Old School Rivals: Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears – A real reason why the NFL exists.

Posted: January 17, 2011 in Sports
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Packer fans stand up!

Bears Fans Scream Bear Down!

No matter which team you root for, this old school rivalry is one of the best that the sports has to offer. You may have heard of the Yankees vs Red Sox. The LA Lakers vs The Boston Celtics (ala Bird vs Magic) , Or Team USA vs Team Canada in hockey. But this Sunday, for the 182nd time, these two old school teams, the Packers and the Bears will fight once more, this time it’s for the NFC Championship. The last time this happened, it was in 1941 when the Bears won 33-14. Think about it. 1941. None of us in our thirties, 20’s, forties weren’t even around when that happened. No Facebook. No WordPress. No Blogging. None! Players like Walter Payton (whom of all of Chicago Bears I do respect), The Fridge, Brian Urlacher, Reggie White, Dick Butkus, Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, Jim McMahon and others weren’t even thought about.

Now, it’s 70 years later, and the same teams will be duking it out again!

Some of my best Packers/Bears moments were majority sided with the Green/Gold:

1994: Halloween Night when the Packers beat the Bears 33-6, when the NFL was going old school with the jerseys.
2007: 37-3 – the score that the Packers beat the Bears that year, even though it a 6-10 season.
2002: 34-21 – Packers won against the Bears outside of Solider Field.
1999: 35-19 – My 23rd Birthday when the Packers beat the Bears IN Chicago. This was also the same year when Walter Payton died, and the Bears won in Green Bay earlier in the season.
2011: 10-3 – A game that was a must win for the Packers to get into the NFL Playoffs at Lambeau Field. Which made the series 1-1.

Now, I’m going to make a bold prediction. Both defenses will be on deck for this. Both offenses will on deck and we all know Devin Hester. But for Green Bay to WIN in Chicago, against the Bears, I think the Packers on offense will have to blindside the defense. No question, the Chicago Defense is good. They blitz with that Tampa 2. And they are very good by stripping or poking the ball out of the offense. The basics of holding and locking the ball for the Packers will be key and also making the defense look weak and tired. Including getting the ball to Wide Receivers and/Running Backs when the defense is caught off guard for points. In the game against Atlanta, when John Kuhn scored the touchdown, they used a play called the “Elephant Package” with B.J. Raji on offense. They haven’t done this in a while and probably do so in this NFC Championship Game. On Defense, the Packers are good with Blitzes as well. And key players I think will make a big difference against the Chicago Offense, will come to Clay Mathews, Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, and maybe……NICK COLLINS! I’m thinking Nick Collins will have his revenge in Solider Field after an racial altercation against some rude fans of the Bears. For Nick Collins, he needs to just play his game. Don’t worry about the fans booing his name or whatever. Here’s an example. If Jay Cutler throws a pass to let’s say – Johnny Knox. And out of nowhere, Nick Collins comes up with an interception and runs it in for a touchdown, that might be a game changer for him. Or if a gang tackling move on Chester Taylor from the Packers linebackers would cause problems if the ball gets stripped out by A.J. Hawk and laterals to Nick Collins for a Touchdown. And if Tramon Williams runs a marathon interception or a “Devin Hester-isque” Touchdown run, the Packers would have a momentum change to gain the win and/or points lead.

If the Packers survive the Solider Field madness, with the George Halas Trophy, that on paper might rub the Bears even more openly on the Old School Rivalry. (And it would be same if the Bears win) And I also think the score would be close. The last two games were decided by 3 points and by a touchdown. So for this, I think it will end by least by a touchdown by giving the Packers a punched ticked to the Superbowl. Technically, I think Aaron Rodgers will be revived again for this upgraded-Old School Rival game. He has too. But hey, it will be great game for the two oldest teams that started the NFL. This game I think hasn’t got the attention of the other contests, (or fans) but now, after all this Bears-Packers stuff being talked about, it will be a hot ticket just to get to see another historic game.

  1. Chris Ross says:

    Now that’s blogging, love the concept of the post. Honestly, I am a little surprised that the Bears have been able to do what they have done this year. Their coach has been on the hot seat (well not anymore) and their quarterback has also been under fire. However, they have responded well, with the improving O-Line and have a chance at the Super Bowl oddly enough. They gotta thank the Broncos too for the blessing that is Jay Cutler cuz he has played very well at the right times this year. Gonna be a good matchup on Sunday vs. the Pack and Aaron Rodgers. Really excited to see it. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you think. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/one-bronco%E2%80%99s-garbage-is-another-bear%E2%80%99s-treasure/

  2. smcclintonjr says:

    Thanks for the reply and reading the blog.

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