3

November

Packers vs. Bears Week 9 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 9: Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 4-3 Green Bay Packers 27-14
No Jay Cutler, but the Packers will still need to account for Brandon Marshall. The Bears defense, meanwhile, is in shambles and will struggled containing the Packers’ balanced attack.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 5-2 Green Bay Packers 27-17
The Bears’ injuries trump the Packers’ injuries – what I had previously believed would be a dead-even game turns into a fairly comfortable win for Green Bay.
Adam Czech 6-1 Green Bay Packers 31-17
Keep taking away weapons from Aaron Rodgers and he keeps getting better. Will he keep it up against the Bears? I think so, and it will lead to another divisional win for the Packers.
Marques Eversoll 6-1 Green Bay Packers 34-13
This isn’t an Urlacher-in-his-prime kind of Bears defense. Chicago’s secondary is solid, but the front seven is weak, which means Eddie Lacy is in store for a really big day. The Packers won’t overlook the Cutler-less Bears, and when it’s all said and done, this will be another relatively easy divisional win for the Packers in primetime.
Thomas Hobbes 5-2 Green Bay Packers 27-16
No Jay Cutler and no Lance Briggs can only be a good thing, but with two weeks to install some unscouted looks and get Josh McCown ready and I don’t see this as a easy game.  However, if the Packers can be as methodical against the Bears as they were against the Vikings last week and I don’t think the Bears can keep trading punches with the Packers.
Cory Jennerjohn 6-1 Green Bay Packers 35-13
Chicago’s lynchpins on offense and defense — Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs — will be missed severely. Two weeks ago, the Bears allowed 209 yards rushing to Washington, so expect Eddie Lacy to punish the Chicago defense with his physical style. Aaron Rodgers has proven that it doesn’t matter who the receivers are, he’s still going to put up big numbers.
Jason Perone 6-1 Green Bay Packers  31-13
30

October

Packers Stock Report: The Bears (and the Vikings) Still Suck Edition

Micah Hyde’s punt return for a TD elevates the Packers rookie into this week’s rising category.

The Packers closed down the Metrodome in style Sunday night, bowling over the Vikings and filling the cavernous white bubble with the sweet sounds of Go Pack Go!

Hearing Go Pack Go echoing throughout the Metrodome as the Packers beat the Vikings is one of the best sounds in all of sports. I won’t miss the Dome, but I will miss the times when the Packers play well enough to allow Cheeseheads to take the place over.

Now that the Packers have dispensed of the Vikings and Christian Ponder, it’s on to the Bears and Jay Cutler  Josh McCown. Instead of extending this intro any further, prepare for Bears week by watching this educational and informative video:

On to the stock report:

Rising

Micah Hyde
On his Tuesday afternoon radio show, Aaron Rodgers wondered how Hyde fell to the fifth round in the draft. The rookie is a solid all-around player — a decent tackler, decent cover guy, decent slot blitzer, and now he has a punt return TD under his belt. In a secondary filled with young talent, Hyde is fitting right in.

Mike Daniels
The type of relentless pass rush and the ability to finish a sack once he gets in the backfield is just what the Packers needed this season. Many thought it would come from rookie Datone Jones, but it’s actually coming from Daniels. Daniels added two more sacks on Sunday. Christian Ponder is not a good quarterback, but he is elusive and not easy to bring down. Daniels got him twice.

T.J. Lang
What’s left to say about the interior of the Packers offensive line? Lang has been battling some bruising defensive tackles all season and keeps on winning those battles much more often than he loses. Lang might be a bit undersized, but he’s athletic and excels on combo blocks when he’s asked to get to the second level.

Steady

Jordy Nelson
It’s like Nelson and Rodgers had a devious plan on Sunday night against the Vikings:

Rodgers: “Hey Jordy, instead of getting wide open tonight, just glue yourself to the nearest defender so I can show off by whizzing a pass right by the guy’s ear hole and into your hands.”

18

December

Packers 21, Bears 13: Game Balls and Lame Calls

QB Jay Cutler and the Bears’ hopes for a division title went down for the count against Mike Neal and the Packers

The Green Bay Packers are the 2012 NFC North Champions.

With all the team has been through this season, winning the division is quite the accomplishment.  After the Chicago Bears started the season 7-1 and the Packers limped to a 5-3 start, it seemed like the Packers would have to take the long road to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

Thanks to masterful roster building by general manager Ted Thompson and another brilliant coaching job by head coach Mike McCarthy (as well another epic collapse by the Bears), the Packers have won their second straight NFC North title.

