The Packers are livin’ large and in charge after their 36-28 victory over the Rams on Sunday and will have two weeks to prepare for their divisional rivals from the Windy City as they enter their bye week. Let’s take a look at what we should expect to see when these two NFC North foes battle at Lambeau in an NBC Sunday night showdown.
It’s amazing to think that the Bears were 3-2 after five games, including victories over the Bengals and Raiders before they embarked on what was a brutal five games in the middle of their season. Not surprisingly, Chicago lost each and every one of them as the Packers, Bucs, 49ers, Steelers, and Ravens essentially put to bed any hopes that this Bears iteration would overachieve and secure a playoff berth.
Fast forward to Week 12 and Chicago was fortunate enough to get a divisional cupcake on Thursday night when they faced the Lions at Ford Field. But like everything else, even that Thanksgiving treat didn’t come easy as the Bears squeaked out a 16-14 victory and disappointed all those fans who saw their team win the game but fail to cover the three-point point spread.
Speaking of point spreads, the NFL odds being offered at all of the best online sportsbooks in their upcoming game against Arizona show Chicago as 7 to 7 ½ point home underdogs depending on where you shop. And that’s not entirely surprising as they will be facing the team with the best record in the league and one coming off of their bye week.
We should also note that there was a rather dark cloud hanging above the head of Chicago coach, Matt Nagy, leading up to the Detroit game as reports were swirling that the chairman of the team, George McCaskey, told Patch.com that Nagy would be terminated at season’s end. However, the day before the Thanksgiving game against the Lions, The Athletic first reported that McCaskey addressed the team and stated that the report was false and Nagy was still in the team’s plans going forward.
As for Matt Nagy, when asked about the rumor he said, “My focus is on these players and Detroit, and that’s it. That’s my job as a head coach and a leader, is to do that. These players have been amazing. They’ve been great. You have this quick turnaround after a loss like [Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens], and now here you go. The only thing we can do is focus on the now and do everything we can. Thursday is going to be here quickly.”
It’s only Week 13 of an 18-week season yet it’s safe to say the Packers are already a lock to claim their third consecutive NFC North crown and looking towards something much bigger and better – the No. 1 seed in the NFC. After scoring an impressive, 36-28, win over the Rams despite a decimated offensive line and a quarterback nursing an injured toe, the Packers will have an opportunity to heal their wounds and get ready for the stretch drive.
Rodgers had been quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19, causing him to miss the game against Kansas City in Week 9, and had reportedly fractured his pinky toe working out on his own. “When I step on the field, I expect greatness,” said Rodgers. “Anyone who’s a great competitor feels the same way. I don’t lean on excuses: not practicing, a little toe injury.”
As many Packers fans know, the team has already claimed a 24-14 win over the Bears in hostile territory back in Week 6 and will now welcome their guests to Lambeau Field on December 12th in a nationally televised Sunday affair. As for recent history, Green Bay has dominated this series and is 7-1 straight up and 6-2 against the spread versus Chicago over their last eight meetings spanning back to the 2018 season.
How healthy the Packers will be once they return to the gridiron is anyone’s guess but getting two weeks at this point in the season is nothing but a positive for the team. The biggest concern in facing the Bears is the possibility the Packers could overlook this game and focus on a pivotal matchup against the Ravens in Baltimore the following week.
This could be the proverbial trap game that catches so many great teams taking for granted a weaker opponent as a powerful foe looms on the schedule. But head coach, Matt LaFleur, seems to have his charges in a good place with a 9-3 record and only two other teams, Arizona and Tampa Bay – maybe three if we count Dallas at 7-4 – as possible rivals for the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC.
Remaining on Green Bay’s schedule is their game at home against Chicago followed by an away game at Baltimore, then home against Cleveland and Minnesota with the last game on the regular-season slate a road game in Detroit against the Lions.
I don’t think Matt Nagy is a particularly bad coach. The right call all along would have been to sit Justin Fields this year which is what Nagy wanted. Injuries to Andy Dalton prevented that. Why is Ryan Pace still there? Anyone who drafts Mitch Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes needs to be run out of town. If I’m the McCaskey’s, I hire Milt Hendrickson, Brian Gutekunst’s right hand man as GM. Who then hires Nathaniel Hackett as HC. Hackett apparently is already on their short list. Hendrickson would immediately fix the OL and start replenishing an aging defense. Chicago would be a pain in our side for years to come.
