The Sunday Morning Packers Gameday Preview

It's Bear Week! Are you ready for some Packer Football?!!! Join me for the Sunday Morning Packers Gameday preview where we will discuss all things Packers! The Bears Still Suck!

Good Morning Packer Nation!!! Welcome to The Sunday Morning Packers Gameday Preview!  This week, is Bear week, and the Green Bay Packers will be heading home to take on their division foe on Sunday Night Football.  This rivalry has had many memorable moments on Sunday Night Football, most recently, when Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a comeback victory from a double digit fourth quarter deficit on a broken leg.    

Will the Packers and Bears play another memorable Sunday Night primetime game?  Will the legend of Aaron Rodgers continue to grow?  Will the Packers rebound from their rough loss last Sunday against the Colts?  I will have the answers to those questions and more in this week’s Sunday Morning Packers Gameday Preview.  I am happy to have you with me here today for the next chapter in this historic rivalry; so just sit back, relax, and enjoy this morning’s Packers Gameday preview with your morning cup of Joe or drink of choice.

What to Expect Against the Bears in Week 12?

Believe it or not, I was actually encouraged by last week’s performance.  I know the game ended with bitter disappointment and a blown two touchdown lead but the Packers put up 31 points on the league’s best defense and the Packer defense forced some key sacks and turnovers.  This team showed us that they can go out and defeat any team in the league.  The one big question that remains is whether the Packers can correct enough of their key areas of weakness to make a deep playoff run.

One way for the Packers to get back on track is to go out on Sunday Night and have their defense make some key sacks and force some key turnovers against Mitch Trubisky and the Bears offense.  The key to this happening will be to keep David Montgomery and Trubisky from making plays with their legs.  If the Packers can get out to a double-digit lead and contain the Bears ability to run the ball and complete short passing plays with opportunities for YAC they will make Trubisky one dimensional which will cause him to make poor decisions, poor throws, and force the ball down the field.  The more Trubisky forces the ball down the field the more the Packers will have a chance to turn him over and create extra possessions for Rodgers and the offense.

I think the Bears defense will keep it close as Khalil Mack always shows up big against the Packers in primetime games.  This is a rivalry game, and the Bears are going to come out and throw the kitchen sink at the Packers in hopes to secure a division win on the road and get themselves back in the playoff picture.  However, I think Rodgers and the offense will respond by continuing to put together successful drives and make big plays down field.  Eventually, I think the defense forces Trubisky into a couple of turnovers which will be the difference in the game.       

Three Burning Questions That Will Determine the Outcome of This Afternoon’s Game:

  1. Will Aaron Jones step up and be a much-needed difference maker for the Packers offense?
  2. As always, will Mike Pettine find a way to at least contain the Bears rushing attack? 
  3. Will the Packers defense force a couple of turnovers and win the turnover battle?

Sunday Afternoon Fantasy Football Picks (Always Start the Plug and Play Guys)

  • Allen Lazard- I think with after a week under his belt Lazard will be more comfortable and Rodgers will start to get him involved especially if MVS cannot suit up. 
  • Jimmy Graham- I think Graham will have a chip on his shoulders as he returns to Green Bay and with Jaire Alexander matching up with Allen Robinson Graham may see some third down and RedZone targets.  I like Jimmy Graham to have a few key grabs and a touchdown which could make him valuable in some daily fantasy situations.
  • Robert Tonyan- I think Tonyan could be the Packers a viable option for Rodgers as the Bears will be looking to shut down Davante Adams, Aaron Jones, and Allen Lazard.  I think Tonyan could see some targets on check downs, third downs, and RedZone situations.   

Picks, Parlays, and Game Props

  • Viable Anytime TD Scorer Options: Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, David Montgomery, Mitch Trubisky, Jimmy Graham, Bob Tonyan, Aaron Jones, and Allen Robinson. 
  • Anytime TD Scorer Parlay: Davante Adams, Mitch Trubisky, Allen Lazard, and Jimmy Graham (+18847) 
  • Viable Game Parlay: Chicago (+7.5 and over 52.5 points) (+650)
  • Two Touchdown Scorer: Davante Adams (+380) 
  • Game Pick: I think the Packers force a couple of turnovers which swings the momentum of the game in their favor.  I think Davante Adams has a big game and the Packers win 31-24 *(updated from my earlier pick).   

