So it all comes down to this. The Chicago Bears’ season has been full of ups and downs, and somehow a Week-17 showdown versus the Packers to decide the NFC North seems fitting.
Taking the season thus far as a whole, it’s fair to wonder whether or not the Bears can make waves in the postseason even if they do triumph over Green Bay this Sunday.
But let’s not think about that right now. Right now let’s simply revel in the rivalry, shall we? With that in mind, here are the Chicago Bears Huddle staff picks for Bears-Packers. As always we asked on fan on Twitter to join us.
Fan Prediction (9-6)
@adamspeaks Close game, lots of offense from both teams, Bears use a 4th quarter game-winning drive to squeak out a 34-30 victory.
— ©©® (@ChiCity_Rich) December 28, 2013
Darren Doxey (8-7*)
Packers 31, Bears 24: Green Bay — even with a rusty Aaron Rodgers — makes the Bears’ defense look stupid. Both defenses are horrible, and both offenses should have big days on the ground, which only feeds what Rodgers does best in throwing the ball deep to Jordy Nelson.
Dominique Blanton (8-7)
Bears 34, Packers 31: Rodgers is rusty for one quarter, but my guess is he starts to heat up after that, and Lacy gets his yards on the ground against a terrible run defense. However, I think Jay Cutler stands up to the pressure that is put on him and wins the shootout against the best QB in the game.
Matt Eurich (8-7)
Bears 34, Packers 30: I’ve gone back and forth on this one all week, and despite the debacle in Philadelphia on Sunday night, I think the Bears will bounce back on Sunday against the Packers.
Aaron Rodgers will certainly get his, but in one of the most important games of his career, I think Jay Cutler will finally step up and lead the Bears to victory and an NFC North crown.
Blake Van Pouke (7-8*)
Bears 34, Packers 31: I believe the Bears move past whatever happened in Philadelphia and play one of their best games at home for the division. It’s a major challenge with Aaron Rodgers coming back, but I see a Packers’ defense letting up 35+ points a week.
It comes down to the mental mistakes, like last week in Philly. If the Bears can correct those and stay balanced on offense they can absolutely win this game. I choose the home team.
Bob Warja (6-9*)
Packers 41, Bears 30: The Packers are starting Aaron Rodgers, the Bears’ run defense is historically bad, and Jay Cutler has been really awful in his career vs. Green Bay. Even with a mistake-free Josh McCown at QB, if Rodgers hadn’t been injured, let’s face it, the Bears probably don’t win that game earlier in the season. Hey, I hope I’m wrong …
Adam Oestmann (6-9)
Packers 37, Bears 34: I’m not gonna start in on a total Rodgers love fest. Joe Buck will have that for you on Sunday. Yes, he’s one of the best QBs in the game right now, but the Packers’ defense is putrid, and Jay Cutler and company should absolutely be able to keep pace at home.
The Bears’ defense might play slightly better at home given what’s on the line, but I doubt it. So where I have trouble is with this: I see both offenses having success and the game coming down to the wire. And until Cutler proves otherwise, I still have to take Rodgers in the clutch.
* Each asterisk denotes the number of times a correct score was predicted.
The staff has it spilt down the middle, while our reader — our readers have the best prediction record, I should add — calls it for the Bears. Should be a fun one!
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