Well, here we are. It’s Bears week and the Green Bay Packers have a chance to clinch another NFC North divisional title with a win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. These are the types of matchups that the schedule makers and NFL hope for this late in the season.
When earlier this year it seemed that the Packers would be facing seemingly insurmountable odds to surpass the Bears in the North, all of the chips have started to fall into place. The Bears have lost four of their last five games and are staring at a good possibility that their playoff chances will be reduced to a wild card chase.
Should the Bears lose Sunday, the Packers could clinch the division win and that is the only way Chicago can get into the postseason. Should the Bears win, the Packers can still control their own destiny and win the division by simply winning their last two games.
There has been some jarring in the media between both teams with some subtle and some not-so-subtle barbs. Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall acted like he didn’t know how to pronounce Packers cornerback Tramon Williams’ name and said that none of the Green Bay defenders should take any credit for severely limiting him in the teams’ first matchup. Packers tight end Jermichael Finley commented that the Bears defense may be better off without the “slow” and future Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher, who is out with a hamstring injury.