The problem Nagy has is he has spent the last few years trying to run a scheme designed for half of fame qb,wr, and tight ends with a pedestrian offense.
If he was actually a good coach he would have made them a run first offense and used mitch in a moving pocket.
None of that would have won super bowls but at least they may have won a playoff game or 2.
Nagy is not a good coach and pace is not a good gm.
Here’s to hoping they win out after the packers game and stick around another year.
“The right call all along would have been to…” – Princess
And who the fuck are you to pretend you’re the all knowing NFL guru?
At some point you must have started to believe your own bullshit.
Now tell us again about Gary’s 5th year guaranteed option.
Humor and entertain us.
Look sweetheart, we all come here to express our opinion. Just because I don’t come here to suck Aaron Rodgers dick like you, Dean, Ferris, Cheese, MMSUCKS, and the rest of the girls doesn’t mean I can’t express my opinion. If you want to start an Aaron Rodgers fan club and exchange pics of him in his jock, go elsewhere. This site says” Total Packers” not “Total Rodgers.” Now, in regards to my comment about Matt Nagy. Starting a rookie QB is never an ideal situation. Look no further than this years rookie draft class. With the exception of Mac Jones every other rookie QB has underperformed. History tells us it’s better to sit these guys than play them right away. Even Patrick Mahomes sat his first year. While Joe Burrow started as a rookie, he suffered a significant knee injury half way thru his rookie season. Matt Nagy understands all of this and would have preferred to play Andy Dalton who would have given the Bears the best chance to win this year. But from the very beginning the fans and the media have been pressuring him to start Justin Fields. It’s never wise to bow to public pressure. As to be expected, the results have been mixed. For every time Justin Fields has looked good, there are just as many times he’s looked lost. Is he a franchise QB? Possibly. If he can stay healthy. With that OL and a sparse upcoming draft, good luck with that. Here’s what I know about Milt Hendrickson. Brian Gutekunst’s first hire as GM was to be Milt Hendrickson. However, he worked for Ozzie Newsome in the Baltimore Ravens front office. Ozzie Newsome, one of the better GM’s in the league, refused to let him out of his contract. This would be perfectly understandable if it were a division rival. The Packers obviously are not. This tells me Hendrickson was a valued member of the front office. Coming from Newsome, that says something. I’ve often wondered how big an influence Hendrickson was in getting ZaDarius Smith from Baltimore to Green Bay where he knew the player well. Hendrickson’s supposed forte is drafting the OL. While the Packers have drafted Elgton Jenkins and Josh Myers early and Jon Runyan and Royce Newman late. All starters. How much credit he gets for that is unknown. It seems as though the Chicago Bears are always in a constant OL rebuild. They get the defense, the get the RB, but always miss on the QB and OL. And to be successful, Justin Fields needs better protection. Now is all this speculation? Of course it is. But Chicago could do much worse, and probable will, when choosing their next GM. Now, if you’ve got a compelling counter point, I’m listening. But since your realm of intelligence stops at worshiping Aaron Rodgers and quoting his stats, it’s doubtful.
This comment is so long Kevin Costner would star in the theatrical production, yet what should have been the start of the last paragraph admits it’s speculative bullshit. This seems to be a reoccurring theme with you.
Chicago’s offensive line ranks 10th in pass blocking win rate, and 9th in run blocking win rate, which puts them in the top third of the league. No play makers… No play makers
I can translate that novel without reading it.
Anyone who writes that much that nobody will read is trying to compensate for something. A long list of somethings.
Who else use to write long novels that people wouldn’t read.
That coincidence reminds me of something I wanted to say. Way to go Lions! SKOL BABY!
I understand completely Ferris. Advanced concepts and ideas require critical thinking and decrement. You and your ladies friends stick to the only thing you know. Aaron Rodgers is wonderful and Brian Gutekunst is evil. Quote each other his stats like it means something to anyone other than you. In the mean time, Tom Brady has 7 rings with two different teams. But that’s not Erin’s fault. We’ll blame that on Kevin King and Royce Newman. Sure.
