Oct 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) celebrates his touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Packers win 44-31. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Packers vs. Bears: Why the Packers will win; How the Packers could lose

One of the reasons the Packers would lose to the Chicago Bears is if Aaron Rodgers goes down with injury. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

One of the reasons the Packers would lose to the Chicago Bears is if Aaron Rodgers goes down with injury. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

 

The Green Bay Packers have been dominant at Lambeau Field, especially against divisional opponents, but you know as well as I do that anything is possible on “Any Given Sunday (or Monday or Thursday).”

While I feel the Packers will ultimately leave the field Sunday with more points than the Chicago Bears, there are ways that the Packers could lose this game. While we don’t necessarily want to dwell on that possibility, we at least have to consider it, we have to verbalize and we have to hope the Packers have addressed all of the possibilities and are ready to face it head on.

So, here we go:

Why the Packers will win

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy ran around and through the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday night. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy ran around and through the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday night. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports photograph

The Green Bay Packers will win Monday night when they play host to the Chicago Bears for a variety of reason, most of which will take place within the line scrimmage. The Packers win by dominating the offensive line of scrimmage, opening holes for Eddie Lacy and James Starks to run through, and by providing Aaron Rodgers enough time to complete 60-plus percent of his passes. The Packers also win by controlling the defensive line of scrimmage. They will crowd the line and will force Bears’ quarterback Josh McCown to beat them with his arm.

Aaron Rodgers will do his business, throwing for at least two touchdowns and coming away with no interceptions. With a balanced offensive attack, a defense the stifles the run and a defensive backfield that picks off at least one pass, the Packers will be poised to go to 6-2

 

How the Packers could lose

Matt Forte Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Forte
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

I really feel the only way the Packers lose this game is if Aaron Rodgers goes down with injury.

I’m not being cute here. The Packers at this point in the season is a much better team – even with the plethora of injuries the team is suffering through.

However, should Matt Forte go wild on the Packers and they dominate time of possession, that could be a problem for the Packers.

But I’m serious in saying that the loss of Rodgers would be the only way Green Bay comes away with a loss. He is so important to the team’s success that without him, the Packers would be an entirely different team.

Our hope is that doesn’t happen.

 

Prediction:

The Bears will try to stay close and may hold the Packers to as many field goals as touchdowns, but it will be the Packers defense that makes the biggest difference.

For the second straight week, the Packers will score more than 40 points. The Bears will get some garbage points at the end, but the Packers offensive firepower is too much.

Packers 42 Bears 20

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