NFL Sunday Week 17 : Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers Prediction and Analysis

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January 2, 2021 3:06 am

We don’t want to hype things up for no reason but we believe that Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears game will be the tie of the weekend. Both teams have a rich history of rivalry between them and will be gunning for a win when they meet on Sunday.

The Packers are in line to bag the number one seed in the NFC if they beat the Bears and Seattle Seahawks lose to the San Francisco 49ers. On the other hand, the Bears need a win on Sunday or they need the Los Angeles Rams to beat Arizona Cardinals to make the knockout stages. Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 17 Game Day predictions.

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Chicago Bears enter do-or-die match up against rivals

It all comes down to this game for Matty Nagy and the Chicago Bears. They will need their backup QB Mitchell Trubisky to step up and lead by example in what is a must-win encounter for the Bears in Week 17. Super Bowl-winning QB Nick Foles is most likely to serve as backup as the Bears up against their eternal rivals knowing a win will more or less confirm their spot in the post-season.

Trubisky has inspired his team to a three-game winning streak at the moment and will look to extend that to four on Sunday. But coach Nagy will know that the likes of Khalil Mack and Co. will play a big role. The Bears defense will need to be absolutely flawless to stop the rampant Packers attack led by the effervescent Aaron Rodgers.

Aaron Rodgers-led Green Bay Packers aim for number 1 seed

One thing that we’ve learned this year is to never double-guess Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The 37-year old veteran is leading the race to win his third NFL MVP award after some eye-catching performances over the last four months. A win against the Bears in Week 17 will guarantee the Packers top seed in the NFC.

WR Davante Adams and RB Aaron Jones will be key for Rodgers on Sunday. But of course, the Packers will miss the presence of T David Bakhtiari who suffered a knee injury in practice. But coach Matt LaFleur will use the players at his disposal to fill the void and solidify Rodgers’ position in the pocket.

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NFL Preview: Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers Team Updates

Chicago – Out

CB Jaylon Johnson – Shoulder

CB Buster Skrine – Concussion

Questionable

TE Cole Kmet – Shoulder

WR Cordarrelle Patterson – Knee

S Deon Bush – Foot

S Tashaun Gipson Sr. – Neck

TE Demetrius Harris – Foot

Green Bay – Out

T David Bakhtiari – Knee

DL Kingsley Keke – Concussion

Questionable

G Simon Stepaniak – Knee

Bears vs Packers Prediction

Chicago Bears 23 – 37 Green Bay Packers

Dec 13, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan (85) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the long-term absence of David Bakhtiari, we reckon the Packers will do the double over the Bears in 2020. Sparks will be flying on Sunday at Soldier Field as the home team continue to push hard for a playoff spot. But Rodgers and Co. will not go easy on their arch-rivals as they aim to continue their winning run to end the regular season on a high.

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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