MATCHUPS TO WATCH: BEARS OFFENSE VS. PACKERS DEFENSE
TE Greg Olsen vs. CB Charles Woodson: It seems a bit odd to see a tight end matched up with a cornerback, but since the Packers know Olsen is the only elite option in the Chicago passing game, they put their best defender on him back in the opener. Woodson will be in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year, and he's played everywhere from corner to safety to nickel to dime so far this season. The Bears have had a devil of a time getting the speedy Olsen open down the field, and it won't be any easier should he be matched up with Woodson.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: PACKERS OFFENSE VS. BEARS DEFENSE
WRs Donald Driver and Greg Jennings vs. FS Al Afalava: The Bears were playing almost a perfect game defensively against Green Bay in Week 1 before finally making a backbreaking mistake late in the fourth quarter, when Jennings darted open on a double move and hauled in a 50-yard touchdown strike that proved to be the winning margin. With Danieal Manning recently demoted to nickel back, Chicago's secondary does not feature a pure free safety since both Payne and Afalava are strong safety-types. While you can get away with that against the Rams and their pitiful passing game, that's quite a risk facing the likes of Driver and Jennings.
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John Crist: The Bears are out of the playoff hunt and have very little to play for the rest of the way, but the players in the locker room did everything in their power this week to convince the media that upsetting the hated Packers would help salvage a disappointing 2009. Nobody was necessarily talking up the idea of playing spoiler Sunday, although a Chicago win at Soldier Field would definitely damage Green Bay's postseason chances. Nevertheless, the Packers are simply a better football team right now on both sides of the ball. – PACKERS 27, BEARS 16.
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