2011 Playoffs: Five Reasons Aaron Rodger's Packers Will Beat Jay Cutler's Bears

Michael VernonContributor IJanuary 16, 2011

2011 Playoffs: Five Reasons Aaron Rodger's Packers Will Beat Jay Cutler's Bears

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    ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 15:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after he threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to James Jones #89 against the Atlanta Falcons during their 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Georgia Dome on January 15, 2011 in Atlant
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    Next weekend the Packers and Bears will face off in the NFC Championship Game.

    This past weekend, The Packers went into Atlanta and dismantled the Falcons, while the Bears over powered the Seahawks in a snowy route.

    Green Bay will be traveling to Chicago, and here's five reasons why the Packers will come out on top in the windy city.

1. The Bear's Pass Defense

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 16:  Wide receiver Mike Williams #17 of the Seattle Seahawks catches a two-yard touchdown against Danieal Manning #38 of the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter of the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Soldier Field on January 16,
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    The Bears, who are normally known for their defense, have struggled all year against the pass.

    Throughout the regular season, the Bears pass defense ranked 20th in the NFL, allowing 224.2 yards per game. Sorry, but 20th is not quite going to cut it against the Packers.

2. The Packer's Passing Offense

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    ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 15:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass against the Atlanta Falcons during their 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Georgia Dome on January 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Packers won 48-21. (Photo by Chris G
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    Aaron Rodgers has led the Packer's Offense this year. His passer rating this season was an incredible 101.2. Rodgers has thrown for 28 touchdowns, while only tossing up 11 interceptions.

    The Packers have the fifth ranked pass offense in the NFL, averaging 257.8 yards per game.

The Bears Offense

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    CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 26: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears reacts on the sidelines after throwing an interception for a touchdown against the New York Jets at Soldier Field on December 26, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Jets 38-34. (
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    Unlike other seasons, the Bears do not have a defense that can bail out a poor offense.

    The Bears are rank 30th in yards per game this season. They average 20.9 points a game, along with 188.4 passing yards per game. The Bears have been winning, but it has not been because of their offense. They are going to have to step up their season averages if they want a chance to take down the Packers.

The Weather Advantage

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    GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 20:  A snow sculpture for the Green Bay Packers is seen outside of Lambeau Field before the NFC championship game against the New York Giants on January 20, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Get
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    If there is any team more equipped than the Bears to play in snowy, frigid conditions, it's the Packers.

    Typically in the post season, Chicago can use the cold weather to their advantage when playing at home. It worked against the Seahawks, it will not work against the Packers.

5. Jay Cutler

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 16:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears smiles late in the second half against the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Soldier Field on January 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Da
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    Jay Cutler has had a decent season with a passer rating of 86.3. Cutler has thrown for a modest 23 touchdowns while throwing 16 interceptions.

    Cutler has also been below average against the Packers this year. In the Bears and Packers first meeting, he had a QB rating of 82.5 in a three point win over Green Bay. In week 17 the teams squared off again, and Chicago could only manage to score three points. Cutler threw two picks in that game, and had a quarterback rating of 43.5.

    Cutler is going to have to play well above his season averages if the Bears are going to take the Packers down in Chicago.