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Breaking it down: NFC Title

For the first time since 1941 the Packers and Bears will meet in the NFL playoffs.  Only four times have the two teams been in the playoffs the same year and on Sunday they will meet with a trip to Dallas and Super Bowl XLV on the line.

When the Packers have the ball: The Bears have done a very nice job the last two meetings slowing down the Packer offense.  Green Bay scored just 27 points in the regular season meetings (the Packers had 28 second quarter points vs. Atlanta). Aaron Rodgers lit up the Falcons with 3 passing touchdowns and he ran for another, but he hasn't been able to get on track against the Bears this season. The Bears lead by Julius Peppers get after the quarterback all day.  If Chicago can get after Rodgers and bring him down the Packers will be in trouble. Green Bay has little to no running game.  James Starks had a great day against Philly, but hasn't proved he can be consistent, especially against a tough Bears team.

When the Bears have the ball: Jay Cutler is prone to making mistakes and will not get away with some of the throws he did against Seattle.  Green Bay's secondary is way too opportunistic and have risen to the occasion in each of the first two games.  The Packers will pressure Cutler and not let him off the hook as much as the Seachickens did.  However, the key to the Bears offense game plan will be Matt Forte.  If Forte can do what Michael Turner couldn't it will allow Cutler some extra time keeping the GB pass rush at bay. The Packers DBs are VERY good, Tramon Williams is playing like a man possessed right now and if I was Cutler I wouldn't even try to test him.

X-Factors:

  • Playing surface: The field is Chicago is often regarded as the worst in the league. Just looking at it last week it doesn't even look like the grass is alive.  The Packers looked great on the turf in Atlanta, but Solider Field might be the great equalizer. 
  • Devin Hester: The Packers can not allow Hester to return a kick or punt. Chicago has just two touchdowns against GB this season and one was a Hester punt return in the first meeting in Chicago.
  • Packer LBs not named Matthews: Erik Walden, A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop; they dont exactly strike fear into anyone, but they have been playing FANTASTIC.  They need to keep it up, get to Cutler when the opportunity presents itself and take away his check downs. The DBs will be able to take Knox and Hester out, but Chester Taylor, Greg Olson and Forte can't pick up long gains on the underneath routes.

Advantages:

  • Quarterback: Packers
  • Running Backs: Bears
  • Wide Receivers: Packers
  • Tight Ends: Bears
  • Offensive Line: Packers
  • Defensive Line: Push
  • Linebackers: Bears
  • Defensive Backs: Packers
  • Kicker: Bears
  • Punter: Bears
  • Returners: Bears
  • Packer Offense vs. Bear Defense: Push
  • Packer Defense vs. Bear Offense: Packers
  • Special Teams: Bears (NOT EVEN CLOSE)
  • Coaching: Push

Prediction: Packers 23, Bears 14

 

Should be a great game!

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