The Packers wrapped up the division with a 21-13 victory over the Bears Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.  After spotting the Bears an early 7-0 lead, the Packers scored 21 unanswered points en route to the victory.  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdowns, all to wide receiver James Jones, and the defense once again made life miserable for Jay Cutler.

Here’s who stood out for the Packers in the division-clinching victory as well as  those who left some things on the field.

Game Balls

WR James Jones

All Jones does is catch touchdowns.

With injuries beleaguering Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings most of the season, Jones has stepped up to the plate and became the unsung hero of the Packers offense this season.  With all the attention paid to Nelson and Jennings plus the emergence of Randall Cobb, not enough attention has been paid to Jones who leads the NFL with 12 touchdown receptions.

Someone on offense usually has a big day against the Bears. In the past it was Jermichael Finley and on Sunday it was Jones.  He accounted for all three Packers touchdowns including one beautiful back shoulder catch (which was a wonderful throw by Rodgers too).

Once the Packers get Nelson back, they now have a four headed monster at receiver (Nelson, Jennings, Cobb and Jones).  If they can continue to establish the run, the Packers will be a formidable foe in January.

LB Clay Matthews

Everyone knows how important Matthews is to the Packers defense and Sunday just solidified that belief.

16

December

Packers vs. Bears – Game Day First Impressions, Unfiltered: GB 21 CHI 13

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Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears:

My unfitered game day running blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.

Inactive for Packers today: 

21 DB Charles Woodson
44 RB James Starks
56 LB Terrell Manning
80 WR Donald Driver
84 TE D.J. Williams
87 WR Jordy Nelson
98 DE C.J. Wilson

Inactive for Bears today:  

12 QB Josh McCown
26 CB Tim Jennings
54 LB Brian Urlacher
58 LB Geno Hayes
69 DT Henry Melton
80 WR Earl Bennett
99 DE Shea McClellin

 

Game Notes:

Clay Matthews returns to the field today, a huge boost for the Packers’ pass rush. Matthews had 3.5 sacks in the first game against the Bears.

Tim Jennings being out for the Bears is as big, if not a bigger loss than Urlacher being out.

With a win today, Green Bay would clinch their second straight NFC North Title.

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Mike McCarthy Pregame Show on 620 WTMJ:

Due to some “technical difficulties” WTMJ didn’t have tape of McCarthy’s interview with Wayne Larrivee. But here are some things MM supposedly said.

Matthews will play and they will monitor his progress. Expect him to be a major contributor.

TJ Lang is back at left guard with Don Barclay at right tackle. Josh Sitton will start at RT.

Running game is important but we need to get the perimeter of our offense going  today.

 

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Packers vs. Bears – First Impressions – First Half:

Packers win the toss and defer.

I think more than starting the game on defense, MM love having the ball to start the second half.

If the Bears are planning to run like this, I’d much rather see McMillian at S than MD Jennings.

Packers first drive starts on their 2 yard line.

Again, not one short route for Rodgers to find. Has to hold the ball and take a sack.

Nice work by Brad Jones on the outside staying with Forte down the field one-on-one.

15

December

Packers vs. Bears Week 15 Game Predictions from AllGBP.COM (with Podcast)

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 15: Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 9-4 Green Bay Packers 27-13
The Bears are in a tailspin. No Urlacher, no Tim Jennings and a wounded Jay Cutler.  The Bears are a much worse defense with #54 out and the words of Brandon Marshall will fuel the fire for the Packers defense. Packers win and secure their second straight NFC North title.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 8-5 Green Bay Packers 24-17
Having beaten the Vikings and the Lions the last two weeks, the Packers are looking for the division win trifecta on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. The Bears will need to create 3-4 turnovers to win this game, and you can be sure the Packers know that. Bears will keep it close, but the Packers will clinch the Division on Sunday.
Adam Czech 10-3 Green Bay Packers 27-13
Why do I feel so confident this week? I’m never confident when the Packers play the Bears. Maybe it’s all the injuries on both teams. The Packers have a track record of success despite injuries. The Bears do not. Maybe it’s the running game. The Packers are showing signs of life in this area. The Bears are sputtering a bit. Maybe it’s Jay Cutler. There will be opportunities for interceptions. I don’t know how to handle this good feeling I have during Bears week. It’s never happened before…
Marques Eversoll 10-3 Green Bay Packers 28-17
Everyone talks about Brian Urlacher being out for the Bears, but he may not be their biggest loss. Against the pass-happy Packers, Chicago will miss its Pro Bowl-caliber cornerback Tim Jennings, as well as pass-rushing defensive tackle Henry Melton. I think the Packers will be able to run the ball and score touchdowns in the red zone. I sense a touchdown either by the Packers’ defense or special teams on Sunday. The game goes to Green Bay, along with the NFC North title.
Thomas Hobbes 9-4 Green Bay Packers 21-14
15

September

Jerron McMillian making most of increased opportunity

Packers rookie S Jerron McMillian

Packers rookie S Jerron McMillian

There’s no way around it–the Packers’ defense dominated the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.

