Packers vs Bears Should be Close
The Packers have won seven of eight, the bears have lost four of their last five. What do you think?
Me-thinks despite the aforementioned evidence to the contrary, Chicago, at Chicago, will still be a tough out.
The Bears have a knack for playing the Packers tough, and while Green Bay has had the upper hand in recent seasons, six of the last nine meetings between the two teams have been decided by seven points or less.
Not that it isn't every week, but job one for the Packers will be hanging on to the football. Chicago's strongest suit this season, taking it away. They've done it a league leading 35 times. Typically, Green Bay isn't overly generous in that regard, and the Packers need to stay true to that form.
Like almost every opponent, the Bears will keep their safeties deep and dare the Packers to run it, and if recent games are any indication, run it they will. 152 and 140 yards in their last two says Mike McCarthy's investment in a ground game is starting to pay dividends. And while the Bears do rank fifth in total defense, they've allowed a healthy four and a half per carry.
When Green Bay beat the Bears earlier this season, it had 7 sacks and 4 interceptions. Hoping to match those kinds of numbers might be wishful thinking but the Packers are getting Clay Matthews back and he'll be the best defensive player on the field.
Bottom line, beating the Bears in Chicago, not easy, but do-able.