The Bears have clinched a first-round bye, and they're unlikely to do any better unless the Falcons are embarrassed by the Panthers next Sunday. Will the Bears mail-in their regular season finale? Mike McCarthy called that "a polluted mindset" and "we're going after them." QB Jay Cutler said he expects to play the whole game, and "we're going to be full-go." For what it's worth, the odds makers don't agree and opened with the Packers as a 10 point favorite.
More from Mike McCarthy. He's still not sure whether DE Cullen Jenkins can play on Sunday. Jenkins hasn't played since December 5th against the 49ers. Also, McCarthy believes the Bears best player is WR Devin Hester.
How well did QB Aaron Rodgers play last week? He was nominated for a GMC sponsored award, a FedEx sponsored award, and was NFC Offensive Player of the Week. You know he's in elite company when he's compared to QB Lynn Dickey (Rodgers had 404 passing yards against the Giants, which is the most in the game since Dickey threw for 418 yards in a game back in 1980).
The Packers are ranked No. 10 in the SB Nation NFL Power Rankings. Their record in games played against teams ranked No. 1 through No. 9 is 2-3, but it will improve to 3-3 after they beat the Bears on Sunday. They've also moved up to No. 5 in the Football Outsiders rankings, and as I expected, their pass defense is the new No. 1.