With NFL football resuming in two days, week 2 is going to kick off with a bang. The Chicago Bears head north to take on the Green Bay Packers, and this has the makings of a potential late postseason preview. The Bears are coming off a huge opening week win against the Indianapolis Colts and are 1-0 on the short campaign. The Packers are coming off a very disappointing loss to the San Francisco 49ers (at home), and this is a huge week for them.
Everyone will have the Packers winning on Thursday, but they might not have Greg Jennings which will seriously help the Bears in a ton of different ways. Not only that, but there is one way the Bears CAN beat Green Bay. You might think I’m going to talk about their offense here, but I’m not. You might think I’ll talk about the offensive line, but I won’t.
For the Bears to beat the Packers, they HAVE to find ways to pressure Aaron Rodgers and make him as uncomfortable in the pocket as possible. Rodgers is an outstanding athlete, and has crazy good pocket presence, and for the Bears to really put themselves on the drivers seat, internal pressure will force turn overs. If the Bears force those turnovers due to the pressure, they will move to 2-0. Aaron Rodgers was pressured constantly by the niners defense and really contained him for most of the afternoon. His athleticism though kept the Packers in it, and even gave them a chance to win, and that’s a compliment to his abilities. It will be up to Julius Peppers to lead the Bears defense, and I look forward to him haunting Rodgers.
This is a bitter rivalry with a long and passionate history. This is a big game for both teams, so I expect the emotions to be running high. Hopefully the Bears can get to Rodgers early and often, and we can watch a major Bears win on the road.