Both the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears remained respectful of each other’s efforts during scheduled press conferences earlier in the week. Mike McCarthy commented on how impressive the Bears have been, while Lovie Smith acknowledged how hot the Packers are after a crushing win against the Atlanta Falcons.
All of that subtle banter didn’t deter Bears tight end Kellen Davis, though.
Following wide receiver Greg Jennings’ comments prior to Chicago’s meeting with the Seattle Seahawks, Davis decided to share his thoughts on how confident the Bears are heading into this Sunday’s match up at Soldier Field.
"I'm just glad to be a part of the history it's going to be, because we're gonna win" Davis told reporters.
On the season Davis has been one of Chicago’s biggest disappointments. With only 19 yards and one single touchdown to his name, the Bears starting tight end spot has seen much more productivity thanks to forth year player Greg Olsen.
So why is Davis reigniting the smack talk in this historic 90 year rivalry?
While the Bears may be no product of Rex Ryan’s verbal abuse school, Chicago feels that they have a distinct advantage this weekend due to the comfy confines of Soldier Field. The Packers slipped up against the Bears 20-17 during Week 3, handing McCarthy’s team their first loss of 2010.
Still, that doesn’t warrant cockiness on the Bears behalf.
In Green Bay’s defense, revenge is a dish best served cold – twice. The Packers revamped 3-4 scheme took control of Jay Cutler back in Week 17 to earn themselves the sixth seed in the NFC, also limiting Cutler to under 200 yards.
Expect some well-timed controversy in the coming days, as this game wouldn’t be a rivalry without some casual chit-chat.
Keep in mind, though, it probably isn’t wise for a backup player to make unjustified comments, seeing as though the Packers limited one of the best tight ends in the game, Anthony Gonzalez, to just seven yards last week.
Ryan Cook is an Australian author for Acme Packing Company, and a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also a guest writer on PackerChatters, and a contributing writer to Detroit Lions Talk, Gack Sports and Sports Haze.