Packers XLV

Pack-Bears III: The Early Read

Posted January 17th, 2011 @ 02:01am

Next Sunday, we'll watch the most significant Packers-Bears game of our lifetime. For just the second time in 182 meetings, these ancient rivals will meet with a title on the line. Who could have imagined before the season that we'd get an all-NFC North title game and that the Vikings wouldn't be one of the teams playing in the game?

Both QBs are playing at their highest levels. Rodger dismantled the Falcons like a surgeon. Cutler was more like a boxer, delivering punches--even a couple with his feet. The reason these teams are playing for a Super Bowl berth is because their QBs stepped up in a big moment on a big stage and were the best players on the field in the divisional weekend.

Both teams also have defenses playing at a championship level. The Bears rely on crafty veterans like Urlacher, Peppers and Briggs, while the Pack has one Yoda guy in Charles Woodson, and a bunch of precocious kids in Matthews, Williams, Raji and Bishop.

When divisional rivals meet for a conference championship, you expect a close game. You expect each team to try something they haven't shown in the first two meetings. The Packers will look to take Devin Hester out of the equation (of course, if Tim Masthay gets to stay on the sidelines like he did in Atlanta it's a moot point) and keep Matt Forte from making big plays. The Bears will spend the week trying to find a scheme that will cool off Rodgers.

Weather might be the ultimate factor next Sunday. Rodgers admits he likes playing indoors. I'm pretty sure Soldier Field and it's soft squishy surface will feel a whole lot different than the carpet at the Georgia Dome.

We have all week to consider this historic matchup. For one team, a ticket to Super Bowl XLV. For the other a devastating knockout blow, delivered by their oldest rival, one that they'll have to live with the whole offseason.

The stakes couldn't be higher. The wait couldn't be more agonizing.

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on February 28th, 2012 at 04:34pm

Extended forecast appears to be mid 20's partly cloudy. ideal for this time of year.

on January 16th, 2011 at 08:55pm

on January 16th, 2011 at 08:56pm

OMG...not only is the SB in sight, but we got a big fat chance to in our 4th Lombardi Trophy on top of winning the Halas Trophy in Chi-town! Who would have thunk it when Miami, Washington, and Detroit were frustraing our Pack with those last second heartbreaks. I have a sneaking feeling that this next one will be equally impressive to the Dirty-Bird massacre. TT and co are rewriting how to run a "pro" football team....Are you listening PA??????

on January 16th, 2011 at 10:00pm

Wish the Pack the best, but I'm sorry, it's going to be a repeat of the last playoff game between these two I saw when I was a kid. Maybe next year for you guys!

on January 17th, 2011 at 04:34pm

Schenyschen, We must be long lost brothers. I emailed almost the same letter you blogged to p.a. 2 weeks ago. I do think it's more envy and jealousy then anything though. Some of my best friends are vike fans and they have admitted they want we have. Besides the 12 titles, better management, a stadium, and of course our QB"S . Like i said 3 weeks ago. ENJOY THIS> we were not supposes to be here after all the injuries so whatever happens, it's been a great year already. Punt out of bounds, kick off to corner with high hang time and don't turn it over and we'll win 24-16

on January 17th, 2011 at 06:01pm

Just some early observations and comments. Three negative factors against us...(1) PA picking the Pack .... (2) Sid Hartman picking the Packers by 2 touchdowns.....and (3) Las Vegas putting the line Pack by 3. Any longtime smart bettor knows that a home team dog by 3 is absolutely the best bet on the board. The stats show that the home team covers this 75-80% of the time. So.....lets win by 1 or 2 and let the Bears cover. On the first two PA and SID are almost always wrong.....Davy I know you tried to stear PA away from us on the Monday show with that prediction.....but I know with his distain for us he was trying to put on the curse. ...he does not want us winning !!! GO Pack GO !!!

on January 17th, 2011 at 06:54pm

Larry, you have a "great Paul Allen mind". Perhaps you heard PA swearing off the Packers and becoming a Bears fan today. What a tortured soul he must be, lying on the radio like that trying to cinvince his Viqueen listeners he hates the Pack. --He loves Daveey and loves our squad. PA, for the love of God, be yourself man. Go Pack!

on January 17th, 2011 at 07:15pm

A few early week concerns: The bears do play us tough. Lovie has a way of keeping the bears in it. -- The field conditions may slow us down. Crappy field conditions lead to freak breakdowns like DB's falling down. The bears always seem to get lucky bounces like that. -- Was anyone else disturbed by mason crosby missing a field goal in the georgia dome and smiling about it afterward? I don't have confidence in our FG unit if it comes down to it. Go Pack! ps. i will get more upbeat as the week progresses.

on January 17th, 2011 at 08:10am

P.A. is so pathetic. All he has to hope for now is a Bear victory? Anything to keep Packer fans from rubbing one more thing in the Queens face - beating Chicago in the NFCCG when they couldn't get it done against NO. Regardless, losing the way they did, with a has-been QB doing what he always tended to do with all the chips on the line. Absolutely priceless PA - enjoy your week. And Dave - don't cut him an ounce of slack!

on January 17th, 2011 at 08:14pm

P.A. rooting for the Bears to win is petty and sad. His reluctance to give Aaron Rodgers full credit is also weak. The Vikings had two chances to draft Rodgers and passed on him. Maybe he's bitter about that.

on January 17th, 2011 at 09:16pm

This really is kind of a mini-superbowl, I mean if there were more than a week's time for this game, I bet there'd be special magazines out there like there have been for the retirement of you know who , it really does have an added factor to it, even the Strib write up was real good that I saw. Surely, division foes have met for the Championship not that long ago but these two do have real history and two very good teams this year, I do think the Bears are pretty good with some of the assistant coaches they have brought on in the past two years. They clearly are trying to maximize their potential though NE stiffed 'em good.

on January 17th, 2011 at 09:46pm

What an epic game. I really do not want the Pack to lose a game like this. I doubt it will be the blowout that we saw in ATL.

on January 17th, 2011 at 10:45am

The Cheesehead Prayer Now I lay me down to bed A wedge of cheese upon my head Allegiance to the Packers I promise to keep and cheer them on while I'm asleep. If I should die, don't let me wonder, Just bury me neath the frozen tundra. But, Lord, before you take my soul, Let me see the Pack in one more Super Bowl. Forgive me Lord, for those I hated, The Lions and Vikings, they're overrated. The streets of heaven, so I've been told, Are paved for us in green and gold. If I get to heaven I'll have only one wish, A big screen TV with a satellite dish I pray for this Lord, for only one reason, to cheer on my Pack to a winning season. I'll close this prayer by thanking you Lord, for listening to me and the time you afford. But one more thing......please remember the Bears, Because that's a team that hasn't a prayer!!!

on January 18th, 2011 at 08:39am

Cutler is not as steady as Rodger's. The Seahawks dropped a pick six that could have been a 14 point turn. It like this: Cutler throws you the ball, if you catch it, he'll throw it to you again. If you drop it, well, good luck getting another interception. Just catch the ball.

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