Here is my unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
The Packers “welcome” the Bears to Lambeau Field on Christmas Day with visions of NFC overall first seed dancing in their heads. The Packers are hurting in the trenches on both sides of the ball, but still hope to dominate the Bears, who have lost four straight since losing Jay Cutler. The Packers’ offense will be looking to recapture it’s Rhythm with a re-arranged offensive line. TJ Lang moves to right tackle for Bryan Bulaga an Evan Dietrich-Smith takes over lang’s usual left guard spot. If the offensive line can give Aaron Rodgers some decent protection, he should be able to shred the Bears’ weak secondary.
Inactive for the Packers today are:
Graham Harrell, Davon House, Frank Zombo, Bryan Bulaga, Chad Clifton, Ryan Pickett and Greg Jennings.
Packers are in much better shape at the running back position, as James Starks and Brando Saine return to give the Packers their full compliment of four running backs
Davon House, after a surprise appearance on the active list last week, returns to his usual spot on the sidelines in street clothes.
A surprise to see Zombo inactive and So ‘oto active. Can this be the night Vic gets some meaningful snaps on defense?
Preparing for Playing on Christmas Day: We felt priorities had to be in order – being with your families come first. We had the opportunity to be at home for Christmas eve and morning. But it’s a long day and the guys are ready to play some football.
Adjusted Schedule: We’ve actually had more meeting time this week than normal, so setting up the schedule like we did has been an advantage.
Packers – Bears Rivalry: Quality of paly – fans want to see top-notgch play. We certainly understand teh rivalry and we have a lot to play for tonight. Home field advantage is our second goal
Reshuffled Offensive Line: Definitely there’s moving parts, all five had had a chance to practice to0gether, so that’s helpful. We know the Bears will try to challenge us with wide techniques and other things that fallo to thaeir strengths – we have to be prepared to knowck it down.