Final Score Prediction: 27-20, Green Bay
In a rematch of one of last year's NFC semifinal games, the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers head to Chicago to take on the Bears.
This game is not only important for the Bears because of redemption, but it also has inner-conference implications on the line. Both the Bears and the Packers are fighting to get back of the playoffs, and the easiest way of getting there will be to win the NFC North.
Green Bay is currently 2-0, while Chicago is 1-1 after losing to New Orleans in Week 2. If Chicago wins, they will likely take over as No. 2 in the NFC North behind the Detroit Lions, who travel to Minnesota this weekend to take on the Vikings.
There will be a few things to watch in this game, starting with the Bears' defense. Normally one of the best defenses in the NFL, the Bears are off to a rough start this season after facing two good offenses with the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1 and the Saints in Week 2. They are currently allowing 270 passing yards per game and 114 rushing yards per game.
Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers should be able to throw against the Bears without a problem, but they really need to get RB James Starks going in this game. Playing in Chicago, the Bears are going to be pumped, the fans are going to be crazy and the Bears' defense is going to play better than they have so far.
In order for the Bears to have a chance, and I do think they will, QB Jay Cutler has to play well, and they have to get some production out of somebody other than Matt Forte.
Forte has been Cutler's go-to receiver in the first two weeks, catching 15 passes already for 207 yards and one touchdown. Forte has also rushed 26 times for 117 yards, but he has zero rushing touchdowns.
Cutler is going to have to play better than his Week 2 performance in New Orleans, where he completed just 19 of his 45 pass attempts.
This will be a competitive game, and it will likely be won in the fourth quarter.