You know you've moved on. You know you're smarter, more mature. But all of the sudden, there you are, caught in the same place you were in high school. The Bears forced the Packers to relive the worst parts of their 2009 season on Monday night.
Welcome to another edition of Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking a look at the next Packers opponent, the Chicago Bears (2-0). Before the season started, I’m not sure if there was a team I was less sure about. Could Cutler adapt to a new scheme? Could Peppers be the key defensive ingredient? Or are Lovie Smith and the Bears just clinging desperately to unrealistic hopes of mediocrity? Heading into a game that decides the early lead in the divisional race, I’m still not sure I have any answers. What I do know, however, is that this game is going to be explosive.
Welcome to another edition of Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking a look at the next Packers opponent, the Chicago Bears. To be honest with you, this game feels a little like a high school reunion. Back in W1, we both thought we were cool, we both had primetime QBs and in-your-face defenses, and so we talked big games. Now, meeting again after such a long time, the Packers have the hotter date and a brighter future, while the Bears are muttering under their breath about how unfair life is. I’m not saying this isn’t a tough game for the Packers – it’s never easy to go back to a reunion without slipping into old (bad) habits – I’m just saying that this game will show just how far the Packers have come since the beginning of the 2009 season.
There's only been one regular season game, and already, the rolls of players lost for the 2009 season are already filling up. We've been hearing all week that the marquee matchup between the Bears and Steelers is marred by significant injuries to All-Pro S Troy Polamalu (lost for 6 weeks) and LB Brian Urlacher (lost for season). The standard doomsday questions abound: are the Steelers in danger of losing their spot atop the AFC North? (If they are, it's not because of this.) Will this mean the Bears and Jay Cutler will run wild? (Highly unlikely.) With Urlacher out, are the Bears still Super Bowl contenders? (No, Peter King, but they never really were.) Will the Bears' misery ever end? (Oh, I hope not.)
Well, now there's news coming out of San Diego today that Chargers DT Jamal Williams has been placed on injured reserve with a triceps injury. Like the Packers, the Chargers run a 3-4 defensive scheme, and an injury to the big man in the middle is going to put the Chargers in an even tougher spot than they already were going into this week's game against the Baltimore Ravens.
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