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Packers vs. Bears: Preview and prediction
- Updated: December 29, 2013
It comes down to just one game. One more win and you are in the playoffs. This is the situation the Green Bay Packers (7-7-1) and Chicago Bears (8-7) will be in as they square off this afternoon for the NFC North division crown.
In the first meeting between these two teams earlier this season at Lambeau Field, the Chicago Bears where able to grab the 27-20 victory, as Aaron Rodgers left the game early with a broken collarbone.
Without Rodgers the Packers have struggled to play consistent football going 2-4-1, causing many people to believe the Green and Gold would be out of the playoff picture by the time A-Rod got back onto the field. Fortunately for the Packers, the Bears have not played much better either going 3-4, giving them a chance to win the division in the final week of the regular season.
Now with Rodgers back, the Pack have a chance. Both teams’ defenses have struggled, and in fact the Bears defense has been even worse as they allowed 54 points to Philly a week ago. The running game will be key for both teams as it is expected to be a cold and windy day down in the Windy City, but the difference in today’s game will be Rodgers.
Everyone can agree that he will be the best player on the field, and when it comes down to it, quarterbacks are the reason teams win games. As long as the offensive line can hold a block for three seconds, Rodgers should do just fine. Plus whom would you rather have throwing the ball late in a big game situation, Aaron Rodgers or Jay Cutler? The answer is Rodgers, unless you are a clueless Bears fan.
This game could go either way, but Aaron Rodgers and Co. will be too much for the Bears to handle, as they will win this game 34-31 to keep their season alive.