Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers Game Preview

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers Game Preview

Two more games remain. The string, as they’re casually known. The Bears must play them out. And we loyal Chicago Bears fans must watch them do so. What’s saddest about this 2011 season is the fact that I spent about an hour Tuesday looking at the Bears 2012 opponents and getting excited about trips to both Jacksonville and Nashville.


  • I don’t. I’m not an idiot.
  • But I do think the Green Bay Packers are showing significant, exploitable holes along the offensive line. The Bears have continued to play terrifically up front throughout this disastrous month and think about this: wouldn’t it make you slightly happy to see Julius Peppers plant Aaron Rodgers into the ground and end the Pack’s Super Bowl hopes when Rodgers limps to the sideline?
  • The scary mismatch in this game is Brandon Meriweather and Craig Steltz at safety. Can those two guys stay disciplined and keep the Packers passing game in front of them? Can they take smart angles at receivers on slant routes and not allow a six-to-eight yard game become a game-breaking 45-yard touchdown?
  • Jermichael Finley is going to be a thorn in the LoveRod Deuce next season as well and if I were the coaching staff I’d use Sunday night to experiment with assignments. We know the linebackers and healthy safeties can’t stay with him downfield so what about staying in nickel all night and perching DJ Moore in front of him? What about sliding Charles Tillman inside on third downs and leave Moore, Jennings outside to press the wideouts? These defensive players (with the IR’d safeties) will basically be the roster in 2012. I’d like to see Lovie try some things.
  • People who say the Bears defense packed it in against the Seahawks in the second half last week simply weren’t watching. Even with the game winding down they collapsed the line of scrimmage and shut down a hot Marshawn Lynch. The Bears defense plays tough.
  • (Ultimately I think all of the above will probably be moot analysis because the Bears will most likely give Aaron Rodgers and the Packers too many offensive possessions.)
  • Is Josh McCown an upgrade over Caleb Hanie? I don’t care. I said after The Marion Barber Game I never wanted to see Barber play for the Bears again and I feel the same way about Hanie. He should never take another snap for the Bears. McCown has a real opportunity the next two weeks to play his way onto the 2012 roster, or at least earn himself a visit to Bourbonnais in July. And I think he’s going to have to throw the ball thirty times in this game for the Bears to have any semblance of a chance to win.
  • With Hester still hobbling and Knox out the Bears are severely lacking in speed on the outside. I don’t know, maybe we can throw the ball to our best receiver? Is Earl Bennett Jay Cutler’s invisible friend? Why can’t anyone else see him, even when he’s wide open?
  • And they must stay committed to the run until the game is well out of reach. Being down two touchdowns can’t scare Mike Martz into seven-step drops. He’s got to keep pounding the ball with Bell until literally the clock determines it’s no longer feasible.
  • Dom Capers is going to attack Josh McCown with blitzes. This should leave plays to be made in the screen game to Kahlil Bell and over the middle to Kellen Davis. (We should be seeing a lot of snaps for Tyler Clutts and Matt Spaeth as the Bears go max-protect.)
  • You know who the Bears need a huge performance out of in order to win this game? Adam Podlesh. Podlesh has been a terrific improvement over Brad Maynard but has not been a dominant punter by any means. When Bears drives falter, and they’re going to falter, Podlesh needs to force the Packers to take the longest journey possible to the end zone. Not inside the twenty. Inside the five. A few times. If the Packers consistently start drives at their own forty, the defense will have no shot.

I don’t pick the opponent. 

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  • Present!

  • first to say fuck aaron rodgers... fuck him right in his goofy-assed face.

    It would be awesome to beat that buttholes in their house, but in reality... that's probably not going to be a reality.

    This D has given up... unless josh Mcnown comes in and tears shit up. Which uh, isn't much of a reality.

    2012! Oh, wait... we have jerry angelo. fml.

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • Jermichael Finley is going to be a thorn in the LoveRod Deuce next season as well and if I were the coaching staff I’d use Sunday night to experiment with assignments.

    Finley is a free agent. Mully & Handley addressed this in the morning show. If Martz goes, and with the Patties showing us how the TE is the new emerging position in the NFL - we did exactly the wrong thing with Olsen. We should have paid the man.

  • ohze nooooooooooze.

    Nooooo, not you too GP. we should get finnley instead.

  • I disagree - I think Olsen pales in comparison to most of the elite receiving TEs now.
    No point in paying for somebody you're not going to use, anyway.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Olsen was a disappointment to the Panthers. Shockey outplayed him, which isn't good.

