Week 17; Green Bay @ Chicago

2020 = over. We did it. The only time I will allow the year 2020 to be ever mentioned again is if we’re talking about the Green Bay Packers and the outstanding season we’ve been able to witness this year.

I don’t know about you guys, but with this year being everything but consistent, it was and has been a beautiful thing to be able to watch a football team bring so much life and positivitity to a dark situtation.

It’s almost like being on a rollercoaster, right? You’re always going up and down and up and down, but that view and that rush is what gets you through the ride without getting sick. Watching and being apart of this Packer community is almost like that.

Alright enough of the sappy shit. Let’s cut to it. The reason why you came to read this.

Week 17. Unbelievable.

The Packers (12-3) have gotten most of the job done, and now all that’s left is to beat the Bears (8-7) tomorrow in Chicago. Once that is done and over with, Green Bay can walk away with a secured No.1 seed.

The Packers can get the No. 1 seed, regardless of the result against the Bears, if San Francisco knocks off Seattle. So, obviously, cheer for the 49ers to beat the Seahawks.

No.1 seed means the only playoff first-round bye AND home-field advantage. Nothing could possibly go wrong. It’s in 2021. All that bullshit, we left her in last year’s trash can.

Right?

…R I G H T??????

2020 was not through with us yet.

Aaron Rodgers biggest protector on that O-line.

Packers LT David Bakhtiari, one of the game’s best-left tackles, was voted the Pro Bowl starter at offensive tackle earlier this month. A four-time All-Pro, he is an elite pass-blocker for the blindside of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and one of the Packers’ best players.

While this is heartbreaking to say the least, I have enough faith in the Packers offensive line to get the job done and make up for not having Bakhtiari in the mix. Like mentioned, it’s not like the line imploded when he was out three games this season already, so thats reassuring.

Bahktiari is the one of two Green Bay players that are listed “Out” for the game Sunday. Joining him DL Kingsley Keke who is going through concussion protocol.

So, you may ask, what does this all mean for the game this Sunday?

I don’t see the Bears as a challenge. Call me naive. For me, all I need to hear/see is Mitch Trubisky and that’s it. He’s just… Mitch Trubisky. Lol.

Since the Bears’ 41-25 loss to the Packers in Week 12, their offense has scored 30-plus points in four consecutive games for the first time since 1965.

Granted, those games were against Jacksonville, Detroit, Houston, and Minnesota. But, to each their own.

For the Bears to put numbers on the board against this Packers team, their run game will have to be on point like it somewhat has been. Green Bay’s pass defense has become significantly stronger and more of a prominent force these past few weeks.

The Packers were able to hold Titans QB Ryan Tannehill to a 40.5 passer rating last week. 40.5. I’ll leave it at that.

The Bears secondary, on the other hand, is down a few key players.

One of the team’s starting boundary cornerbacks, Jaylon Johnson, and the top slot corner in Buster Skrine are both out for Sunday’s game. That should make the Chicago defense more susceptible to the pass, an area where the Packers excel.

After the game that both Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams had last week, and just the season they’re having in general, I’d be nervous if I were the Bears defense. Being down some of your top players on defense against a team that has a QB like Rodgers to make outstanding passes against an elite defensive team, it’ll be fun to watch him tear apart Chicago tomorrow.

I said what I said.

But, lets say Chicago figures it out. They’re all over the passing game. Our run game, is another beast to be reckoned with.

Both Packers running backs Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones played well against the Bears in week 12. Williams returned to practice this week and is expected to play on Sunday. But we can’t forget about the week that other running back A.J Dillon just had…

Dillon against the Titans had 21 rushes for 124 yards, 2 TDs, and averaged 5.9 YPC.

Safe to say, I think going into this game, our offense is looking PRETTY solid going up against the Bears defense.

Let’s talk about it just in case. JUST IN CASE.

Hypothetically, if the Packers were to lose, there are two situations that essentially aren’t that great. Obviously.

IF Green Bay loses, but New Orleans was to win their game, there would then become a three-way tie between the Packers, Saints, and Seahawks; and if New Orleans were to lose, then there would be just a two-way tie between the Packers and the Seahawks.

Both scenarios would result in an L for the Packers though, considering we wouldn’t have the advantage in either of those tiebreakers. Long story short, that No.1 seed would be gone.

So we won’t speak that type of negative outcome into existence no further. I just have to relay that type of information to you people. So we’re all well informed of what’s at stake. Just doing my due-diligence.

Packers are going to come out of this 13-3, beating the Bears 37-27. I’m giving the Bears a little boost too. I’m feeling… generous.

New year, new game, but same old love for that Green and Gold. Go Pack Go baby.

Cheers to making it through 2020. I’m proud of you. Of me. Of us. Now let’s go get that No.1 seed.

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Samantha is a Saint Leo University graduate from Appleton, WI (the 920!). You can follow her on twitter at @Sam_Milliren.

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