Thursday September 5 will mark the 199th meeting between the Packers and Bears to kick off the 100th season of the NFL. The Packers hold the edge 97-95-6 in the series. The Packers have won 17 out of the last 21 games between the two. Aaron Rodgers is an impressive 17-5 versus the Bears, with an average passer rating of 103.7. This season opener is shaping to be a hotly contested game. The Packers offense and defense appear ready and eager to kick this season off. They can’t wait to show case their new systems.
The Packers have traded a 2020 conditional seventh-round draft pick for LB BJ Goodson and a conditional seventh-round pick from the Giants. To clear room for Goodson the Packers released LB James Crawford. The word on Goodson, he is a starting caliber Line Backer. By now you all know the Packers have signed 10 players to their Practice Squad without make any waiver claims. I’m pleased with the signings, TE Evan Baylis, RB Tra Carson, CB Kabion Ento, WR Allen Lazard, WR Malik Taylor, LB Randy Ramsey, LB Brady Sheldon, DL James Looney, T Yosh Nijman, and QB Manny Wilkins.
I saw a computer analysis of the NFL season today and it had the Packers finishing 13-3, winning the NFC North, and securing the #1 seed and a first round bye for the playoffs. Unfortunately they predict the Packers will lose to the Rams in the Divisional round. I find that very interesting, but somewhat aggressive. I have said all along, I believe the Packers ceiling is 12-4 if everything is perfect. By Perfect I mean few injuries, Aaron Rodgers returning to form, running game strong and another year of improved defense. Where this analysis had the Packers off to a rocket start, 8-0. I have them 4-4, and finishing strong, as long as they beat San Diego on the road.
Let’s all take a front row seat Thursday night, cheer Matt LaFleur, Mike Pettine, the whole staff and team on to an upset of the Bears in game one of 2019!
As Always, Go Pack Go!
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