    But he worked for us. I don't know what the exact numbers were for what he wanted, but I can tell you Matt Spaeth isn't exactly wowing me with his run blocking.

  • C'mon, GPL, obviously that money was much better spent on VIP Swoooooole.

  • I said at the beginning of the season, that by the end, we would have to compare Davis/Spaeth/Roy's numbers (those are the guys who were promoted or brought in to replace Olsen in a Martz system) with Olsen's to see if our production has dropped.

    Thus far. here are the stats.

    Davis. 15 rec, 150 yds, 4 tds.
    Spaeth. 7 rec, 50 yds, 2 tds.
    Roy. 27 rec, 366 yds, 1 td.

    Olsen. 45 rec, 450 yds, 5 tds.

    I'd say it's about even. PLUS our run game has greatly improved, and we have an extra 3rd rounder next year.

  • BTW, for those thinking Olsen was elite.

    Rob Grownowski.

    75 rec. 1, 145 yds. 15 tds,

  • Our TEs have outproduced Olsen if you extrapolate for receptions/balls thrown. Greg would make a couple of catches and a TD in one game, then disappear off the planet for the next two.

  • very very true Bolt.

    Davis has about the same TDs as Olsen just by himself, and that's really what we wanted to improve.

    Short yd and red zone scoring.

  • I don't know, Rock. He was a big girl all said and done, and we've got 4 picks in the top 80 spots now, right? The thing with Martz is because he's such a football genius he doesn't use his TEs as receivers, so whatever value Girly had as player, were wasted in this Star Wars system of ours. Is Finley that good or does Rodgers make him look good? I lean towards the QB.

    Matt Flynn could be on the cards for us, if the Packers push him in order to develop Harrell.....

  • Ok, here’s a real post no strewn with vulgarities.

    1. Your 3rd point – I thought everyone doesn’t think we need better safeties!?!? I thought we’re all set with the white crusaders back there? This point is much closer to reality. Our safeties are average to sub-average. Also from what I’ve read we’re getting pringles back for this game… for however few minutes before he goes out injured again.

    2. Barber – Don’t get it. You really want to get rid of the guy who almost single-handedly (with tyler) turned our abysmal 3rd and short/goalline abilities around? For one brain freeze… and a great strip? But you’re willing to constantly forgive angelo his foibles?

    Just. Don’t. Get. It.

    I know it’s sacrilege to call for a player’s injury… but in this case I can agree. Not career-ending or anything, just a turned ankle for this game. Just to get us onto somewhat even ground.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Meriweather and Steltz are our fourth and fifth safeties from the start of the year. I know you'd be God's gift to GMs MB because you'd have 5 elite players at every position.

    As for Finley, the Packers have said they're going to franchise him. But he's petitioning the NFL to be considered a receiver. He's a shit blocker so he'd have no use in Chicago. We'd be forced to line him out wide.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Are any of the new-breed tight ends actually decent blockers?
    My take on Gronk, Jimmy Graham, Hernandez...are that they are big slot receivers.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:


  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Tony G was the prototype. He could block.

  • I guess that trait bred itself out over time.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'd have taken 15 TDs off Girly Thor any old day of the week!

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    It's all hyperbole anyhow's boys. No sense on getting frustrated over each others opinions since they're very similar to sphincter muscles.

    For example: Even though Cutty rocks, I wouldn't have bank rolled the future on one player. I would have built our D and O-Line around Orton while looking for a steal at QB in the draft for the next few years. Two years for now when our core D retires or are just playing marginal football, I'm still concerned that we'll be wondering where it all went wrong.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Do I need to repost my take on scapegoating again blogfather?

    And our DB's are shakey at best. If we had some quality DB's back there Peppers would be getting 5 sacks a game... well that and if he wasnt being held EVERY FREAKING PLAY! With no calls!!!!

  • Look at the Patriots -they don't have a defense, and Belly Cheat could care less. You score more than the other guy and it's lights out. Build a wall in front of Cutty, get him Brandon Marshall back, sign Matt Flynn .... then sit back and enjoy the show guys and gals.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    oh, ok. how about... fuck you for the personal attack.

    I'd be better than Angelo, I guaranteed you that friend. You don't know me and what I do in real life... and you're a fucking play actor or playwright or some such shit for chris stake. In fucking new york!

    And you need to stop trying to be the ‘contrarian blogger’ who’s the lone voice always calling for angelo to stay amongst the din of voices calling for his head. You just sound like a stubborn idiot who doens't look at reality.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    how's that for butt-hurt.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'd say it qualifies.

  • yep.

    hey... aren't you supposed to be having babies somewhere about now?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    She's been having for contractions since Saturday night.

