Week 16 Preview: Green Bay at Chicago

Greg Jennings leads the Packer pass attack

Sunday in Soldier Field the Packers and Bears meet in what always is a great rivalry game in the NFL.  While last year we all thought that the game between these two in Chicago may have been Brett Favre’s last ever game, this year it’s just the opposite, as Favre is looking to lead the Packers back to the Super Bowl.  Green Bay is 12-2, hoping to win their last two and have the Cowboys drop one of their last two in order to have home field for the playoffs.  The Bears want to spoil the party, and have already beaten the Pack once, back in week five in Green Bay.

Things have made a big change since then for both teams, as the Pack’s loss was one of just two so far this year, while the Bears since that game have gone 3-6, stopping any thoughts of a defense of their NFC title from a season ago.  The Bears problem has really been both sides of the ball, as they are ranked 25th in offense, 29th in defense, and have gone through three QB’s this difficult season.

Kyle Orton will get the start this week, hoping to rebound from last weeks loss in Minnesota.  Orton threw a late pick that stopped the Bears from trying up the game in a 20-13 loss.  This one won’t be easy, as the Pack is still 11th in the NFL in defense, and they are allowing 215 yards per game through the air.  The Bears as a whole are only putting up 219 yards a game, and will need every yard vs the Pack.

Look for Ryan Grant to have a successful day on the ground vs Chicago.  He has been running well the past few weeks, and is one yard short of 800 yards for the season with six TD’s.  The Bears are giving up 124 yards per game on the ground.  As for Favre, he’ll make his plays, and the Bears have to do whatever they can to try and pressure him like they did the first game and make him throw a few picks if possible.

These two teams do not like each other, and rivalry games can be sometimes tough to call.  Not here.  The Pack will not allow a letdown, even on the road, and in the end they will leave the Windy City big winners over a Bears team that is just trying to end the season.


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