So here’s the deal: the Bears may take on the Lions in Detroit on Sunday, and they may need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. But, just as important is that the Packers beat the snot out of the Vikings up in Minnesota later in the afternoon.
Without that second component, a win or a loss against the Loins is meaningless. So, this week, the final week of the 2012 NFL regular season, we’re picking both the Bears-Lions and Packers-Vikings games. Here’s who we got:
Adam Oestmann (11-4) 73%
Bears 27, Lions 17 The Bears should win. They have to win. While a Detroit victory wouldn’t completely shock me, I can’t say the same thing about this game as I did the Packers-Vikings game. I would be marginally surprised if the Bears lost.
Packers 31, Vikings 23 Green Bay isn’t going to have any qualms about going to Minnesota on the road to close out their season and try to secure a win. They are the favorites to win this game by any objective standards. Having said that, a Vikings’ victory wouldn’t shock me in the least.
Darren Doxey (10-5) 66%
Bears 24, Lions 13 Bears will win if for no other reason than prolonging the Lovie Smith era for another unfortunate year. That’s just the way things go for Bears fans.
Packers 34, Vikings 24 Same reason as above. Lovie Smith needs Aaron Rodgers to win, so, just to spite me, he will.
Blake Van Poucke (9-3) 75%
Bears 21, Lions 13 The Lions are not going to mail this one in. The Bears will have to win by staying disciplined and not beating themselves. Lions are riding a seven-game losing streak, and teams on losing streaks tend to lose focus.
Packers 30, Vikings 14 I could honestly see Adrian Peterson rushing for 208 and the Packers still winning easily. For Ponder to win, he must make the critical throws on third down and in the Red Zone, but the Packers are hot right now and have dominated the division, even on the road.
Ryan Wooden (0-2)
Bears 21, Lions 13 The Bears feast on bad football teams, and regardless of how much hatred seems to boil over in this rivalry, the Lions are still a bad football team. Despite all the vitriol, Bears get it done.
Packers 28, Vikings 24 The Packers know exactly how dangerous it is to allow a divisional opponent to sneak into the postseason, having won a Super Bowl when they did so themselves in 2012. I don't see them letting the Vikings win by any means, so I like the Packers.
Fan Prediction (2-4) 33%
Each week (started in Week-11) I ask Bears fans on Twitter to send me their game predictions, so I can include the first one that comes my way on the blog and get the rest of you involved a little bit. Here’s Sean Linstrom’s predictions:
Bears 18, Lions 10 Bears will struggle early, but will win in Detroit.
Vikings 27, Packers 20 This one goes into overtime with the Vikings coming out on top, scoring 27 unanswered.
There you have it. Bears get the nod over the Lions in a unanimous call and an average score of 22-13. Helping to get the Bears in the playoffs, we have the Packers beating the Vikings 4-1 in an average score of 30-21.