Packer fans, I want to hear from you!  Let me know your thoughts on this game against the Bears.  How do you see it playing out? Did you hit on any fantasy or game/parlay picks from the last few weeks?  What are your picks for this week?

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David Michalski is a staff writer for Cheesehead TV. He can be found on Twitter @kilbas27dave 

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stockholder's picture

November 29, 2020 at 06:41 am

GONE: Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn, WITH A BIG Win: Bears Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace Will be Next! Go Pack!

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HighPlainsDrifter's picture

November 29, 2020 at 06:58 am

Thanks for great information David. Always look forward to your article to start game day.

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Savage57's picture

November 29, 2020 at 07:18 am

Nice article, and some really good points/observations/ideas, but a suggestion?

You used the preposition phrase "I think" nine times in this article. Since it's an opinion piece, that you think these things is a given, and are assumed to be your original thoughts by the reader without need of further mention.

I went back and re-read the article without the "I thinks", and it just flows better. It's a habit we all can fall into.

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Johnblood27's picture

November 29, 2020 at 08:33 am

Savage, a reasonable observation and well written in addressing the author.

I applaud your tact and observations.

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Qoojo's picture

November 29, 2020 at 10:55 am

I think "In my opinion" frequently falls under the same umbrella

;)

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November 29, 2020 at 10:28 am

I know you’re waiting for it, so here’s what I see happening tonight. Packers win 45-44. Trubisky goes off earning him a new 4-year $125 million fully guaranteed contract inked during the Bears trip home. MLF is displeased again with the defense’s inability to stop even the lamest of all QBs and fires Pettine. The D responds by holding all future teams scoreless on the march to the Super Bowl. Bears go 0-16 for each of the next 4 years.

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Qoojo's picture

November 29, 2020 at 04:12 pm

I don't see much of a difference between Jimmy Graham with or without a chip on his shoulder. If they don't cover him, which is a possibility with this defense, then he could hurt them. You know it's coming, so watch if P. Smith can cover him.

If the bears offense can move the ball on the packers defense, it will be pretty sad and telling.

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November 29, 2020 at 11:04 am

I am hoping to see improvement from the special teams. Tavon Austin will be better than Darrius Shepard returning kickoffs, but that might have to wait until next week. In the meantime put somebody else back there. Darrius is a turnover waiting to happen. Wasting a draft pick on JK Scott seems so foolish in hindsight. He has been nothing but mediocre. There are probably better punters we can get off the street. I just hate to see us lose games because of the constant ineptitude of special teams. It cost us a trip to the Superbowl in 2014 and may cost us in the playoffs this year. It's neglected almost as much as the MLB position.

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November 29, 2020 at 11:46 am

"The key to this happening will be to keep David Montgomery and Trubisky from making plays with their legs."

I think that the Bears have telegraphed what their game plan is.
Nagy: "We are going to run it every opportunity we get when Mike Pettine puts a Dime formation in front of us"

I wonder how Mike responds to this. I think that this game will define his future at Green Bay.

If it was me, I'd trust our secondary (man coverage, not zone) and put the extra man in the box, especially early where I'd try and get Trubisky spooked as early in the game as possible.

Expect that Trubisky WILL make one or 2 big yardage throws..... but he's also going to risk being picked for that privilege (or pancaked).

In short, Mike, do the opposite of what you've done predictably for the the past 2 years, you might surprise yourself.

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November 29, 2020 at 04:42 pm

Stop the run, play two ILBs, crash the gaps and see if they can blow it up. Martin can create havoc.

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Lare's picture

November 29, 2020 at 01:02 pm

IMO, this game comes down to how the Packers offense plays. We know their run defense and special teams are well below average, so the offense needs to score around 40 points to win.

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November 29, 2020 at 02:28 pm

I expect JK Scott to be a weapon for the Bears, short fields every punt.

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November 29, 2020 at 04:53 pm

You do realize he’s playing hurt, don’t you?

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Leatherhead's picture

November 29, 2020 at 04:54 pm

You do realize he’s playing hurt, don’t you?

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Cheesedogg's picture

November 29, 2020 at 03:57 pm

Please can I see some no huddle? AR was the master at it. Now even if we use it inside 2 minutes, he still runs the clock down.
Please don’t run the receiver screen.
On defense I agree with a previous post, Man up in coverage. Stack the box.
Or just do whatever.

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November 29, 2020 at 04:42 pm

Bingo.

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