Don’t be afraid to get help.
“Advanced concepts” like the Packers guaranteeing Gary’s 5th year option before his plane lands..
Requires “critical thinking” according to Princess….lol
Tommi….you ever get tired of your own bullshit that you constantly peddle in here?
Footnote….The Packers will be deciding Gary’s 5th year option before the league’s year end date.
Sometime in/by March, or earlier.
Or, you can believe Ragnar’s version…it’s a free Country…enjoy :)
Your attempt to use the word decrement in a sentence is exactly what I am talking about. Compensating for something. Nobody and I mean nobody uses the word decrement in conversation. They say decrease, or maybe reduction. I used to write copy so words are kind of my thing. So…”Advanced concepts and thinking require critical thinking and….decrease? WTF are you saying? Wait I know….nothing as usual.
I laughed when I saw that! I then sat and scratched my head for a moment wondering WTF did I just read! Decrement = abatement = ???? Perhaps he was reaching for the word discernment? Wow! Tom M seems to be a profound putz . . .
No disrespect of course.
There is no… seems to be about it.
I had that cabbage head figured for what he was. ..months ago
I read it as defication
“tOm BrAdY hAs SeVen RiNgS wHiCh Is PrOoF eVeRyThInG I sAy Is RiGhT aNd EvErYtHiNg AaRoN rOdGeRs DoEs Is wRoNg!”
“mIChAeL jOrDaN, MiChaEl JoRdAn, MiChAeL JoRdAn!”
I can’t believe Sunday the Vikings accomplished something that 11 other teams tried to do this year and failed… They lost to the Detroit Lions
The Vikings won their Super Bowl when they beat the Packers a few weeks ago. Beating the Packers is the best they can expect this year. The rest of their games, they don’t care about.
Nagy was 12-4 first year, won coach of the year, that was Mitch’s 2nd year, since then he has gone, 8-8, 8-8, and now 4-7, that isn’t progress. Nagy was an OC in KC, big deal, Andy Reed calls the plays, See Brad Childress… Nagy is trying to run a system that doesn’t fit his talent pool… See McCarthy’s last few years in Green Bay. So, to say Nagy is decent, that is a stretch
I agree. Not only is the Bears offense inept, but the strength of their team has always been the defense. Now the D has been slipping also. That, and the rumors of Nagy and Pace being on thin ice has infiltrated the locker room; that cannot be good for team moral. I think Nagy has already lost his team.
I know, let’s all hold hands and tell each other how much Aaron Rodgers means to each one of us! We all just love him so much! Don’t we girls? We’ll record it and turn it into a Hallmark made for TV movie! I’m still waiting for you to quote me PF4L on Rashan Gary. What I told you was Jordan Love’s 12.5 million dollar contract was guaranteed. Not Gary’s. What I told you was Gary would start this year and get 10-12 sacks. I was right. While you complained about not taking Brian Burns in Carolina. You had no clue who Burns was prior to the draft. PF4L clueless? Say it ain’t so!
Gee…isn’t it shocking what you actually said awhile back, and what you claim to have said Differ
It’s amazing, but yea Princess, I’m sure no one here doubts your word.
Gee…seems to me you claimed Gary would start opposite Z Smith.
You think people didn’t read that from you Princess?
Do you think all the “girls” here are that stupid?
Go slide down back under your rock Ragnar.
Just FYI melon head.
Gary’s contract is fully guaranteed also.
They were both 1st round picks potato head.
Neither having anything to do with the 5th year guaranteed option that you mentioned
Any NFL fan knows a team must decide on a 1st round picks, 5th year option, AFTER the 3rd year
But then again. Nobody here is acussing you of knowing what you’re talking about.
You do a very nice job of calling us girls Tommi.
But after that, you offer nothing of value to this site
I’ve had this talk with you before, and I don’t want to have to have this talk with you again.
You understand me little man?
If you force my hand on this again.
The gloves are coming off
Did Love get vaccinated?
Or was he immunized?
Did he tell his team?
