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Over the past decade the best rivalry in football has turned into a one-sided affair. Green Bay has won 18 of 20 games, including seven straight meetings. For Thomas Ginter the first thing Lovie Smith has to do is beat Green Bay.

We've been talking about how Brett Favre can't last forever. Well I'm here to say why should the Bears wait for him to retire to turn things around against the Packers. Now that Green Bay has traded for Tim Couch they have a backup plan when and if Favre does leave the game.

When Lovie Smith took the Bears job he talked about his goals and right at the top is to beat the Packers. That sounded great to starving Bear fans, but it's another thing to do, as Dick Jauron found out only winning twice in five years.

Ahman Green is a great running back, however a revitalized front four should boost the Bears rush defense.

Defensively the Packers have lost some key figures. Defensive linemen Gilbert Brown and Joe Johnson were released, while the team's top cornerback, Mike McKenzie, has been a malcontent and is threatening a holdout.

I went to a Cubs-Brewers game within the past few days and I'm sick of seeing the teams from up north beat Chicago. Despite the fact that the Cubs are the superior team the Brewers took the opening two games of the series. I realize baseball is a different sport, but the same concept applies. The Bears are a team on the rise and the Packers are the defending champs, so why not go after the "big dog" on the block and take back the division.

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