I want everyone to know this is not a question of talent, but more a question of preparedness and fatigue. It would be silly to make a judgement call at this point of the season on talent, because lets face it, both teams are going to be relying on a few rookies to contribute, and I don't think it would be fair to judge them going against anyone but NFL starters for a whole game to determine their impact. Plus, we know what the Packers can do on Offense, but we don't really know about our Bears. (we all have high hopes, and for good reason)
Hey guys, so even though we have a really important preseason matchup tonight with the G-Men, I thought I would take a quick peak ahead at week 2. Week 2 features a Thursday night matchup between The Beloved and The Green Bay Packers.
Bears: We play the Indianopolis Colts and rookie QB Andrew Luck at home in our first game. While Luck has looked fairly solid in the preseason, it will be his first start in an NFL game. The Indianopolis D isn't known for being stifling, but our LT should get some good work against Dwight Freeney. Hopefully our front four can generate some pressure on the rook which I think it can. Remember Indianopolis lost their signal caller on the O-Line in the offseason, signing with our arch-rival Green Bay. All in all, I think this is a great start to the Bears season, playing a sub-par team from last year at home.
Packers: The Packers have it much tougher when they host San Fransisco for their first game of the season in what should be one of the marquee matchups of the NFL this season. Both teams won their respective divisions (although i'm not sure i'd call the NFC West 'respective') last year, and both are primed to make deep playoff runs this year. This might be a case of unstoppable force meets immovable object. The Packers boast a high octane offense, and the Niners boast one of the best D's in the league. Expect this one to be a dogfight, with both teams looking for homefield throughout the playoffs and this game being a big tiebreaker bewteen the two.
Week 2: As i said, both teams are on a short turn-around after the Packers playing a tough game at home, and the Bears playing at home. However, The Pack are at home in week 2. (It's kind of nice to get that Lambeau trip out of the way while its still summer out!) So what do you think? Some other things to consider are, how much will the Pack have to show on offense to overcome the Niners? Will some of the offensive weapons the Niners acquired in the offseason have a big impact on how much offense the Packers actually have to play? How much will the Bears defense have to show against Luck? How much will our offense have to show? Could this be a trap game for Chicago?
Other stuff: If we beat the Colts (which is a good possibility), and the Niners beat the Pack (which is a 50/50 toss-up as far as I am concerned), the Bears will be in a great position to take control of the NFC North early on. Do you think if that scenario played, with the Bears being 1-0 heading into week 2, and the Pack 0-1, that our team would smell blood in the water? Just like a South African Great White Shark off Seal Island, launching aerial attacks all over Lambeau field against a swiss-cheeselike Cheesehead passing D? Questions, Comments, Frustrations, Hostilities? Let me know what you guys think, and as always, BEAR DOWN!