Senior writer jclombardi analysis with blueprint to beat Culver and Bears.
With the Packers playing flawless football on the playoffs road to the Super Bowl, they will beat the Bears with a methodological game plan. Here is why:
1) QB Aaron Rodgers. While the Bears will play Cover-2 and timed blitzes against QB Rodgers, he will beat it like in the Falcons game throwing for another 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. Rodgers will improvise under good protection to sling and ding to move the West Coast offense into scoring situations. When necessary, he can make long vertical passes to make scoring plays. The offensive line will play their game of their lives with All-Pro LT Clifton helping to deal with DE Peppers and company.
2) The Packers defensive scheme. Like the winning Packers game in Lambeau, the blitz pressure and tight coverage Packers defense will rattle QB Cutler into big turnovers. The best secondary in the league lead by CBs Williams, Woodson, and Shields, will limit the primary Bears receivers including playmaker WR Knox. Also, safeties Collins and Peprah will help to diminish the Bears receivers including playmaker TE Olson. With the outstanding front seven continuing its stellar playoff play, the Packers will limit Bears RB Forte.
3) An improved running game. While the Bears lead the NFC in rushing defense allowing only 90 yards per game, the Packers have rookie James Stark to help establish a productive running game to produce a two-dimensional West Coast offense. They accomplished this against the Phillies and the Falcons.
4) Poor field conditions–Nonfactor. Although the playing surface at Soldier Field is one of the worst in the NFL according to its own players, the Packers are used to playing under adverse conditions. Cold temps and bad turf conditions will present no problem for the Packers and their wide receivers. It’s gonna be a great “Legendary Packers victory against the “Still Suck” Bears.