  • If you just up and have to disappear to the hospital, here's best wishes to you and your family - should make for an interesting holiday season!

  • Bigtime doc. Best of luck maings. Let us know how it goes.

    You can tell by johnny's absence it ain't easy. But you know… you guys’ll be just fine.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think more than calling for him to stay, it was the grand assumption in the previous blog that he is returning that shows a pretty clear lack of reality thats for sure.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I could do a better job than Angelo and I'm not even in the business. A seriously retarded monkey could do a better job than Jerry Angelo.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    I gotta side with Jeff on the no more Barber.

    That game is just unforgivable. Sorry. I would have sent him home right after that game. You think Bellichick would've put up with that?

    More importantly, I'd draft a YOUNG Barber-ish prospect. A Leshoure type basher from the SCC or something. We know what we have in Barber, but a rook HB always has the chance of becoming a Demarco Murray or Foster.

    In this scenario, I'd keep Barber around for training camp, and if he doesn't outperform the college draft pick, DAS BOOT.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1 on #2 for sure, MB.

    I too, do NOT get the

    " I said after The Marion Barber Game I never wanted to see Barber play for the Bears again..." attitude.

    That's an overraction I expect from a few posters but not from The Blogfather.

    Talk about 20/20 "Hindsight/Blindsight". He was a plus all season up until that point. Certainly a significant upgrade over Forte in short yardage situations. The Bears were also 10 points ahead in that game BEACUSE of Barber.

    If you dumped every player for a brain cramp like not staying in or going out of bounds when he should have, your roster would be 80% turned over in about 6 weeks.

    Additionally, I believe that was Barber's first fumble in 300+ attempts.

    Additinally if Caleb "I sure fooled a lot of you Bear bloggers (including Albert) with my NFC Championship game stint" Hanie doesen't overthrow him on a simple dump-off when he was WIDE open earlier in the game, Barber either scores or sets up additional points that lock that game away and makes this discussion moot.


    from last thread.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that's some funny shit!

  • He even looks like an old, busted Cade.

  • All I want for Christmas is a quarterback...a quarterback....a quarterback...All I want for Christmas is a quarterback..... and we may even win a ga.ame....!

  • bear down motherfuckers! rodgers faceplant FTW
    if we're going down lets take as many packers down with us.

  • I'm over the anger at Barber for a couple of dumbass plays. You should be too. I don't get it either. Using Bell AND Barber (maybe at the same time occasionally) gives a better chance of moving the ball. As you pointed out, the longer we have the ball, the better chance our defense has to keep us in this game. Yeah, we probably don't win this one, but let's make them work for it at least.

    And I too do not usually hope for injuries to anyone, but in this case seeing one of our guys plant Rogers' smug mug into the Frozen Tundra would bring a little Christmas cheer to my home that night.

  • In reply to MikeV in OR:

    Barber was a huge upgrade over Taylor.

    We have a short yard back who could actually bruise. What a concept.

  • Amen

  • Here here!

  • In fairness, Kahlil Bell is a huge upgrade over Taylor.
    A pet rock would be a reasonable upgrade over Taylor.
    One of those fruitcakes at the grocery store that's been sitting on the shelf since last year would be tougher than Chester between the tackles.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    In fairness to the guy, he was an effective swingback for the Vikes. That's what he was, a very poor man's Dave Meggett.

    That he was more effective last year than Forte on short yardage was more about the fact that the Bears line was such suckage that it was a jailbreak to the ball carrier.

    Taylor could, at times, duck between people's legs and sneak for yardage when nobody could find him.

  • When? I don't remember him doing anything as a short yardage back.
    He was much better as a changeup in Minnesota but he hit the dreaded 30-yr mark and hasn't done anything since.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Huh? Re-watch last year's Bears games. The Bears starting using Taylor in short yardage scenarios and gave up on Forte as a short yardage back.

  • I know that's when they were putting him in; I just don't recall him having even a modicum of success. He was terrible.

  • gives us a better chance

  • I'm down with going North Dallas Forty on Rodgers.

  • Isi t just me or does McClown kind of look like Mike Nelson.

  • He does, now that you mention it. In this pic:

    But in the posted pic he reminds me of an old Ivan Drago from Rocky IV:

    And here he looks like a dork without a chance:

  • What happens if McCown goes down, or worse? The Bears seem unwilling to play Enderle. I guess we'll see Hanie again. Or Podlesh.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Bennett running the Cat.

  • Yeah, what the hell. Or we line up the biggest mf'ers we got, surround the ball carrier, and scrum into the end zone like a giant meat-tank.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    In high school, that was called the Beefalo formation.

