Review~ an ugly win, however good teams win ugly from time to time. How important is winning “pretty” vs. teams one “should’ve have an issue?”
- Defense- locked down until it was essentially over.
- Offense- began fast, which is a huge improvement from last year, but needs to finish more consistently.
- Special Teams- may be fixed, or at least improved enough to not be a liability.
As stated last week, no matter what the Packers did, aside from losing- this was a no-win scenario. Everything is leading up to these final 3 games, all divisional opponents- and each carrying a huge component.
This week’s component? Knocking the Bears from the postseason—and possibly clinching a playoff berth of their own. If the Packers win, the Bears are out of the playoffs. A 7-loss team cannot make the playoffs in the NFC, unless it’s the Vikings or Rams.
The Packers can clinch if they best the Bears and the Rams lose. In order to win the division, the Packers must win any 2 of the remaining 3 games on their schedule. If the Packers win out, they’re guaranteed at least the 2 seed. They could get some major help, and wind up as the 1 seed, but that’d be tough to count on. Let’s focus on beating the Bears…
Preview~ end the Bears’ season. Chicago has been riding high, winning 4 of their last 5. They’re back in the playoff hunt, still essentially needing to win out, but this is another major opportunity for Green Bay to knock them off, and build a bunch of confidence (especially on offense) vs. a very good defense.
The Packers are the better team, completely shut down the Bears in their week 1 meeting to open the NFL’s 100th season, and it should be more of the same. Scoring 24 points at home, vs. any defense shouldn’t be too big of an ask, but with the offense stalling for 2+ consecutive quarters more often than not, vs. bad defenses…well…I’m not too optimistic.
This is the Bears’ Super Bowl and you’ll get their best shot…