It isn’t a question of whether the Green Bay Packers are capable of hanging with the playoff bound Chicago Bears today in the Windy City.
The Packers vividly illustrated that in the regular season opener in Green Bay back on Sept. 9 when they defeated the Bears 24-23.
Of course, since that game the Packers’ season has gone south – they are now 5-7-1 — while the-Bears’ season has gone north as the Monsters of the Midway boast an NFC North Division leading 9-4 mark.
Yet, you can fully expect the Packers to deploy the same strategy today that they used to “upset’’ the Bears in Game 1: exploiting the Bears’ suspect secondary.
In the first meeting between these teams this season, the Packers rallied to win as quarterback Aaron Rodgers surgically dissected the Bears’ coverage. Rodgers completed 20 of 30 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns.
Rodgers wasn’t the only QB to thrive against the Bears this season though. The Bears have allowed opposing passers to rack up an average of 225.7 yards per game. That ranks a lowly 23rd in the league.
If Rodgers has yet another prime-time showing against the Bears, the Packers can upend the five-point favorite Bears once again and keep their microscopic playoff hopes alive again for another week.
Prediction: Packers 27, Bears 20.