For those of you still engaged in intense championship games this week, here is some advice on who to start and who to sit. This Week 17 matchup means everything to the Packers, and very little for the Bears. The Packers must win to get in to the playoffs; the Bears have already locked up a first-round bye and hold a very slim chance to get the one seed in the NFC. The rivalry between the Bears and Packers, as always, remains heated, with the Packers looking to avenge their early season loss and lock up a playoff spot. Lovie Smith has said that his starters will play, and they fully intend to beat their rivals and keep them out of the playoffs. Ultimately, be very careful starting any Bears players as they will likely only start the game and leave later in the game.â†µ
- Aaron Rodgers: Coming off of a huge week 16, and looking to lead his team into the playoffs, watch for Rodgers to come up big today. Rodgers had 404 pasing yards last game, and looked really good completing 25 of 37 passes. The Packers will rely heavily on their passing game to come up big. â†µ
Greg Jennings: Jennings also had a big game last week and with Rodgers looking to pass watch him pass the ball to his go-to receiver; Jennings. He should get a lot of looks against the Bears and maybe even a touchdown or two.
- Matt Forte: Forte had a great game last week, and the Bears will likely look to Forte to carry the offense against the Packers. The Bears have virtually nothing to play for so they will likely run the ball a lot to avoid injuries to key players. â†µ
- Jay Cutler: Despite his stellar performance last week Cutler likely will not play the entire game. Lovie Smith said that he would love to win this game, and will play his starters. Despite this, don't look to Cutler to put up big numbers like he has in the past few weeks. â†µ
- Donald Driver: Driver put up small numbers last week and didn't even get many looks. Although the Packers have relied heavily on their passing game this season, Driver hasn't been producing big numbers. â†µ
- Bears Defense: The Bears have one of the best defenses in the league, but were engaged in a high scoring shootout last week. Not only did they give up a lot of points last week, but they will also be sitting many starters for a part of the game, so don't expect too much of the Bears defense this week. â†µ