Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers, 8:25p.m. EST
Let’s face it, a lot of Thursday games suck — but this one won’t. Also, what’s better than good football to celebrate one day between you and the weekend? That’s what I thought. Grab your favorite snack and beverage and catch this classic NFC North battle between the Packers and ItBears.
Keys to the Game
The Bears will want to focus on Green Bay’s receiving threats, Nelson and Cobb, and limit their damage. They made big upgrades to the middle of their linebacking corps in the offseason and it will pay dividends here, allowing them to dedicate more scheming against the passing game while the linebackers handle the run. If Jay Cutler can limit his turnovers and make just one big play or two, the Bears are going to have a shot.
Running the football against this reloaded Bears defense will be a challenge. The Pack will need to beef up their pass protection to give Rodgers enough time to find holes in the secondary — if they can’t, they’ll be in for a long Thursday night. Pressuring Cutler into bad throws will the key to getting the ball back into Rodgers’ hands as well.