Sunday, September 26, 2010

Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears: GB -3

No one really knew what to expect from the Bears this year.   I don't think anybody is about to crown them with anything yet, but two wins out of the gate is a promising start.   Cutler has managed to put up more TDs than INTs and he is spreading the ball around to a lot of receivers.  However, in their defeat over the Cowboys they only managed 38 rushing yards and were 1 for 11 on third down.  The defense is playing well and they are playing at home.  Expect a lot of sharps to fade the public and go with the Bears on MNF, but I picked the Packers to go to the Super Bowl and I don't see any reason to back off of them.  The Packers are not the Lions or the Cowboys.

Rodgers will get all of the national headlines, but the real story after two weeks for the Packers is their defense.  Mathews has been an unstoppable force and is easily among the top 5 ends in the NFL right now.  Back-to-back 3 sack games will get a lot of attention from CHI, but he's not the only one they should be worried about.  A.J. Hawk returned to the field last week and put up a team leading 9 tackles and had two quarterback hits.   LT continues to be a big question mark and they will certainly be giving help to keep Peppers in check.   The Bears have offensive line issues of their own so look for a few passes to be up for grabs as Culter is much more inclined to force some throws than Rodgers.  I expect the Bears to put up a good fight and they appear to be headed in the right direction, but they will realize how much more they need to improve before they can consider themselves serious contenders.   At the end of the day the Packers will prove superior on both sides of the ball and come out with a victory. Prediction: Bank GB -3.