With 2 WR's out, I would think they will have Sanz and Weems out there. If they don't use Sanz now, they may as well get rid of him because they never will.
One good thing about having a shitty starting O-Line is that the drop-off between the starters and the reserves is not that big and Cutty is already used to producing while running for his life. It's never a good thing to lose your starters, but it minimizes the impact. Hey, ya gotta look for silver linings sometimes. :smile:
I was impressed with how Scott was playing, and think E. Williams will be very serviceable. The other guard spot is the big question mark to me. I'm thinking we can patch it up and get through with at least 3 wins, but maybe even all 5.
The toughest game of all on the rest of the schedule is this week against Seattle. If their DB's aren't suspended for 'roids then we can win, if they aren't yet because of an appeal, we'll likely lose.
Three of the last five of Green Bays' games I would expect them to win (Lions, Vikings, and Titans all home games). The Vikings at home? Closer, but I think GBP will win that one as well.
I mentioned in another thread, Benson, (as much as I dislike the player) has run well since he left Chicago and will be back on offense. Jennings will finally be healthy and will help improve GB's offense. While Bulaga (gb o-lineman) is out for the season, GB lost a second guy Sunday night (I haven't heard an update for him). Offensively, GB will be much better by the time they come to Chicago, and most likely a week or 2 before then.
Defensively, Matthews is supposed to be back this week or the next, I don't know exactly when Perry(1st rd draft pick) will be back, but it's soon as well, and if I recall correctly, the Bears-packers game will be Woodsons' first game back. Defensively, GB will be a better team by the time we play them again.
(No I dont run around checking GBs' website, nor am I a closet pack fan, but I do live in Wisconsin, and this info often makes the nightly news. It's just more effort to avoid the info than I think the packers are worth.)
The Bears-Packer game could go either way. This puts GB at 11-5 or 12-4 (pending outcome of Bears-pack game).
I look at our last 5 games and I see ONE game that I am comfortable saying the Bears will win (Bears-Cards). The upside is that I CAN see the Bears being able to win each of the remaining games. West coast teams often don't travel well, so the Bears-Seahawks game is one that can be won. Minnesota is loud, and Webb seems to get owned by Allen there, but the Bears are a better team. Detroit is gonna play us hard, but the last game of a lost season? The fans may well not show up, we could win that one too. The Bears-Pack game I've already mentioned.
If the Bears can win vs Arizona and one other game, that puts us at 10-6(my preseason prediction). If the Bears can beat either the Seahawks or the Packers(one win), either Detroit or Minnesota(one win), and win against the Cardinals then that puts the bears at 11-5.
I'd feel a lot better if the Bears went 11-5.......
Something that does affect the predictions, Injuries. This one Specifically:
.. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap100...bay-packers-ir ..
I think the packers have more issues than the bears and they have not looked much better than the bears. I think the bears will win the division.
That throw and catch by Spaeth for a TD was nothing short of a miracle considering it was "old stone hands" on the receiving end. We need the TEs and we got three big catches from three different guys last Sunday. Can they repeat that? Can Marshall get open? Will we throw more to Bennett like we have been. Will Tice use Bush like he has been? Whose playing on D and who isn't?
If I had the answers to those questions I'd know how to bet the game. Home game or not this one is dangerous. Maybe even more so than the Packer game since we should be better prepared for them this time........I hope.