    Let's bring it back, with Ed "Big Boy" Williams at HB and LL at FB.
    At this point, why the fuck not?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    It may only gain a yard but the Defense is not going to want to keep tackling.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    It's fumbleproof, pickproof, and can't be pushed out of bounds. Why didn't we do it sooner?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    When you can't out-think or outperform your opponent....outweigh them.

  • I really want to predict the upset here, but I just don't see it happening. Hopefully McCown eats a smaller bag of dicks than Hanie did, but i don't see that happening either. He hasn't started since 2007? This could be an ugly, holiday ruining game.

  • He seems like a nice guy. I still want Peppers to break his legs though.

  • Ugh that guy is a giant douche! He was skipped by a few teams in the draft just because of his douchy attitude. The whole belt move, douche! There are few players I want to punch in the face more than Rodgers. Maybe the two rapists, Kobe and Rapistberger but thats about it.

  • Dog Killa.

  • Agreed - I'd tattoo Vick with a baseball bat between the eyes given the opportunity.
    As for Rodgers, I'd flip him off and tell him to go fuck himself, which is all that a giant douche deserves.

    Guys like Vick deserve beatings.

  • Let's recruit free agent Jermichael Finley. Seriously.. He is insanely talented and the Pack leadership doesn't get how he bails out Rodgers.

  • I heard from a very reliable source Finley wants to be in Chicago. Non joke.

  • In reply to irootedforjayin09:

    Your nuttier than squirrel turds. Finley is not coming to chicago. I have a better chance of sprouting a 3rd nut that can shoot lazers and prove string theory than we do of getting Finley.

  • You keep it up and the universe is going to bestow a sentient third testicle on you...probably right in the middle of your forehead.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Then he can wear a T-shirt that says:

    "My balls found Higgs Boson"

  • Or "Peanut, Please don't ball punch my forehard nad."

  • In reply to Crown:


  • + 2 for Higgs Boson reference.

    Suddenly, this blog's becoming a Big Bang Theory episode...

  • I'm willing to bet that the word Higgs and the word Boson have never made it into the same sentence, the same paragraph, stack of papers, misprinted autofill drunk texts in the fucking history of GreenBay or on a SB Nation blog....

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Which is funny because if there was ever a group that could prove the infinite monkey theorem, it would be the fanbase of the Packers.

  • Nice one Smash !

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    say what you will I know things.

  • In reply to irootedforjayin09:

    I'm confused - are YOU DaCoach's third testicle?

    How do you type?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    THAT shit was funny.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Meant to reply to mustache oops!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    as long as it has magic powers, i'm down.

  • + 1 for string theory reference.

  • Somewhere in an alternate universe where Knox doesn't fall down, this thread is entitled.

    You're 11-3 Bears vs 13-1 Packers DeathMatch.

    The confidence is broken because no machine can compute 110%.

    We're all excited about repaying the Pack for last year, sporting long beards in support.

    Trolls actually don't feel sorry for us and talk trash in our beloved blog...

  • This season is plain depressing. I just walked over to one of my employees desks to ask him a question and he's on the NFL site watching videos. I wasnt mad.. I was jealous! Here's niners fan lapping up every little morstle of information and here I am, the lowly Bears fan, trying to avoid all NFL coverage just so I can keep down a meal. Perhaps I'll just move to the Sierras and avoid it all!

    Sweet are the uses of adversity,
    Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
    Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
    And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
    Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
    Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.

  • Did Gollum say that?

    Gollum was recruited by Jerry Angelo, who is a ringwraith.

  • Nope. It's Shakespear's As You Like it.

  • I thought it was from "The Wrath of Khan" lol

  • +1 Montelbon reference.

    Da plane, boss!

  • Today, my boy says to me, he says, he says, "Daddy, are you a panty-waste who wears your momma's bra?"



  • which one of your 6 doc?

    Did it sound anyuthing like this?

    And GP, I think that was a bad remake of this:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    As of right now, I have just as many as you do, you cockass!

  • hee hee.... hee hee


    Apparently they were very close.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Would that be crack cocaine?

  • Ha!


  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    hahaha. Pretty much how i view the state of florida

  • CHIRY wrote this in the last thread.

    "3 moves I would make this offseason:

    1)Throw a boatload of money at Mario Williams. I would rather have 1 impact player than a handful of players like Roy Williams, Marion Barber, Sam Hurd, Frank Omiyale, & Brandon Meriweather.

    2) Trade up & grab Justin Blackmon. Once again, go for impact players. The bears have spent enough drafts addressing the safety position & special teams. They have an extra 3rd rounder. Throw in a 2013 1st and get a playnmaker for Cutty.

