Going into week one of the NFL season, my favorite matchup on the schedule was the Sunday night game between the Bears and Packers. The same held true after the games were played as well. Although there were a few games that were really entertaining, this one turned out exactly as I thought it would.
The Bears-Packers rivalry is probably the longest standing rivalry in the NFL today, and these teams always step it up when they face eachother. Especially now, when both teams have the fortune of having two of the best young QBs in the league, this game is even better. Both teams are expected to have winning records by the end of the season, and the games against eachother can be the deciding factor in whether or not one team makes the playoffs or not.
When I examined the game earlier this week, I thought both teams were very evenly matched with strong defenses and effective offenses. The only big difference that I could find came from a biased fantasy football perspective. Last year I had Jay Cutler on my fantasy team, and he started out the season hot. As the season went on, his numbers dropped off considerably, and he actually cost me a spot in the championship. Because of that, I have the viewpoint that Jay Cutler comes up short in the big spot. On the contrary, this season I drafted Aaron Rodgers relatively high for my fantasy squad. Since I was hopeful and confident that Rodgers would have a very productive season for my team, I considered him to be a clutch QB (just based on hope and expectations, not substantial evidence).
Since I felt that Rodgers was clutch and Cutler was a choke, I predicted that it would either be a close game in which Rodgers would make a big play to help his team win, or it would be a close game in which Cutler would make a big play that would cause his team to lose. The funny thing is, both of these circumstances occurred during this game. After struggling for most of the game, Rodgers led the Pack on a game-winning drive when he threw a TD to speed reciever Greg Jennings. On the other hand, following the Packers go-ahead touchdown, Cutler threw a game-ending interception to Al Harris to close the game on the Bears.
Because of the excitement and battling that occurred throughout this game, many people learned a lot about the makeup of these two football teams. What this game taught me, though, is that fantasy football is a lot closer to reality than most people realize.
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