Time to get right down to it. It’s Packer week. The Chicago Bears will be facing the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field without Brett Favre for the first time since October 17, 1991. The Packers were 1-6 that day, quarterbacked by Don Majkowski. “Magic” completed just 3 of 16 passes for 32 yards before he was pulled for former Bear Mike Tomczak. Tomczak fared no better, going 4/9 for 36 yards and an interception. The Bears won 10-0.
Prior to this season, I thought current Packer QB Aaron Rodgers would be about as good as Majkowski. But I’ll be damned, Rodgers looks pretty good. How the 49ers must feel for taking Alex Smith first overall when Rodgers went in the 20′s the same year.
Last year’s first game against the Packers was pretty huge, but ended up not meaning anything after all since the Bears were headed nowhere. This is the biggest game between the Bears and the Packers since 2001, when both games were meaningful and under Dick Jauron, the Packers triumphed.
Lovie Smith is 6-2 overall against Green Bay as Bears coach and 4-0 at Lambeau. Let’s hope the luck keeps up. This is a critical game with the Bears at 5-4 and tied with Minnesota atop the NFC North, and the Packers just a game behind at 4-5. A win gives the Bears some breathing room and seriously hurts the Packers’ chances. A Green Bay win may turn the tide on the Bears’ season.
I never thought it would be the Bears’ pass defense that scares me. But whether it’s the scheme, pass rush, DB’s can cover and pass rushers can no longer rush-if the probelms aren’t corrected this weekend, Rodgers will eat the Bear defense alive.
I was fortunate to go to Lambeau for the Bears-Packers games from 2001-2003. Let’s recap how that went. In 1999 and 2000, the Bears won at Lambeau for the first times since 1992. Then I started going, and the Bears lost three straight. Since I haven’t been there, the Bears have won 3 straight. Safe to say I won’t be going again in the near future.