The most underwhelming Bears-Packers game in recent history trundles in, with both teams playing poorly and unattractively, and clashing with a Cubs League Championship game vs the Dodgers. A lot of key injuries, most notably both teams CBs (there’s a decent chance none of the top 5 Chicago CBs will be fit to play, and same for the top 3 GB CBs).
This could be the game to get Rodgers going (Bears secondary, past record), although it didn’t work out last time at Lambeau, and the running backs are knocked up - no Lacy or Starks, so they’re going with Knile Davis (arrived on Monday), Tye Montgomery (a WR), and some guy called Don Jackson from the practice squad. On Chicago’s side, they’re still missing the starting (at start of season): QB, RB, RG, C, WR2, NT, top 5 CBs, best 2 OLBs, and rookie first round OLB. Eddie Royal might also be out. In short, another ratings winner for prime time NFL.
On to more general things - we’re about a third the way through the regular season, any predictions on playoff teams? AFC seems wide open outside patriots, whilst NFC seems a little clearer - I’d probably go with the current top teams in each conference, plus runner up in the NFC East, plus… probably Arizona, though I don’t say that with much confidence. AFC south is a shitshow, but I think Osweiler is starting to get there. Maybe. I think the Steelers will be OK if Roethlisberger only misses 2 games (due to bye), but no idea if he misses 4-5. Can see both wild card teams coming out of the AFC West, but no idea who’ll top them.