Did he lie to his teammates?
Worse yet…did he lie to us, his fans?
Who knew what, and when did they know it?
I need to know these things..
Haven’t I cried enough over the Rodgers ordeal?
Maybe they should call up Benkert, I think he’s a a Green Bay Packers QB if memory serves…what say you Princess?
Give us the loudmouth soup version…lol
Had Ryan Pace drafted Patrick Mahomes, Chicago would have one one SB and probably two. The Windy City would be looking at a dynasty and Matt Nagy would be hailed as the next Andy Reid. Instead Nagy was stuck with Trubisky, Glennon, Foles, Dalton, and Fields. You can’t make chicken salad out of chicken shit, yet Nagy somehow has managed a winning record. While Nagy is no Belichick, he’s no Wayne Fontes either. As for Nagy’s offense being dated, they said the same thing about Mike McCarthy’s offense. We’re now three and a half years in the Matt LaFleur regime and Aaron Rodgers still hasn’t won a championship. Yet McCarthy and his dated offense thrives in Dallas. Not to worry ladies! We’ve found a scapegoat goat in Brian Gutekunst. Because Aaron Rodgers can never ever be responsible for anything.
Had i gotten all 6 numbers right on Powerball, i would have won the jackpot.
Princess…looking back in hindsight doesn’t make you look smart.
Even if they drafted Mahomes, that doesn’t guarantee a SB victory (or two).
But of course….you just know, because you know everything….lmao.
But maybe…you still think all it takes is a good QB for a team to win the Super Bowl?
Again…not very smart potato head..
Nor is misspelling “one”…when you meant to write “won”.
Stay in school kids!!
Ryan Pace didn’t have to pick “6 numbers to win Power Ball” he only had to pick Mahomes over Trubisky. Ryan Pace had the 2nd overall pick in the draft. Virtually the pick of the QB litter and he fucked it up. If I were a Bears fan I’d be pissed too. But Pace would draw my ire, Nagy not so much. With the Bears defense, Montgomery running the ball and Mahomes at QB, you can bet you unemployment check Chicago would have won a SB. They won the division with Trubisky. By the time it’s all said and done, Patrick Mahomes will have more SB wins and appearances and better stats than your sweetheart. Your know, the “Michael Jordan” of the NFL.
How many teams passed on A Rod? How many teams wished they hadn’t? If if if…. You are a fucking moron. Drew Brees won one super bowl dumb fuck, yet most consider him one of the greats, just like A Rod, one super bowl trophy. More? okay Yosh played and started earlier this year, all Packer fans know this, yet tommi boy your dumb ass was suprised he would play that well. McCarthy doesn’t call the plays in Dallas, and Jerry forced him to dump his lackeys this past off season. Most polls show Packer fans are some of the most knowledgeable in football, while viking fans, like you, are considered below average, so while in Minnesota football fans may think you are smart, here we think you are preschool, and just another dumb fuck that listens to 8 second sound bites, and figures he knows all
“Most polls show Packer fans are some of the most knowledgeable.” Not on this site Sean. Brees and Rodgers won the same number of SB’s as Dilfer and Flacco. Are they “some of the best ever to play the game” too? Stats get you into the HOF but that doesn’t make you the GOAT. That’s Tom Brady and his 7 rings with two different teams. And he’s primed for his 8th. Brady doesn’t have to go around and tell everyone he’s the “Michael Jordan” of the NFL. Brady’s the greatest to ever play the position and never says a word. Use some of that infinite “Packer knowledge” and tell me how man developmental, undrafted, FA players start at LT in the NFL and play well. There’s a reason good LT’s go off the board early in the first round in every draft. The fact that Nijman has played as well as he has with his humble beginnings is nothing short of remarkable. That’s a testament to the front office and coaching staff. Yet according to Sean, good LT’s practically grow on trees. Sure. What I find interesting is none of you girls are predicting a SB victory with little Erin, the best ever. Your already making excuses as to why it won’t happen. If you’ve got the “Michael Jordan” of the NFL you should be talking smack. Not hearing a lot of confidence from “some of the most knowledgeable fans ever.” 38 yr old Erin and his one SB will get one more chance. He won’t get an opportunity like this in Denver or Pittsburgh. Are you willing to bet the farm that Rodgers delivers this time Sean? Based on past performance, I’m not.
