Predictions: Packers vs. Bears

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Devin Hester

Maybe don't kick to this guy.

Steffen: Apparently, the Chicago Bears will be “playing to win” this week. This was announced at different times by coach Lovie Smith and several of his players, this week.

Each time they declared their intentions, it was with an air of “Well, now what do you think about that?”

As if this decision suddenly empowered them, dashing any hope of victory for the Green Bay Packers. What, do they think the Packers haven’t yet faced a team this season that was actually trying to win?

You’ve got to love old Lovie. He stumbles into another winning season and he starts to love the smell of his own farts again.

I know a lot of the pundits and experts wondered if Chicago would rest some of their players before the playoffs since they secured a first round bye. But the Packers and their fans know better. So, if Chicago really believes they are magically destined to win because lo and behold they’ll be “playing to win,” so be it.

They have another thing coming.

Bring it on.

Here are some other nuggets for Chicago to chew on. In all likelihood, Green Bay is going to be conveniently flagged 18 times, like they were in the first game. Oh, and the game is at Lambeau. Lastly, the Bears still suck. Do these stunning developments guarantee victory for the Packers? No. But they’ll help.

One of the keys to victory will be containing Devin Hester. No one has done a great job of containing him this year and punting out of bounds all the time isn’t necessarily the best strategy, nor is as easy as it sounds. Vikings punter Chris Kluwe said as much in a rather well-written essay earlier this week following his Twitter spat with Peter King.

Hester is part of the equation. The fact of the matter is the Bears special teams are well coached and they execute. One way to hinder their ability in the kicking game is to give them different looks, change up the personnel and formations. The New York Jets may have stumbled on how to do this, with their ham-fisted attempt at a fake punt. They lined Mark Sanchez as the up back sending the Bears into a confused flurry. They broke up the pass, but had the Jets just lined up and kicked it, the Bears blocking assignments would have been a mess. Now, I’m not suggesting Green Bay throw Aaron Rodgers out there, but giving the Bears’ special teams unit vanilla looks week in and week out is almost as stupid kicking it right to Devin Hester.

No more Xs and Os from me. It doesn’t really matter in this game. These are two evenly-matched squads continuing one of the most historic rivalries in all of sports. One team will be playing to win and the other has to win. Give the edge to the team with more on the line.

Packers 34, Bears 23

Shawn: Anyone else remember 2006? The Bears played their starters in Week 17 at home against the Packers even though they had a first-round bye wrapped up. The result was an uninspired effort and an easy win for the Packers.

I do NOT expect it to be that easy this time around. However, the fact remains the Bears have essentially nothing to gain by playing hard this week; whereas the Packers have everything to play for. The Bears can’t even be concerned about facing the Packers in the playoffs, since the No. 6 seed, which the Packers are playing for, would guarantee the two teams wouldn’t meet until the NFC Championship game.

The Packers have to be concerned with their lack of a pass rush going into this game and into the playoffs. They can’t expect their opponents to turn the ball over six times like the Giants did. Jay Cutler, conversely, has been playing as good of football as I’ve ever seen him play. So, the Bears have the opportunity to stay in this game if they put out the effort to be there.

The Bears continue to be soft in the secondary, and so as long as the Packers can even moderately control the Bears’ pass rush, they should be able to score some points. If the Bears stay in their Cover 2, then the Packers should be able to run the football and have some advantageous second and third-down distances. If the Bears come out of their Cover 2, they have no one who matches up with Greg Jennings and frankly, it gives the Packers winnable matchups all over the field.

Even in a straight-up game, needed equally by both teams, the Bears would need a dominant performance from both defensive ends or a slew of Packers turnovers to slow the Packers offense down.

All this is probably more analysis than needed. The Packers have to win. The Bears are playing very well right now, but still suck.

Expect the Bears’ backups to appear if the Packers have a two score lead in the second half.

Packers 38, Bears 17

Monty: The Chicago Bears are a bunch of mouth-breathing fucktards. They can go fuck themselves.

Aaron Rodgers will rape their wives, kill their children and burn their fucking houses down.

Packers 42, Bears 3

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

29 Comments on "Predictions: Packers vs. Bears"

  1. i’m with monty on this one… minus the raping of their wives… they’re already married to bears players…

    packers 40’s to bears not even enough points to highlight…

  2. ay hombre

    Unless the Bears have a chance at the #1 seed, they’re starters will be on the bench for the start of the 2nd half…mark my word…no matter what the score is, he’ll be sitting them.

