The last time the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers locked horns was Week 9 of the NFL regular season. In that game, the two prestigious franchises were quarterbacked by none other than Josh McCown and Seneca Wallace. When the Packers trek to Soldier Field for a Week 17 bout, each team will be starting the game with a not-so new face under center.
Jay Cutler vs. Aaron Rodgers to decide the NFC North. Does it get any better than that? After fracturing his collarbone in Week 9 and missing seven straight games, No. 12 will be back on the gridiron this Sunday as he will face a reeling Bears team. Not only is Chicago coming off of an absolute beating at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles, the Bears have also let a handful of games slip away as Chicago should have taken home NFC North honors long ago.
Therefore, all of the pressure is on Marc Trestman and the Bears. A few weeks ago, it seemed unlikely for the Packers to even reach 7 wins and now they are just one win away from the playoffs. If Chicago allows a revamped Green Bay squad to punch its ticket to the postseason in front of the Windy City crowd then Trestman might not last a single season on the lake. Obviously, that’s an overreaction, but to say that the heat is on the Bears would be a vast understatement.