The Browns absolutely demolished the Bengals two days ago so chalk up a loss for me this week. Now let’s move on to the Sunday Night game, and an extremely historic rivalry.
Bears at Packers
(3-5, 3-2 away)
(5-3, 3-0 home)
Chicago’s Keys to Victory:
1. Make Rodgers uncomfortable: The Packers may have lost either or both guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang for tomorrow’s game. If Chicago is going to get any momentum going they definitely need to make Aaron Rodgers uneasy in the pocket and apply constant pressure. Their last win against Green Bay was a November Monday Night matchup in 2013 when they knocked Rodgers out with a broken collarbone. They need all the edges they can get in this one.
2. Get Bennett going: There’s a chance Martellus Bennett might play tomorrow, but there’s also a chance he might sit out too. Bennett is second in the league among tight ends with 47 catches, and 4th with 517 receiving yards. Cutler has 19 interceptions and 13 touchdowns against the Packers, and he might need that extra security blanket to help him succeed in this one.
3. In Forte we trust: Matt Forte has 562 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the year. The Packers also have the worst rushing defense as well. Something tells me Green Bay already knows Chicago will try to run it, but when you have a back like Forte you’ve got to like your chances.
Green Bay’s Keys to Victory:
1. Stop the Run: The rushing defense could be the Achilles’ Heel for Green Bay. While Bear’s quarterback Jay Cutler is prone to making mistakes, don’t be surprised if Forte breaks a big one in this game. You signed Julius Peppers for a reason, stuff the gaps.
2. Spread the Wealth: Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson each had 100 receiving yards and two touchdowns in September’s game against Chicago. Aaron Rodgers knows his weapons, and as long as he remains calm and collected he should succeed.
3. Force Cutler to throw: I know people are getting tired of hearing me say I think Jay Cutler is a terrible quarterback, but the truth is that he is. Until he can prove to me that he’s able to win big games on the road (where you don’t have to knock out Aaron Rodgers) then I will still question him.
As you can see from the Jay Cutler rant above, I don’t have a lot of confidence in the Chicago Bears chances. Green Bay wins by at least two touchdowns.
Stay Classy Everyone!