I can’t remember ever feeling this good about a Green Bay Packers team. I liked their chances against the Eagles, I was very confident they would beat the Falcons, and I have a good feeling about Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.
This feeling of positivity just does not seem right. I’m not sure how to handle it. Usually I’m pessimistic and grumpy to a fault. I expect the worst and wait for everything to come crashing down with another last-second Mason Crosby clank off the goalpost, Mike McCarthy clock kerfuffle or Aaron Rodgers sack/interception.
I feel I need to channel my old pessimistic self, so that is exactly what I am going to do now. There are many reasons why the Packers will not win on Sunday. For those overly excited Packers fans like me, consider this a cold shower.
It’s the Bears. It’s Soldier Field
That about says it all doesn’t it? Very little has gone right for the Packers at Soldier Field recently. Too many penalties, blocked field goals, special teams meltdowns. You name it and it has gone wrong.
And how about that turf? If you dumped a can of green spray paint on a gravel road in Menomonie, WI you would have a better playing surface. That mess of a field neutralizes any speed advantage Bears’ opponents might have and forces you to muck it up and play their slop brand of football.
If I was a prison warden, I would not even allow my prisoners to set foot on that disaster of a playing surface.
Led by Hester, the Bears average 17.1 yards per punt return. I said 17.1 yards per return! How many times have the Packers gotten 17 yards on a punt return this season? Not very many. The Bears get it almost every time!
Sure, Tim Masthay and the special teams unit contained Hester in week 17. Big whoop. They were just delaying the inevitable. Lovie Smith probably looked at the matchup on special teams and immediately instructed team officials to start making plans for Dallas.
Jay Cutler is super talented
Cutler’s physical tools are unbelievable. Sometimes he throws these deep balls where he appears off-balance, yet somehow manages to flick a perfect strike to one of his streaking wide receivers.
The only drawback to Cutler’s game is that he’s dumb. He’s just plain stupid, there’s no other way to put it. Sometimes his decisions make even less sense than a story on ProFootballTalk.com.
But do all of his bad throws really matter that much when the other team drops three-fourths of his potential interceptions? The Bears must put something on the ball so that whenever a defender touches a Cutler pass, the defender receives an electric shock.
The Bears front seven
Urlacher, Peppers, Briggs, Harris. These guys are men. They’re proven veterans that have beaten the crap out of pass-happy offenses like the Packers their entire careers. Bulaga played his worst game of the season against the Bears in week 17, and he rarely had to match up against Peppers. If Peppers regularly lines up over Bulaga on Sunday, the rookie might soil himself.
Packers fans are all proud and cheery over their ragtag group of castoffs and upstarts on the front seven. It’s a fun story, but Walden, Bishop, and Green are nothing compared to what the Bears trot out every game.
I apologize if that was difficult to read, but it had to be written. I needed that, and maybe other overly optimistic Packers fans did too. I somehow feel…what’s the word I’m looking for…cleansed, I guess.
Of course, there are several kernels of truth contained in the mostly tongue-in-cheek stuff I just finished writing. If the Bears are able to capitalize on their strengths and home-field advantage, this quick dose of pessimism will turn into a cold shot of harsh reality.——————