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Predictions & Projections
David Dorey
The Huddle
~ 2007 ~
Season Ticket
Sunday Late

Prediction: GBP 24, CHI 13

The Packers draw to a 12-2 tie with the Cowboys who hold the head-to-head tie breaker. The Packers need to keep winning and hope that Dallas drops one of their remaining game and Favre gets a cold championship in Green Bay this year. The Bears fell to 5-9 with their third consecutive loss and join the lengthy list of Super Bowl attendees that follow up a conference championship with a losing season. As an added element to this game, the Bears won 27-20 in Green Bay this year during week four. It was the only home loss for the Packers.

Green Bay Packers (12-2)
Homefield: Lambeau Field
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 PHI 16-13 +3 43.5
2 @NYG 35-13 +2.5 38.5
3 SD 31-24 +5 43
4 @MIN 23-16 -1 38
5 CHI 20-27 -3 41
6 WAS 17-14 -3 40.5
7 BYE - - -
8 @DEN 19-13 +3 44
9 @KC 33-22 +2.5 38.5
10 MIN 34-0 -6.5 40.5
11 CAR 31-17 -10 37.5
12 @DET 37-26 -3.5 48
13 @DAL 27-37 +6.5 52
14 OAK 38-7 -10.5 42
15 @STL 33-14 -9.5 44
16 @CHI   -8 40
17 DET 30-Dec SUN 1:00 PM
GBP at CHI Rush Catch Pass
QB Brett Favre     250,2
RB Ryan Grant 100,1 10  
TE Donald Lee   30,1  
WR Donald Driver   60  
WR Greg Jennings   80,1  
WR James Jones   40  
PK Mason Crosby 1 FG 3 XP  
Pregame Notes: The Packer offense did their stumbling early in the season and have been cranking out the yards and scores since mid-season. Favre has already set all the records and the Packers have discovered that they had a good running back all along. This week is a chance to get even for the week five loss

Quarterback: Brett Favre overtook Dan Marino for the career passing yard record and now all that is left is to go for another Super Bowl win so Favre can pull another Elway and leave on a high note. This was not possible in the last several years but now could happen. Favre has been passing for two or more scores in his last seven full games and he passed for 322 yards and one score against the visiting Bears this year. That was one of only three games where he failed to pass for multiple scores.

Running Backs: Ryan Grant only rushed for 55 yards on 18 carries in St. Louis but he still scored once. He has scored in each of the last four games and is only 228 yards shy of a 1000 yard rushing season despite never playing until week eight. By now Vernand Morency is a just a third down back with a couple of catches per week and three of the last four games he did not have a carry. This is all about Ryan Grant now and he is responding well.

The Packers rushed for 121 yards in the first meeting with the Bears using DeShawn Wynn and Vernand Morency.

Wide Receivers: The amazing part about Greg Jennings having 12 touchdowns this year is that he still gets wide open. He has scored in all but two games played this year including double scores twice and yet secondaries are burned by him every week. His yardage may be as low as 60 but he always scores. Jennings caught four passes for 83 yards and a score in the first game with the Bears. Driver was held to 51 yards on four receptions.

Tight Ends: Donald Lee has dropped off in yardage lately but he has scored in each of the last two games. Lee only produced three catches for 23 yards versus the Bears this season.

Match Against the Defense: There is a chance of snow this week but that would only help the Packers even more. The bears rushing defense has fallen on hard times this year and Ryan Grant is on a roll. And unlike teams like the Vikings last week, it would be suicide to concentrate on stopping the run against Brett Favre and the Packers. Expect a nice game here by Grant.

Favre goes against a well know opponent but he has had success in Chicago before like 285 yards and a score last year when the two teams were much different. Look for two scores here and decent yardage with the weather a potential factor. No reason to not expect Jennings to score on some pass that he should not be that open on and Lee is a good bet on the second touchdown.

