes to offense and their defense is taking a injury blow every week it seems. The Bears offense is predicated on Jay Cutler and and Brandon Marshall, which the Packers successfully shut down in week 2 of the season. However, both teams have had their ups and downs and injury woes. Green Bay has 16 players that will either on Injured Reserve or have been out for multiple weeks. Almost half of that 16 were at one point this season staring for the Packers. The Bears have 10 players officially out for the game, 8 of those players had played a significant amount of minutes this season. Those players include Shea McClellin, Brian Urlacher, Tim Jennings, Robbie Gould, and Henry Melton. Maybe I should have changed the title the “Battle of the Back-up defenses”.

Beyond the Numbers

As any NFL fan might know, the Packers seemingly revamped defense throttled the Bears seemingly revamped offense and a lot of trash talking from both teams preceded the thrashing. It seems like déja-vu as not only the outspoken Brandon Marshall but also defensive star Lance Briggs have mentioned the awful taste they are anxious to get out their mouths since the last meeting. They speak for the whole team as they try to increase the tension and make the Packers try to do more than necessary and screw up. Last time this happened the Packers responded by doing exactly what Jay Cutler thought they couldn’t. But this game is different, yeah every Packers game is important to Lovie Smith and his Bears but this is a must-win if they want to win the division and secure a playoff spot as the Pack already holds one tiebreaker by having a better record.Chicago doesn’t have to make it convincing they just have to win, they are 4-2 in all games at home this season and need to act like it.

Special Note: With a hobbled Urlacher and still clicking offense the Bears held Green Bay to 23 points, 7 coming off a fake field goal.

My Prediction: Bears 17 Packer 14

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