Here we are heading into the Green Bay Packers Week 4 matchup against the NFC North Division rival Chicago Bears … and with it comes Lombardiave.com staffers predictions.
Take a look below and don’t forget to leave your own predictions in the comments below …
Josh McPeak: The last place Packers will have their hands full with the “Twin Towers” in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
Chicago is the worst running team in the league so far this year and Green Bay is not much better coming in at 27th. Couple that with both ranking in the basement at stopping the run also.
The Packers rank 30th while Chicago ranks 26th. It’s not a pretty game on paper. If Rodgers gets out of the pocket the passing game will explode and also take the cork off of the bottled up Eddie Lacy.
However, if McCarthy sticks to the same game plan he has shown this season, the Packers will leave Chicago 1-3. My Green and Gold blood still has me expecting this week to be the breakout week.
I’m just surprised we are waiting on the offense to be the squad to breakout.
Packers 27 Bears 17
Tom Mrozla: I am torn on this one. With that being said, I am not 100 percent convinced that Green Bay is aware that the season has started and that every game counts. I say Bears win another ugly one
Bears 31 Packers 17 … I hope I’m wrong.
Luke Hanish: Here’s to R-E-L-A-X-I-N-G week 4.
After an abysmal effort in Detroit expect this team to play up to the potential we all know they have!
Offensively, Eddie Lacy really needs to get it going and against a still suspect Chicago run D he should be able to do that.
Hopefully we’ll see all backs involved more in the passing game as well.Rodgers should be spreading the ball around to multiple receivers as he normally would.
It would be nice to see Brandon Bostick involved in the game plan as well this week.
Defensively, expect the focus to start and end with stopping Matt Forte. Defensive backs will have some added sense of relief as even if Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey are able to go, they won’t exactly be 100 percent.
Packers – and it won’t even be close …
Packers 38 Bears 18
Davey Miller: Packers lay the wood on the Bears on both sides of the ball.
Packers 31 Bears 21
Darryl Krejci: It will be a hard fought game. In the end, Jay Cutler shows his true self and throws a pick six to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix who returns it for the victory.
Packers 24 Bears 21
Coalter Hansen: Here’s to hoping this week goes better than last week.
The Packers need to get out to an early start against the Bears.T hey won’t get away with turning the ball over on their first possession every game.
They’ve always had good luck at getting after Jay Cutler, and Julius Peppers should be poised to prove that the Bears made a mistake.
In the end, the Packers get an already-crucial must-win against the divisional foe.
Packers 27 Bears 21
Kenn Korb: The Packers have had major issues getting going on offense during most of the first three weeks, which has troubled just about anyone who has watched them play.
Chicago has had a bit better luck on that end, and their defense has been looking more like what one would expect a Bears’ defense to be: opportunistic.
A major reason for the struggles are the teams Green Bay has faced: Seattle, the Jets, and Detroit. They have tough run defenses that shut down the running game and allowed the pass defense to prevent Rodgers from going off for all but two quarters (Jets).
Against a team in Chicago that, while it has improved and seemingly regained its turnover savvy, it still isn’t quite at the same level of the others defensively, you have to expect Eddie Lacy will get to find some room to run, Rodgers will have some time to pass, and the Packers can earn a win.
Green Bay 27 Chicago 23
Patrick Hughes: If at the end of the season I looked back on my predictions I would soon discover that if I hit each week the Packers would probably be 16-0.
With that said, I will once again pick the Pack.
The offense has been sputtering, not at all resembling the well-oiled machine that Packers fans everywhere were expecting to enjoy.
This is the week the Packers offense begins to put it together. Eddie Lacy against a soft Bears’ defense will resume where he left off in 2013. Aaron Rodgers will cast early season speculation about declined play aside and spread the ball around, toying with a depleted Chicago secondary.
Look for plays to happen just behind the Bears aging linebackers and in front of their secondary.
For the Packers defense I expect the progress to continue forward. How about Datone Jones making his presence felt?
Packers 24 Bears 17
Kevin Dickens: Packers simply will R-E-L-A-X and regain their mojo this week.
Everyone is waiting for the showdown between a supposed retooled Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers.
Here’s to them.
The Packers defense is up for the challenge playing supremely better as of late.
Packers 31 Bears 17
Kevin Gibson: Another week, another tough NFC North matchup for the Packers.
While the defense showed marked improvement against the Lions, the Green Bay Packers offense took a big step backward.
In short, the Packers got manhandled in the run game, and the wide receivers simply weren’t coming open quickly enough for Aaron Rodgers to get the ball out. And when he did, he often was off the mark.
But this is the Bears.
I think the Packers right the ship this week at the expense of Jay Cutler and company. I predict we see a breakout day from Eddie Lacy and the rushing game.
Packers 31 Bears 26
Ray Rivard on one of his better days …
Ray Rivard: Eddie Lacy and the offensive line finally get it together; Aaron Rodgers finally has time to find other receivers not named Jordy Nelson; and the Packers defense continues on its rise from rock bottom and put the hurt on Jay Cutler and company.
I have a gut feeling it will be close through the first half, but the Packers will own the clock and Soldier Field in the second half and come away with a much-needed win.
Packers 24 Bears 17