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Bears vs Packers: A Vikings Fan Game Review

The Bears and the Packers met today in the frigid tundra of Lambeau field. Lovie Smith kept his starters in the game even though there was no hope for a #1 seed after the Falcons beat the Panthers earlier in the day. The Packers were playing for a Wild Card play-off berth and the #6 seed.

The first half was a defensive battle for both teams, causing both team’s offensives to look anemic. Aaron Rodgers was once again the Packers’ top rusher with 21 yards. Chicago’s top rusher, Matt Forte, on the other hand was able to rack up 91 yards on 15 carries with a 6.1 YPC average. The Packers ended the game as they have been since Ryan Grant went out on IR: 60 net yards in rushing.

The Bears only had pride to play for today. Their first round bye was safe & secure in their pocket. The Packers needed to win, but even after doing so, face a tough fight to make it past the first round of the play-offs.

The Packers will have a difficult time  moving past the Eagles next week for the following reasons:

  • No run game. No matter how much the Packer fans yell “Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhnnnnn”, their will is not enough to propel him forward. Despite 4 carries today, he posted no positive yardage.
  • Third down efficiency today was at 18%. The Packers’ offense was only able to convert 2 of 11 third downs. Overall the Eagles and the Packers are fairly evenly matched in 3rd down conversions – but today’s performance doesn’t bode well.
  • The Packers allowed 110 rushing yards by the Bears, with a 5.5 YPC average. That may not seem like much, but with Michael Vick running around and escaping the pocket, the Packers’ defense may be overmatched. It’s worth noting that the Bears are 23rd in rushing yards per game, while the Packers themselves are 25th. The Eagles? Top 5 rushing attack.
  • The Packers are the #5 overall defense with 309.1 yards allowed per game. Conversely, the Eagles are the #1 offense overall with 399.1 yards per game. That sounds like a good match up, but the Eagles are #3 in total points posted and are ahead of the Packers with +12 in turnovers.

The Bears, on the other hand, will have no trouble making it past the Wild Card round as they’ll be reclining in their houses in Chicago watching the lower seeded teams battle it out.

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