Hey Tom M!
McCarthy (The Buffoon) DOES NOT RUN the offense . . . How much is 1265 paying you to do damage control for Gutekunst? Too much IMHO . . .
I explained to Princess weeks, maybe months ago that
Kellen Moore was running it.
Personally, i’m getting tired of schooling that boy.
McCarthy didn’t run the offense in Green Bay either. Tinker Bell did and still does! That little bitch doesn’t need a HC or GM. And he sure as shit doesn’t need doctors! Fuck science! Wouldn’t that be a hoot? Big Mike comes to town next month and kicks Little Erin’s ass! You girls will be shitting your diaper if that happens!
But to answer your question. “1265” pays me millions! Just educate 5 or 6 dumb ass Wisconsin hicks who think they know football!
Did everyone get that?
The Bears will come after Rodgers. If I were LaFluer, I would not put Rodgers in many situations where the Bears can tee off on him. Like the Vikings, the Bears play to take Rodgers out and each team has done so. The Bears took him out for 7 games in 2013 and in 2018 broke his knee which he played with, but impacted his play. I will now knock on wood to scare off the demons I have summoned.
You can bet that Nagy will use the Rodgers phrase “I still own you” Rodgers made back in October to the Bear fans as motivation this Sunday night. I’m not too worried about the Pack taking this game lightly, but ; I’m concerned about this team coming out flat after 2 weeks off. Lately, they have been slow coming out of the gate after buy weeks. A couple of positives for GB; Bears RB Tarik Cohen is on the teams PUP list, and LB Mack, LB Trevathan, and DB Shelley are on injured reserve. With the rumors of Bear fans wanting the heads of Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy floating around Chicagoland, we’ll see how the Bears perform.
I for one am starting a fire Brian Gutekunst petition. You girls with me? That SOB has held little Erin back! Think of the countless SB’s we’ve missed out on because of our incompetent GM! Why, Gutekunst has only provided Rodgers with the 7th ranked defense, a power running game with Dillion, and WR’s like Adams and MVS! Sure, Gutekunst got “lucky” on a few early draft picks but he hasn’t hit on anything late in the draft. Oh wait, Royce Newman (4th), Jon Runyan (5th), MVS (6th), and Yoshi Nijman (undrafted FA), all not only start, but are playing well. Ok, never mind on that late part. If we only had Ryan Pace, Rick Spielman, or whoever is running that dumpster fire in Detroit as our GM, just think of the dynasty we could have had.
Tom M December 10, 2021
I for one am starting a fire Brian Gutekunst petition.
LOL….Starting a petition (deja vu)…….lol
The more you speak cabbage head, the more it all makes sense.
I’m going to start my own petition…….
Anybody who respects and enjoys Tommi’s company in here. Just let me know and i’ll provide a link to the petition for you to sign.
Who wants to be Tommi’s first online friend?
Tom M December 9, 2021
I predickted that sometime durring the season Kurt Benkert would be the #2 QB at some point.
I’m write again!!
OH WAIT!!!……..”Royce Newman…playing well” – Princess……Bwahahahahahahaha
5 penalties (accepted)….5 sacks allowed
PFF Grade = 50.3
Newsflash Pinhead…..Just because someone is starting….doesn’t mean…they are a starter.
You are a fucking moron…..down to the core.
Praise Gute all you want lettuce head…that’s cool.
Gute made some nice early picks, he plugged a couple positions with players picked up on the cheap.
But now, look at both sides…..list all his bonehead moves and signings and draft picks, starting from the beginning.
2nd…signing (has been) Jimmy Graham to 10/mill/year to replace his production?
You fill out the rest of the list Princess…i refuse to do all your thinking for you.
Take your time Gomer, it will take you awhile…..
Yes, on occasion MVS can make a play here and there….on occasion.
Trust me, nobody is confusing his production with Adams or Nelson, Jennings, or JJ.
MVS has 309 yards on 17 receptions and 2 TD’s this season.
Big fucking deal.
