Jim Dabrowski

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Packers @ Bears Week 1 Game Prediction

I don’t really like doing game prediction posts because usually I don’t have any significant thoughts about what will happen. This time, however I do have some things to say and it’s not good.

Let me start with what I want to happen. I want to see Justin Fields sling the ball all over the field to his superstar receiver. I want to see him run the Packers ragged trying to stop him. I want to be saying, “Wow, the offensive and defensive lines might just be good this season.” Unfortunately, I don’t think any of that will actually happen.

Last season the Bears run defense was one of if not the worst in the entire NFL. All off-season I heard again and again that they haven’t done enough to address the line and that they’re going to be bad on run defense again this season. The Packers have one of if not the best offensive lines in the NFL. The Packers have one of if not the best running back tandems in the NFL. The Packers have a QB who is effectively a rookie and an injured and inexperienced WR corps that doesn’t look all that good. What do you think the Packers are going to do? They’re going to run the ball right down the Bears throats all game long. They’ll be ripping off carries of five to seven yards every time. Then, when the Bears start to load the box with eight or nine guys to try to stop the run, we’ll find out Jordan Love actually can throw the ball pretty well. It’s not going to be pretty and by the end the defense will have been on the field for the majority of the game and won’t be able to stop anything.

The only positive in all this is hopefully Fields will have some success, but he’ll still likely be running for his life way too often due to an injured, inexperienced, ineffective line. Hopefully he’ll keep the game close, but won’t be on the field enough to make a difference. I just hope he doesn’t get injured in all this.

This game is going to leave Packers fans delirious with joy when Jordan Love says in his post-game press conference that they still own the Bears, while Bears fans will be shocked into silence wondering if they’re facing another 10-15 years of Packer dominance in what used to be a rivalry but has long since devolved into a regular ass-whooping of no importance.

Wow, that’s depressing. Sorry.