Picking On The Bears

Analysts and “experts” from around the league have made their predictions, and they are no fan of the Chicago Bears. Nearly everyone who cares to register an opinion has Green Bay taking this one.

ChicagoSports.com has an amalgamation of picks and analysis for the Sunday night game.

ESPN regular contributors are showing no love to Lovie’s team . By the way, is anyone else startled by the uniformity of those picks? I guess there’s a reason people don’t see upsets coming most of the time.

The folks over at the Tribune are curious where Greg Olsen has been . Indeed, Hester and Olsen both have lacked the opportunities to be playmakers on the offense so far. If they are not more heavily involved this week, expect a gaggle of angry fans to be shouting Ron Turner’s way.

And… my pick for Sunday? I’ll go with Da Bears. Favre has been successful thus far with the dink ‘n dunk, but he has done so against teams with a combined 5-11 record. Besides, can he really carry this much of the offense like this for a long period of time? Green Bay is passing over 60% of the time, and the passing attack accounts for 84% of the offensive production (Thanks to Peter King for those stats).

While the Bears may still be banged up and have had uncertain play from the quarterback position thus far, they are still one of the most talented rosters in the league. More stable play from Griese will pay dividends, especially with the involement of Hester and Olsen. If Benson holds on to the football and runs well, this is a W for the Bears. Expect this rivalry game to be a close one. Daniel Manning picks off Favre while he is leading a two-minute drill to ice the win for the Bears. Chicago 20, Green Bay 17.

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