Gaining Fantasy Points GB 3 19 4 10 1 5
Preventing Fantasy Points CHI 10 30 14 23 18 26


Chicago Bears (5-9)
Homefield: Soldier Field
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 @SD 3-14 +5.5 42.5
2 KC 20-10 -12 34.5
3 DAL 10-34 -3 41
4 @DET 27-37 -2.5 46
5 @GB 27-20 +3 41
6 MIN 31-34 -5 35.5
7 @PHI 19-16 +4.5 40.5
8 DET 7-16 -5 44
9 BYE - - -
10 @OAK 17-6 -3 38.5
11 @SEA 23-30 +5.5 37.5
12 DEN 37-34 -2.5 41
13 NYG 16-21 +1.5 43
14 @WAS 16-24 +3 37.5
15 @MIN 13-20 +9.5 43.5
16 GB   +8 40
17 NO 30-Dec SUN 1:00 PM
CHI vs GB Rush Catch Pass
QB Kyle Orton     170,1
RB Adrian Peterson 30 40  
TE Greg Olsen   30,1  
WR Bernard Berrian   60  
WR Muhsin Muhammad   20  
WR Devin Hester   20  
PK Robbie Gould 2 FG 1 XP  

Pregame Notes: The three game losing streak has put a knife into the heart of the Bears season. The offense has been on a slide for weeks now and Kyle Orton has been named the starter for the final two games. There's very little working on this offense anymore and the defense has been struggling for nearly the entire season. The final two games are at home but facing the division leading Packers who need a win is not likely to turn this sinking ship around.

Quarterback: Kyle Orton was given the start last week and evidently the Bears were impressed with his 184 yards and no scores with one interception because he stays under center until the season mercifully ends. Chances are that the Bears are just going through every quarterback on the roster so that they are confident in the offseason when they can the bunch and start over.

Griese passed for 214 yards and two scores in Green Bay this year.

Running Backs: Adrian Peterson has been the starter for two games and the results are not changing. After gaining 67 yards on 22 carries against the Giants, he only managed 35 yards on 17 carries in Washington and only 26 yards on nine carries versus the Vikings. He had seven catches in week 13 and eight receptions just last week for 51 yards. He doesn't score and he doesn't rush well, but he's been a decent fill-in for leagues with reception points.

Garrett Wolfe was planned for more involvement but that never happened with only three rushes for five yards and two catches for ten last week. The rushing game here was bad with Benson and no better after he left.

Benson only gained 64 yards on 27 carries but scored once against the Packers.

Wide Receivers: Bernard Berrian had seven catches for 91 yards and a score in Chicago but once Orton was added to the mix as the starter, he only caught two passes for 23 yards against the usually poor secondary of the Vikings. Muhsin Muhammad was the most productive wideout last week with only 30 yards on two catches. The switch to Orton only served to depress an already bad situation for the wideouts. About all the switch to Orton has done is to improve the draft slot in April.

No wideout had more than one catch for 17 yards in the first meeting with the Packers.

Tight Ends: The move to Orton had the same effect here. Greg Olson dropped to only two catches for 18 yards because all Orton was able to do is to throw the ball to Adrian Peterson behind the line of scrimmage.

Greg Olsen caught four passes for 57 yards and a score while Desmond Clark had three receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown as well. Griese was far more successful with the tight ends than the wideouts in that game.

Match Against the Defense: Hard to see where the Bears are going to have success this week against a motivated Packers offense unless Devin Hester can return a couple of kicks for a score. Peterson is going against a very good rushing defense that has only allowed four rushing scores by a running back this year. Expect more minimal rushing by Peterson but he should end up with a nice total of catches if Garrett Wolfe remains uninvolved.

Orton goes against a secondary that can be beaten for a score but Orton has done nothing in his one start to suggest that is going to happen. The Vikes last week were a much worse secondary and he still could not score. I am projecting for one score here that strongly should favor Olsen but there is little confidence in it. There is no player in the Bears offense worthy of a fantasy start other than Peterson as an absolute last option running back if you get reception points.

Gaining Fantasy Points CHI 18 28 21 8 7 6
Preventing Fantasy Points GB 18 13 5 30 9 2

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