T.V. Schedule: Sunday September 13th, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Line: Packers (-7)
The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears are set to kick off their respective 2015 seasons against each other on Sunday afternoon. It is a major rivalry game with quite a bit more on the line than a regular-season opening game.
Both teams are expected to be missing key players, which adds even more intrigue into the game. Green Bay is without question the better team heading into the season, but the Bears are hoping to start the season off with a bang and prove that they shouldn’t be taken lightly. There is absolutely no pressure on the Bears, while Green Bay has to figure out how to play to their full potential without star wide receiver Jordy Nelson.
Aaron Rodgers is more than capable of making players better around him. Randall Cobb and Davante Adams are more than capable of stepping up and helping replace Nelson’s production and the signing of veteran receiver James Jones will be a big help for the Packers as well. The aerial attack shouldn’t be too much worse than it was last season and Rodgers is definitely a top candidate for an MVP award.
Jay Cutler, on the other hand, is very likely to be without his No. 1 and No. 2 wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White. White has already been ruled out for the first six games after undergoing shin surgery, while Jeffery is strongly considering missing Week 1 due to a calf injury. Chicago’s offense would be in a world of hurt without those two players, but they still have a few weapons to work with.
There is no doubt that this game should be a blowout victory by the Packers. They have the advantage of playing at home while having more talent on both sides of the football. That being said, the Bears have a brand new coaching staff that has instilled confidence into their team since taking over.
Chicago truly believes that they can knock off the Packers, which makes this a very dangerous trap game for Green Bay.
Predicting a game is never easy, but usually the better team is able to show it throughout the course of four quarters. Green Bay is obviously the best team that will be on the field Sunday afternoon and should pull out a victory. More than likely, the Packers will win the game by a final score of around 35-21 or something close to that.
Having the Packers face off against the Bears in Week 1 is exactly what the NFL needed. The NFC North is without question intriguing this year, although Green Bay is by far the favorite to take home another division title.
Expect to see both teams come out and leave everything they have on the field in Week 1. Green Bay definitely should come away with a victory, but John Fox is hoping to open up with a win in his Chicago coaching debut. It should be a very heated battled between two bitter rivals and it is a game that will be well worth watching.
Prediction: Green Bay 35, Chicago 21
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