Cory Jennerjohn (@coryjennerjohn)
Chicago’s lynchpins on offense and defense — Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs — will be missed severely. Two weeks ago, the Bears allowed 209 yards rushing to Washington, so expect Eddie Lacy to punish the Chicago defense with his physical style. Aaron Rodgers has proven that it doesn’t matter who the receivers are, he’s still going to put up big numbers.
Packers 35 Bears 13
Jacob Westendorf (@jacobwestendorf)
The Packers come into this game on a four game winning streak since starting the season 1-2. The offense, despite all of its injuries has been rolling and the defense is playing better as of late. The Bears, however, are heading in opposite directions. The defense is a shell of its former self and the offense will be playing without quarterback Jay Cutler. Look for the Packers to disguise coverages as a way to confuse quarterback Josh McCown, and continue to roll with the balanced offense behind the 1-2 punch of Eddie Lacy and James Starks. When the final gun sounds expect Green Bay to have a 5 game winning streak heading into another home game against Philadelphia.
Packers 34 Bears 20
John Rehor (@jrehor)
For the first time in a long time, this game swings heavily to one team on paper. The Bears still have offensive weapons such as Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, and Alshon Jeffery, but will turn to Josh McKown to lead the offense again as Jay Cutler recovers from a torn groin muscle. Look for Capers to unleash the beast to try and confuse McKown and force turnovers. Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers and company look to exploit a struggling Bears defense which ranks as one of the worst in the league. No Lance Briggs roaming the field for the Bears is a huge advantage for the Packers. This game won’t be close, and at the end of the night, the Packers will be riding a five game winning streak.
Packers 45 Bears 24
Ross Uglem (@rossuglem)
I understand that this is a rivalry game, really I do. It’s going to be a good old fashioned ass-whipping. There is no question about it for me. I don’t see how Chicago’s depleted defense is going to be able to deal with Green Bay, and if and when the Bears get down big, they’re going to remove running the ball with Matt Forte from their game plan. The Packers have been doing very well defensively without Clay Matthews, dialing up enough pressures to maintain a top 12 NFL ranking in sacks. It’s truly an astonishing feat when you consider how few games a team that plays a 3-4 has played without its pass rushing OLBs (Matthews and Perry). Josh McCown is going to spend plenty of time running away from Mike Daniels and looking at a Brandon Marshall being covered up by Sam Shields. Packers in another romp.
Packers 45 Bears 20
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