3 takeaways from Packers’ No. 1 seed-clinching win vs. Bears

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3. This team is ready for the playoffs

This Packers team sure looks ready for the playoffs. They have won six straight and have put together strong performances on both sides of the ball in recent weeks.

We know how good this offense is. They make it look easy at times.

But let’s talk about the defense. A week after holding Derrick Henry (who finished the season with over 2,000 rushing yards) to under 100 yards, the run defense held its own in Week 17.

David Montgomery did find the end zone once, but he had his worst game since Week 9 with just 69 yards on 22 carries, averaging 3.1 yards per attempt. Montgomery’s touchdown was the only time the Bears found the end zone in the entire game.

Mitch Trubisky had no touchdown passes and an interception. After giving up a touchdown on the opening possession of the game, Green Bay forced Chicago to kick three field goals the rest of the way. And that was it.

Damon Harrison made an impact in his debut. Expect to see more from him in the playoffs.

Outside of special teams, which remains a mess, the Packers are ready for a Super Bowl run. The offense is on fire and the defense has been playing at a championship level throughout December.

They’ll get a deserved week of rest, but this team looks more than ready for January football.