The series between the Packers and the Bears will feature it’s 200th meeting this Sunday December 15th. The series has had multiple ebbs and flows with the Packers currently holding a slim 3 game lead 98-95-6. One can expect a hotly contested game with emotions at a peak for both squads. The Packers are intent on reaching their 11th victory, while the Bears have been surging as of late and stand at 7-6 reaching for a playoff spot. Keep in mind the Bears victories have been by one score over the Lions twice, the Giants and the fading Cowboys. Not exactly playoff bound competition. As we all know from past history, records in the North Division don’t matter when the teams face off. Matt LaFleur needs to see consistency out of his team in all three phases. The offense needs to find a balance between Rodgers needing to throw for 400 yards or Jones needing to account for almost 200 yards. Somewhere in between would be an enviable spot for this offense to settle. They have the ability to achieve balance if each member on the offensive side of the ball would account for their performance on Sunday. I will continue to call on the WRs to run effective routes and find the open spots in the Bears defense. Jones and Williams each need to be effective in their running style when called upon. Rodgers needs to dissect the Bears defense quickly and effectively with precision passing and an occasional explosive play.
Mike Pettine’s defense needs to have a spy on Trubisky. They can’t allow him to escape and run free past the LOS. They must put constant pressure on him and force him to stay in the pocket and run the Bears offense from there. Stopping the Bears run game will be essential. Montgomery appears to be hitting his stride as of late and stopping the run has been an achilles heal for this defense. The secondary needs to continue to be opportunistic, because Trubisky can be careless. The Packers will count on the Smiths, Gary, Clark and the rest of the defense to apply pressure on the Bears offense to force mistakes.
Shaun Mennenga’s Special Teams were actually special last week and hope that trend continues. Better discipline and blocking will be the key. JK Scott will need to regain his September form when he was absolutely booming the ball. Mason Crosby at age 35 has been having a Pro Bowl worthy season.
The game might come down to Crosby, as have this one being tight, with Packers winning 23-21. {Hey Greenie! The New Average QB, 158.3, 25/31, 429yds, 5 TDs, 1 TD Rushing}

As Always, Go Pack Go!!


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