    Packers 38 Bears 13

  3. Madcity Packer Fan

    Yea totally agree. Lovie is going to sit his best players half way through the game even if we are up by a couple td’s.

  4. Buddy

    The Pack needs to hit the ground running right away so CHI sits thier starters. Remember that they have nothing to lose and that can be deadly. Once CHI is in the playoffs they will falter under pressure. I think we will be dangerous in the playoffs because our boys are hungry for it.

  5. Richard

    Identical to last season. A week
    16 blowout to clinch a playoff spot, a meaningless blowout week 17 against a playoff team that has nothing to play for. Let’s hope the wild card result isnt the same.

  6. Richard

    Doesn’t anybody else notice this is the same stupid false hype that the Packers rode into the playoffs last season?? Stop already, these guys haven’t won anything meaningful yet…

    • Madcity Packer Fan

      I would say a 45-17 win against the Giants held a decent amount of meaning. It’s a work in progress. Next season when we have all of a dozen of our starters back things will get pretty meaningful. If there isn’t a lock out.

    • Cody

      Richard AKA “Dick”….
      You are literally one of the most worthless fans I’ve ever seen in my life, you obviously don’t like the pack at all…why don’t you go root for the Vikes with an attitude like that. Win or lose you gotta stand by your team and I guess you don’t, go away, we don’t need fans like you. Gut check tomorrow, it’s going down!
      Pack win: 41-20

  7. DevilDon

    I hope they do play their starters the whole game, I don’t want to hear the noise out of the whiney-city that we won because they didn’t play their starters all game.
    Packers win this one no matter.

  8. Jerry- L.A."s #1 PK FN

    Monty, that has to be the best sport review ever. If there’s a Hall of Fame for sports writers you just punched your ticket my friend. GO PACK!!!!!!!

  9. Steffen

    Yeesh. Pretty weak effort so far. Just look at the body language of these two teams. It’s like the Pack doesn’t care. Ready to reverse my prediction…

  10. nurseratchett

    Funny…all my bear fan fiends were talking trash before the game via text….now NONE of them seem to be receiving calls OR texts.

    oops! I meant “friends” not “fiends”…or did I???

  11. Daaaave

    I agree, shouldn’t have been that close, but at least MM can tally a win in a close game. He needs to buy Nick Collins and the defense a case of beer for that gift. Oh and that Erik Walden guy who I’ve never heard of before, yeah, he gets a steak dinner and free car wash too.

    • nurseratchett

      Walden was where last week? Never heard of the dude before, but I’d have his baby after tonight!

      GO PACK GO!

      I have an English mastiff that weighs around 160 lbs; usually very sweet, but let’s rub mike vick in ham & road trip to philly. Who’s in??

  12. iltarion

    Packers did what they had to. Size of the win doesn’t matter. I can’t worry too much about the offense. A-Rodge just needs to play better, period. I was much encouraged by the defense Dom Capers called in the 2nd half. We finally had our aggressive defense back.
    Apparently the Bears really wanted us eliminated. I was surprised they kept their starters in the whole game, even after Cutler got sacked a bunch of times. I guess the game being close and the Bears being almost completely healthy had the most to do with that.
    At Philly is the last place I would prefer to play, but this team this year just could never do anything easy.

  13. WhatUSaid

    Tim Masthay with a helluva game. He was my MVP. The way he pinned the Burs offense late was impressive. Now do the exact same thing next week. OK Timmy my boy.

  14. Jerry- L.A."s #1 PK FN

    Hey nurse good idea. But fuck it, maybe it’s all the beer talking (typing) but we are gonna let our dog’s loose on that Bitch next Sunday and dig a nice big hole for him and bury his levenworth ass in it. A lil payback for the only fuck to go into Lambeau and win a playoff game in Lambeau. GO PACK GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Joe

    Great last stand for the pack!!! I will admit… i wanted to throw my tv out the window during the entire first half… but I was very encouraged at the effort shown in the second. Philly certianly isnt a place i wanted to see the pack play in the first round because historically it hasent been friendly to us in the playoffs (4th & 26 anyone? ), but if the packers can shut vick down… i see us going to atlanta to get that W we should have had the first time… GO PACK GO!

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