It’s only been one week in the 2012 NFL season and we’ve already got an interesting situation shaping up in the NFC North. As you probably know, the Chicago Bears got off to a pretty good start with a convincing win over the Colts at home. The Green Bay Packers on the other hand, received somewhat of a shock by taking a loss to the San Francisco 49ers in their season and home opener in Lambeau.
So now the Bears will be heading to Green Bay to take on the Packers in a fairly important NFC North matchup occurring very early in the season. Conceptually, the Chicago Bears could take a big lead in the division early on and create a catchup situation for the Packers as the season progresses.
The deal is, I’m thinking that the Chicago Bears have a legitimate shot at winning this game. This is a different team when Jay Cutler is under center. he’s got enough weapons in his passing game with Brandon Marshall added to the roster and with Matt Forte on the ground, Chicago can pick and choose which poison they’re going to serve.
The Packers on the other hand, just couldn’t get anything going on the ground against the 49ers. It remains to be seen whether that’s a problem that’s going to be endemic or whether San Francisco just blew things up.
In any case, this is as good a chance as Chicago is going to get to establish some breathing room between them and the favored Green Bay Packers, which makes this as must see as any early NFL game can be.