NFL Week 15: Packers vs. Bears


Dec 2012

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Green Bay Packers (-3) @ Chicago Bears (+3) Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 1 p.m. ET

Perhaps one of the most anticipated matchups of the season will take place in Week 15 with the Green Bay Packers traveling to Soldier Field to take on the division rival Chicago Bears. The NFC North division title will be on the line on Sunday in the Windy City with the Packers trying to shut the door on the Bears hopes of stealing the division crown away from them. Although the Bears were a much better team earlier this season and were thought to run away with the division title due to the struggling Packers trying to get back on track, the tables and turn in the NFC North with the Minnesota Vikings disappearing, Detroit Lions failing to live up to expectations and the Packers starting to look like Super Bowl title contenders once again. Green Bay will come into this game against Chicago having won seven of the last eight games and apparently back on track in terms of clicking on offense. The Packers have been absolutely decimated by injuries the season on both sides of the football with players like Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson, Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson all going down at different times during the season. Fortunately, Green Bay will finally get Matthews back on the field on Sunday, but will be without Woodson for at least one more game do a broken collarbone suffered earlier in the year. Jennings will also be on the field for the Packers this weekend, but it’s uncertain how much impact you have after just one cats last weekend against the Lions. As for Nelson, the breakout wide receiver will most likely miss this game with head coach Mike McCarthy claiming that he seriously doubts he’ll be on the field this weekend. The Bears on the other hand have their fair share of injury problems as well with quarterback Jay Cutler dealing with a sprained MCL and the neck injury suffered in last week lost to the Vikings. Along with Cutler being nowhere near 100% coming in this game, the Bears will also be without defensive leader Brian Urlacher do a nagging hamstring injury that will probably keep them out the rest season. Coming into this game either team is 100% that will probably show on the football field, but in the end I believe the Packers will come out on top and win the division title for a second straight season while being favored by -3.

Prediction: Packers -3

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