Oh, he’s been injured?….so f’ing what….your only as good as your availability.
He’s averaged 500 yards a season and 3 TD’s…..Is that a difference maker in your eyes Goober?
Why stop there…tell me how good Lazard is….wasn’t he supposed to be our #2 receiver a couple years ago..you f’n pinhead.
Those are maybe Jimmy Graham numbers.
Oh yes, the great Jordy Nelson debate. So valuable Jon Gruden cut him and no one picked him up. While Royce Newman has gotten better as the season goes on. A year to get bigger and stronger and your looking at a 10 yr veteran. But you stick to your PFF grades because you think Mitch Trubisky is a better QB Patrick Mahomes. Sure.
Do you even know who Jordy Nelson is Princess?
Jon Gruden?…since when does he make the right calls?
Where is Gruden now? On a poster in your bedroom?
FYI lettucehead…Nelson chose to retire.
Or as you would write….
He choose to retire.
He was a TT pick in the 2nd round of the 2008 draft.
Not to mention leading the NFL in TD catches 2 seasons.
Not to mention Nelson and Rodgers were a prolific QB/WR duo for years.
Again. I’m getting tired of schooling your sorry uneducated ass.
Next time…do some research, stop embarresing yourself Gomer.
Now go finish your chili Ragnar, then count all the Banners your vikings have won.
Jordy Nelson, cut by the Packers and Raiders and passed over by 30 other NFL GM’s. But he had so many productive seasons left! Sure he did.The rest of the NFL missed your in depth Jordy Nelson scouting report there sweetheart. What’s next? You gonna tell us Santa will be here in a few weeks? Your problem is you can’t evaluate talent. PFF has to give you a grade to tell you what to think. You thought Rashan Gary was a bust just because he didn’t immediately start. While I saw an extremely talented player who worked his ass off and just needed an opportunity. I didn’t give two shits about his PFF grades or any other such nonsense. I knew he’d be good. The only one surprised about Gary is you. So when I tell you Royce Newman will be a solid guard in the NFL with a long career, you’d be wise to listen. But we all know better. Likewise I don’t give two shits how Newman graded out. Royce Newman, a rookie 4th round pick, went toe to toe with all pro Aaron Donald and the rest of a very good Rams DL. And while it wasn’t always pretty, he played pretty damn well. I see progress,,especially over the last couple of games, where he’s played his best football so far. I see a bright future for Royce Newman. While you only see what PFF tells you. We’ll revisit Royce Newman in the future to see if he’s a productive guard in the NFL or if he joins you as a Walmart greeter as you predict.
Jordy Nelson…cut by the Packers
That was a good move in your eyes Princess?
Jimmy Graham was the better alternative?
Tommi….concentrate on studying for your GED exams.
Leave the Packer talk to educated Packer fans.
Who was the Einstein who told us “ it Ted had only drafted TJ Watt the Packers would have won two SB’s by now?” That’s a special kind of stupid you usual only hear from PF4L, but alas, it wasn’t him. TJ Watt and that vaulted Pittsburgh defense got torched for 36 points last night by Kirk Cousins no less. Not to worry, Rodgers and Watt will likely be teammates next year and your wet dream will finally come true. How long before Steelers fans turn on Rodgers? Pittsburgh will be in no mood for a stat whore. They’ll expect a SB winner. Good luck with that!
According to that wise and sage talent evaluator PF4L. Ryan Pace drafts Mitch Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes and it’s no big deal. Mahomes isn’t that good anyway he reasons. While Brian Gutekunst drafts Rashan Gary over Brian Burns and immediately PF4L proclaims Gutekunst should be tarred and feathered! Reason number 997 why PF4L is clueless when it comes to football. Which surprises no one.
Blah blah blah blah blah
1st of all cupcake, it’s only reason number 851.
You like to keep inventing things I ‘proclaimed’.
That has served you well here in the past hasn’t it cabbage head.
I’ll be honest and up front with you Princess.
I’m tiring of your needy attention getting tactics and your childish boorish behavior and your 5th grade English level.
3rd grade. C- level 3rd grade. If only there was math on this site. We’d see what an idiot he really is.