The Chicago Bears need to win at Green Bay Sunday in order to lock up the second seed in the playoffs and a first-round bye. Not to mention knocking the Packers out of the playoffs. The Packers need a win or they don’t make the postseason.
This will be an epic matchup of the rivals, even though at least the Bears know they have won the division and aren’t fighting for the ability to keep playing, as the Packers are.
This will be an extremely difficult game for the Bears to win, no doubt. It’s always hard to sweep division rivals. Aaron Rodgers is 10-1 in his last 11 starts at Lambeau.
So it will be interesting to watch. No predictions. The sky will not fall if the Bears lose, but certainly I wouldn’t want to have to play the Packers three times. So it would be best for the Bears to win and take care of them now.
One more note on what is turning into the flame thread when I recently wrote “Read it and weep, Wisconsin,” since it seems to be attracting a lot of angry Packer fans that are having a hard time spelling the obscenities they cast at me.
I respect the Packers organization, and I know a lot of Packer fans that I like and respect. It’s funny to see so many Packer fans wanting Mike McCarthy fired, since he always has his team prepared and seems to out-coach his opponent nine times out of 10. I wrote “Read it and Weep” because, again, the Wisconsin and national media just penciled the Packers in as Super Bowl champs in August of 2009 and 2010. To them there was no need to even play the regular seasons, it was such a foregone conclusion.
It hasn’t turned out that way. Certainly the Packers could beat the Bears Sunday, then come to Chicago in the playoffs, beat us at home and go on to win the Super Bowl. It’s within the realm of possibility, and if that happens I will be flamed again by Packer fans that can’t spell.
But I won’t lose a bit of sleep over it, because as much as I love the Bears, it’s just a game.
Of course, there is also the chance that if the Packers win Sunday to clinch a playoff spot, they come to Chicago and the Bears win. We just don’t know until it happens. And until then I expect Packer fans to think their team will win, as Bears fans should feel their team is going to win.
Regardless of misspelled flamings.