    3) Sign a caretaker backup QB. Anyone have any ideas here?"

    I must say, I completely agree.

    I know we have a good D, but they're showing their age. The difference between our D and SFs is that they're young - they can finish off games. Our D seems to wear down in the 4rth (doesn't help putting a completely inept O).

    M.Williams will be a stud, like Peppers. Also, he would GREATLY help our DBs. A good pass rush produces more opportunities for ints. Not to mention that we would only need to rush 4.

    M.Williams is a MUST.

    Also, Think about what the Falcons gave up for J.Jones - it was a shit load. Not to mention that they ALREADY had Roddy White and Gonzalez on the roster. However, they saw GB playmakers roll them over, and realized their importance.

    Relatively speaking, we wouldn't have to give up as much to move up. Depending on our position, and all the stuff leading up to the draft, swapping 1st rounds and maybe a 2nd next year can get Blackmon.

    I know that it's usually a rule of thumb that WRs take 2 years to develop, but if J.Jones and Green have proven this year, that's not always the case. Both as rookies have outproduced any of our WRs, and they haven't even played in every game.

  • What makes you think we have a chance at Mario Williams? We paid 90 mil for Peppers. Williams is younger, so he'll definitely get more cash. Do you really think we're going to have two 90 million dollar ends?

    I have a better chance of sprouting a 2nd penis that ejaculates hawaiin punch....

  • Desperate times call for desperate measures Coach.

    The only time this front office makes a big splash is when it's ass is put to the fire. That's how we got Pep and Cutler in the first place. And next year, all their asses are gonna be frying on a orange glowing grill...

    It's all on M. Williams though. If he wants mula, he'll go to the Bucs. If we wants a championship and to play along side the greatest, well...

  • *its
    * he

    too many Kahlua eggnogs...

  • There's going to be some fat hookers in Da Coach's neighborhood if that happens.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    dude, you're on fire right now. damn.

  • Remember The Marion Barber Game?

    The Marion Barber game?

    It happened during The Hanie.

    Oh yeah, The Hanie. I remember the that. Three picks, every game.

    Except the Barber game, because Barber carried the load.

    Right. He had like, 140 yards and a TD. What about it?

    Well, there's this crazy old fucker out on the street screaming, "The Marion Barber Game," and spitting on everybody who tries to cross. Take the back way.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Bwahahaha! That was hella funny!

    Btw I'm confused by everyones new nicknames too. Now I cant figure out who it is I hate and who it is I loathe.

  • I used to be M Onan Batterload. I think you loathe me.

  • Whats with all the new nicknames? can i be aka Wondernuts?

  • Just pick one from here

  • Jeff I don't get your defense of JA but we all have our opinions. Same with the Marion Barber hate. He has had some brain freezes for sure. At least he's helped us in short yardage and no doubt gives everything he has. What I really don't get is the attack on MB. I'm guessing the more hits you get the more you can charge for advertising. I would say MB generates more hits for you than anyone. Maybe Irish does too. Anyway, none of this is personal and you should know that better than any of us. I get we're all frustrated but getting snarky with each other makes no sense.

    MB you may have over reacted a bit but I understand the dynamic. Oh well, we should all kiss and make up and save all the snark and venom for the Fudgies.

    We all want the same thing so Bear the fuck down!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I agree with Canada.

    If we survived the dreaded Economic Conference of 2011, aka The Lockout, we can survive this dreaded 4 game loss and exit out of the playoffs.

    Pass the peacepipe. Make up like Charlie Murphy and Rick James, you perpetual line crossers.

    Unity! It's a celebration bitches!

  • what did the five fingers say to the face $?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    thanks canada. I appreciate the shoutout (as the kids say).

    I just have this rule about only letting a certain number of dudes who wear tights for a living smack me down in any given year – guess I reached my limit this year. Ok, in all seriousness... I didn't actually get my feelings hurt, I just decided to take the immature low-road instead of choosing to be diplomatic. I have to do that shit enough in my real life.

    Anyway, thanks for sticking up for the brotherhood and your main message was spot on.

  • Check this:

    It's like epic mealtime without food, or alchohol... ok, so it's nothing like epic mealtime.

  • It's sad, but players can't have it both ways. What's a Rodger Goodell to do?

  • In reply to Shady:

    There is no pill for CTE.

  • I could care less who won tonight's game, but the ref calling at the end was horseshit. The refs game the game to the Colts.

  • I don't want to see Minnesota get Andrew Luck. I would much rather seem him go the Colts.

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