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On Sunday, two of the top five defenses will square off and could easily be the difference maker in the game. The Packers bring in the third ranked defense, while the Bears feature the fourth ranked defense.
The Packers have played solid on the defensive side of the ball all season long by disrupting opposing quarterbacks and forcing havoc on them. Using Charles Woodson as a primary blitz corner has given Truman Williams the chance to step up. He’s answered that call plus a little more. Williams has been tremendous for the Packers this season, and has continued that play in the playoffs, where it counts.
Featuring play makers like Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson, BJ Raji, and Williams the Packers can change the game with their defense at any time.
The Bears look like they have returned to Super Bowl form on the defensive side of the ball for the first time since the 2006 season. Getting a healthy Brian Urlacher for the season has helped them return to form.
The addition of Julius Peppers has been everything the Bears have asked for, even if the numbers aren’t great. Peppers creates double teams on the offensive line which frees up another teammate. If Peppers dominates on the line of scrimmage, it could cause confusion for the Packers, and an untimely and bad day for Aaron Rodgers.
Chicago ranks first overall in the NFL in run defense, allowing a stifling 34.0 yards per game on the ground. Chicago has built themselves around stopping the run, and limiting the pass.
Both defenses will need to step up big if their team wants to win on Sunday. Holding the opposing offense and giving their offense good field position could be a major factor in the game.