This Sunday one of the NFL’s most storied rivalries is renewed as the Chicago Bears host the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. The game will be at 1:00 pm eastern time and will be shown on FOX.
Why you should watch: This game should be one of the more interesting games this weekend because it has all of the elements of a “must watch” game. There is bad blood between the two teams, there was some serious trash talk this week, and there are playoff implications. Check, check, and check. Jermichael Finley called out Brian Urlacher, and Lance Briggs responded by calling Finley an idiot. If Chicago wins, they will be tied for first in the division, and if Green Bay wins they will have a stranglehold on the NFC North.
What to watch for: This week had some serious trash talk between the Packers’ Jermichael Finley and Bears’ Lance Briggs regarding Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. Look to see how Finley and Briggs interact on the field and whether there is any extracurricular activity or not. Briggs will probably see Finley a good amount in coverage, and Finley has been explosive but inconsistent. This battle should be entertaining given the recent war of words between them, and could have a big impact on the outcome of the game.
Key Matchups: Green Bay’s wide receivers against Chicago’s secondary. The Bears defense has been banged up, but so have the Packers’ wide receivers. Jordy Nelson will miss this game which means that Randall Cobb, Greg Jennings and James Jones should see more action against a secondary minus Tim Jennings. Along with Jermichael Finley, the Bears will have their hands full in the secondary, but this unit has been one of the more consistent in the league. This matchup will likely dictate the flow of the game, and will have a huge impact on its result.
The Pick: The Bears are simply too hurt on the defensive side of the ball to win this game. Brian Urlacher is the heart and soul of the defense and losing him will not help Chicago, despite what Jermichael Finley says. Aaron Rodgers has shown he can work with the options he has, and will do so effectively this Sunday. I’m going with the Packers, 24-17 in a fiercely contested game.