Thursday Night – Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
A Thursday night affair in the NFC North. We just might have some decent football on our hands… Well, maybe not. The Bears are playing, after all. Sorry, Bears fans, but you know that this year is going to be a bit rough without Alshon Jeffery and Smokin’ Jay Cutler. Say what you will about Cutler, but he would’ve been more effective than a rookie (probably?). Without further ado, let’s see what these teams have to do to get a win.
Keys to the Game
It’s going to be an uphill battle, to say the least. Chicago needs to find a way to get Aaron Rodgers off his game, which is much easier written in a preview than done. However, it’s not impossible. The Pack were more than vulnerable at times last season and, as we’ve seen, anything can happen on a Thursday night. The Bears will need help from a few big plays in this one and that awful Green Bay defense probably won’t put up too much resistance. A lucky break here or there and a great game out of Jordan Howard will have Chicago surprising us all with a W.
The game plan is simple for the Packers: don’t beat yourselves. Chicago is in a rebuilding year with a fresh quarterback at the helm while the Packers have Aaron Rodgers. Enough said. Green Bay simply needs to play within themselves and they should have themselves a Thursday night cakewalk to a divisional win. A little bit of running game, a little bit of Jordy Nelson and a little pressure on the new Chicago Q will do just nicely for a Green Bay win.