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Mild temperatures and reasonable winds are forecast thus far; hopefully it stays that way (seeing a punt make a left turn is funny, a few times; I'm over it).
The first go 'round in Green Bay didn't have much offense happening at all. Here's the first half:
Two long Green Bay drives led to a field goal (back when Packer fans felt good about them) and the 4th and 26 Masthay shovel pass to Crabtree. The interception by Williams led to the final score of the half, another field goal as time expired. If you want my game chart, let me know.Code:Start Began Plays Yards Result GB 1Q 14:56 GB 17 3 9 Punt CHI 1Q 13:37 CHI 18 3 -1 Punt GB 1Q 11:26 GB 29 6 22 Punt CHI 1Q 07:57 CHI 17 3 1 Punt GB 1Q 06:31 GB 34 5 9 Punt CHI 1Q 04:32 CHI 44 3 -5 Punt GB 1Q 02:35 GB 21 10 50 FG CHI 2Q 12:50 CHI 37 8 10 Punt GB 2Q 07:54 GB 20 12 80 TD CHI 2Q 01:50 CHI 20 4 17 Int GB 2Q 01:07 CHI 48 6 31 Half/FG
Unfortunately, my favorite Bear (I certainly can't say that on Packer forums) isn't going to play. Brian Urlacher (he plays the middle like he's still a hybrid LB/Safety in college) won't play and may be done in Chicago. Urlacher and Greg Jennings did a great intro to the conference championship game a couple years ago. If you enjoy the history of the Bears/Packers rivalry, this is pretty neat.
Paea, Melton and McClellin are all battling injury issues. Peppers is worn down a bit and all the missing pieces around him haven't made it any easier but he'll be ready for this game. Tim Jennings is also banged up and may not make it.
Hester isn't getting all the kickoffs any longer. I'm not sure what to make of that, it might be part of the ongoing to effort to make Hester a WR. Speaking of special teams, Gould was placed on IR this week and replaced by Olindo Mare.
While on the topic of special teams, Masthay has 13 punts inside the 10, only 5 touchbacks and 104 return yards counted against him this year. I can think of years past where 104 yards in a game was 'better than last week'.
Wilson and Nelson are very unlikely to play and Woodson is out.
Michael Bush has bad ribs and is iffy for Sunday.
Marshall vs Williams and Jeffery vs Shields was going to be interesting even before Marshall brought his sad little christmas tree to a press conference on Wednesday and started whining. It's unlikely that Marshall will not see a lot of help for Williams over the top. Such is life.
Then Jermichael Finley had to try to be nice and managed to say something dumb. Finley should print up business cards with the slogan 'No Comment' and hand them out when asked questions.
It's Bear week, always a fun week for Packer fans. Enjoy the game!