Packers 2021 game-by-game predictions ahead of training camp

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Week 6: at Chicago Bears

Packers 38, Bears 17

Biggest storyline: Will Chicago stick with Andy Dalton at QB1?

If the Bears hold true to their word of sticking with Andy Dalton at QB1, it seems that the quarterback curse of Chicago will live another year.

Could Dalton thrive in a new offense? Sure. But Bears fans everywhere would rather see first-round draft pick Justin Fields under center after seeing his successful career at Ohio State.

Chicago signed Dalton this offseason and promptly announced him as QB1 on Twitter; a month later they drafted one of the top QBs of the 2020 class…but confirmed that Dalton will be their guy anyway.

It’ll be interesting to see who’s under center by Week 6, but the Packers have a 19-3 record over Chicago for the last decade, so it makes no difference to me.

Rodgers has been tearing up the Bears’ overhyped defense for a decade, and he’s not going to stop now. Chicago has plenty of talent on their roster, but they haven’t been able to utilize it in an effective way.

Week 7: at Washington Football Team

Packers 17, WFT 16

Biggest storyline: How will the Packers O-line protect Rodgers from a solid D-line?

The biggest thing I’ll have my eye on this week is how the Green Bay O-line protects Rodgers from dangerous second-year edge rusher Chase Young.

Washington has an up-and-coming defense that the league has their eyes on. They finished as the number two graded defense under new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio last season.

Recent years have shown that an incredible defense is the only way to hold Green Bay to a loss as they were the top-scoring offense in the 2020 season.

Despite their outstanding defense, WFT struggled a lot offensively in 2020. They had a revolving door of QBs as Dwayne Haskins, Kyle Allen, Alex Smith, and Taylor Heinicke all made starts throughout the season.

Maybe QB Ryan Fitzpatrick can bring a new energy to the offense. Fitzpatrick has played for eight other teams in his career and may just hit his stride in a flourishing organization.

This clash between a top offense and a top defense will be a fun one to watch.