The last time the Chicago Bears played their long-time rival in the Green Bay Packers, Green Bay claimed the all time series lead for the first time in decades at 95-94-6. Though, that lead might be short lived with a banged up Packers team without quarterback wonder Aaron Rodgers visiting a mucky Soldier Field today.
For the first time in the modern era, the Bears have the quarterback advantage and should be favored. Everything is coming up Bears against their primary historical counterpart. But perhaps all of this favor blows up in their face in a mismanagement.
Here are Windy City Gridiron's staff game picks for Bears-Packers.
The Packers have lost three straight, are extremely banged up, and quickly learning how much Aaron Rodgers has done to mask their roster flaws yet again over the years. This is as much of a trap game as it gets for John Fox's Bears. Trap game in how Fox can lose this game, of course.
With that being said, it will be difficult seeing Brett Hundley do much of anything against Chicago's defense - by far the best unit he's played to this point. Meanwhile I suspect Mitchell Trubisky won't channel Jay Cutler and will have a surprisingly efficient game in his first start against Green Bay.
Bears 24 Packers 13
Lester Wiltfong Jr.
After being embarrassed in their first meeting, a nationally televised game, the Bears better be prepared to beat the snot out of a Hundley-led Packers team. Even though the Bears turned the ball over four times in that Thursday night game, they still allowed the Packers to go five for five in the red zone with five touchdowns. I expect Chicago's defense to play angry and dominate.
Bears 27 Packers 13
Trap game? Not with Mitch F****** in the huddle. It's his huddle, and he'll break it when he's good and ready. This feels like right after Rodgers went down in the first 2013 game, and all of a sudden it was Josh McCown against Seneca Wallace. Trubisky versus Hundley? Yes please.
The Bears defense is on the rise and is out for bones.
Bears 22, Packers 10
This indeed screams trap game. The Bears are favorites for only the sixth time under Fox. They are 0-5 in those games (the last game they were favored was against Jacksonville last year). That doesn't make me feel too good but the Packers have looked bad and the week off should do some good. I think if we know a Fox team like we think we do, the Bears will start slow, look sloppy and play ugly football. Yet, somehow the Packers are worse.
Bears 17, Packers 13
Everything about this game screams Bears win, and win big.
But something doesn't sit right with me. Maybe it's the recent poor performances coming out of the bye week, or that this coaching staff hasn't been able to take advantage of injury replacements. That, coupled with the fact that the Packers have shown time and time again that they have better coaching, and I am uneasy.
The Bears, even in their wins, are sometimes a few plays away from losing and the Packers get bounces against the Bears. Pus, if this comes down to field goals, the Bears are at a disadvantage. I want to believe but I can't yet.
Packers 20 Bears 17
I have to disagree with my esteemed colleagues about this being a trap game. You have to be a good team playing an inferior opponent focused on a bigger marquee match up the next week to have it be a trap game. We aren't good enough nor are the Lions a bigger opponent to worry about than the oldest rivalry in football. Seriously, if this team gets "trapped" I want all of them gone by Sunday evening. I want a beat down of these green and mustard goofs - how many chances will we get sans the deodorant QB known as Rodgers?
The Bears dominate the line of scrimmage and time of possession for a nice, old fashioned, black and blue division victory.
Bears 23 Packers 6
This will be another low-scoring game on the Bears' part, as has been the case for most of the year. However, with the way Hundley has been playing in Rodgers' absence, it doesn't seem like there are many teams the Packers can beat. Add in the fact that Green Bay's defense hasn't been all that great, and this appears to be a favorable matchup for Chicago.
Bears 21 Packers 12
Hundley continues to be below average in Mike McCarthy's pedestrian offense (now fully exposed with Rodgers sidelined). They stumble to a touchdown and two long-ish field goals versus the Bears solid defense. Trubisky engineers a touchdown in each half and tacks on a field goal. The defense continues it's larcenous ways and snags another turnover; setting up the last field goal.
Bears 20 Packers 13
Bears contain Hundley more or less but they also contain themselves. #MT10 notches an overtime win by going off script and making a play happen.
Bears 19 Packers 13
The Packers are coming to Soldier Field with one too many boo-boos at the quarterback position. With Trubisky coming off a bye week of level-ups and game-planning while throwing to the three-headed receiver-beast of Dontrelle Inman, Kendall Wright, and Tre McBride, I expect this to be a shootout. Between the Bears offense and the Bears defense. I predict defensive touchdowns for Kyle Fuller and Eddie Goldman and a second safety for Leonard Floyd. Also, we'll see Glennon come in as a run blocker on a successful Dowell Loggains trick play.
Bears 51 Mason Crosby 9
I think Chicago will win the turnover battle yet again, and Brett Hundley will be running for his life more often than not. Look for them to break one pass deep, but I don't think Green Bay will be able to score points.
On the other hand, I expect the Bears to play "Fox-ball" so we won't score a ton either. Still, somebody will break a long one or two on the Packers who will be playing 10 in the box. The key will be if Loggains and Trubisky can beat the blitzes that Dom Capers loves to throw teams' way.
Bears 24 Packers 10
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