Tramon Williams caught as many Jay Cutler passes (two) as Brandon Marshall,  the Packers nearly doubled the Bears in total yards, and Clay Matthews had his arms wrapped around Cutler as if he were a certain cast member on Laguna Beach. If not for an ugly miscommunication between Aaron Rodgers and James Jones, the Bears may not have scored more than three points all night.

Just four days prior, Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers sliced through Green Bay’s defense for 30 points, spoiling the Packers’ season opener at Lambeau Field. Predictably so, much of Packer Nation reached for the “Panic” button.

But the Packers’ performance on Thursday night couldn’t possibly have been more different. The Packers held the Bears’ talented offense to just 10 points and 168 total yards, while intercepting four of Cutler’s passes and sacking him seven times. Suddenly, the Packers defense doesn’t look all that bad.

Matthews (3.5 sacks) and Williams (two INT) will surely continue to receive the bulk of the credit for Thursday night’s surprisingly dominant display of defense, and rightfully so, but it took a total team effort for the Packers to embarrass the Bears the way they did.

And while there were a handful of “unsung heroes” in Week Two, safety Jerron McMillian may top the list.

The rookie fourth-round pick was constantly around the football–as the play ended, No. 22 was near. As a small-school prospect from Maine, McMillian was viewed as an in-the-box safety coming into the league. And on at least two separate occasions against the Bears, the 5’11″ safety proved that he isn’t afraid of anyone.

With 9:42 remaining in the 2nd quarter, Michael Bush took a handoff  and followed his blockers along the left side of the offensive line. Bears left guard Chris Spencer pulled as a lead blocker and laid his head into McMillian. The rookie invited the contact, put the 312-pound lineman on his backside, and made the tackle for a one-yard loss.

Then, on the second play of the third quarter, the Bears again pulled the play-side guard as a lead blocker, except this time, it was 305-pound right guard Lance Louis. The result, however, was more of the same. McMillian maintained low pad level and moved Louis backward, allowing D.J. Smith and A.J. Hawk to bring down Forte after a short gain.

14

September

Packers 23, Bears 10: Game Balls and Lame Calls

Clay Matthews sacks Jay Cutler - again and again and again.

Clay Matthews sacks Jay Cutler – again and again and again.

Take the ball out of Aaron Rodgers’ hands, pound the ball with Cedric Benson and let the defense rule the day.

Just what everyone expected, right?

Utilizing a rather unorthodox (for them) gameplan, the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 23-10 and moved to 1-1 on the season.   The Packers of 2011 played with an offense with so much firepower and a defense that was notorious for bending, but not breaking.

Last night, however, was something out of some kind of mirror universe.  The Packers sacked Jay Cutler seven times (with Clay Matthews accounting for exactly half of them) and intercepted him four times (Tramon Williams accounted for exactly half of those).  The Packers shut down Brandon Marshall and the defense created a Bears meltdown no Packer fan will soon forget.

The offense on the other hand showed some signs of rhythm, but still was nowhere near the juggernaut it was a season ago.  Aaron Rodgers was sacked five times and his receivers continued to be plagued by a case of the drops.

So who stood out? It’s time for another addition of Game Balls and Lame Calls.

 

Game Balls

 

LB Clay Matthews

I think It’s safe to say: the Claymaker is back.

Want proof? Through two games this season, Matthews has accumulated six sacks. His total from all of 2011 was….six. He is currently on pace for 48 sacks though he likely won’t finish with quite that many.

Even when he wasn’t throwing Cutler to the ground, Matthews was blowing up plays. The Packers found a favorable matchup and exploited it.

Looks like Matthews is back in 2010 form

 

CB Tramon Williams

Speaking of returning to form, Williams looks to be recovering nicely from the shoulder injury that plagued him throughout 2011.

Not only did he pickoff Cutler TWICE, he shut down one of the best receivers in the NFL in Brandon Marshall. Thanks to a bad throw that would have resulted in a touchdown, Marshall finished with two catches.

When you consider that Cutler rarely looked the way of his all time favorite target, then this adds up to a career night for Williams.

 

RB Cedric Benson