By Austin Payne
Well Bears fans…you tried. In an effort to uproot the Rams for that wildcard spot and finally turn themselves into an above five hundred team, the Bears again failed to beat the division kings and that bad old man in Aaron Rodgers.
In what was actually a “decent” game for Trubisky statistically, the Bears offense as a whole struggled against Green Bay’s defense. (teamrankings.com) Though Mitch threw for over three hundred yards, this is mainly due to the fact that he was forced to throw the ball a whopping 53 times. Let’s follow the causation train here, why’d they do that? Well, the ground game was absolutely dismal, with Montgomery managing only 39 yards on 2.8 yards per attempt against a stout run defense. This, combined with playing from behind the entire game, leads you to go for chunk plays and abandon the run. (See Stats)
Chicago again shows us that they are not quite ready for prime time despite how good their defense may be, or how good Mitchell Trubisky should be, neither appear to ever fulfill their full potential when it matters most. Juxtaposing them with the Packers, though they’ve been kind of…boring this season, they’ve just done what needed to be done, win.
Aaron Rodgers isn’t having his classical MVP season, but he’s just having a solid all around year. Considering he is getting up in age, acquiring a new coach, and honestly, a lack of offensive weapons outside of maybe Davante Adams, the Packers have all the excuses they need to just be “good enough” but the problem is, is that enough come playoff time?
While likely to win the division, Minnesota is right behind them and does play the Pack next week. Aside from this, the Saints could easily obtain a better record than them and knock them out of a potential first round bye again. There’s a lot of averageness about this team, despite having one of the best of all time under center and a very good defense, it just feels like they haven’t quite turned it on yet. (Playoff Picture)
Both of these teams could potentially end up playing one another in the playoffs, if some things go Chicago’s way that is. Considering the Ram’s odd loss to the Cowboys today, there’s still a slight chance the Bears could will themselves into the last spot in the NFC wildcard race. If that happens, and they do end up facing off, i would have no concerns about the Packers ability to handle their known division rival in a first or second round matchup. It’s when Green Bag has to play someone like San Fran that i would be concerned.
To be clear, we should expect neither of these teams to make the super bowl, and we probably shouldn’t even expect the Bears to be in the dance at all. This isn’t to say the Packers don’t have a shot at it, because ah, Aaron Rodgers, but it seems unlikely at this point considering the play of Seattle, San Francisco, and likely New Orleans.
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I can’t finish an article without including an existential or bigger picture question, so how much longer does Green Bay really have with A Rod? He’s 36…been injury prone lately, the offense lacks a bit of direction at the moment…just ponder that one, if you get bored with the current season.