WEEK 2 - Game of the Week - PREVIEW

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  1. majesty95

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    Chicago slicknick202 at Green Bay thoov08

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    The Week 2 match-up between the Bears and Packers will give us an early indicator as to who the favorite to win the NFC North is. Green Bay, coming off a 15-1 season a year ago, was the odds on favorite to repeat as NFC North champions this year. Chicago, however, limped towards the finish line in 2011 with their quarterback (Jay Cutler) on the shelf with an injury and finished a disappointing 8-8. This is a new year, though, and as we all know, anything can happen on Sundays.

    Last Week

    The Bears put up huge offensive numbers last week in a 34-21 win against the Colts. Chicago ran for 236 yards and compiled 481 yards of total offense in the win. However, late last week they made a historic trade sending both Cutler and star running back Matt Forte to New Orleans for Drew Brees, Darren Sproles and Will Smith.

    Green Bay is coming off of a tough battle in San Francisco where they narrowly edged the 49ers 27-24. Aaron Rodgers led the way on offense for the Packers throwing for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Unfortunately, Rodgers also threw two interceptions and the Packers struggled to establish a run game. The Packers' struggles on offense were compounded by a dismal 18% success rate on 3rd down.

    Keys to the Game

    How well Cutler and Sproles adapt to their new offense will be the key to what the Bears are able to do moving the ball. If Brees struggles to find a rhythm with his new receivers, then the Bears could be in for a long evening.

    The Packers have questions on offense as well, although many could be attributed to an extremely talented 49er defense. Should Rodgers and company find the success they enjoyed most of last year, the Packers will be in a great position to take an early lead in the division.

    What to Watch

    Darren Sproles - Sproles is not thought of as an every down back in most NFL circles. He is explosive and can change the pace of the game on one play. However, his durability is a question and should he get injured, the Bears' season could quickly derail.

    Line

    Green Bay -5 O/U 50.5

    Prediction

    Green Bay's offense is much more explosive than what they showed against San Francisco last week. All of their tools from 2011 return plus they added Cedric Benson. Expect to see Rodgers throw for over 300 yards and outperform Brees in his debut with the Bears.

    Week 2 Player to Watch

    Robert Griffin III Washington Redskins Flyinhi2005

    RG3 threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut against the Saints last week. Outside of Cam Newton last season, it was one of the best rookie performances by a QB in recent memory. This week Griffin will face his first road test and a chippy Rams team that won't want the rookie to make a name for himself on their turf.
     
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  2. thoov08

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    Great work, but now the pressure is on!
     
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