Hello everyone, welcome to the live blog of the Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears game here at Soldier Field.
I don't know if we'll see Hundley today. Rodgers is going through all the warm-ups and doesn't seem to be having any problems. I think they'll be careful with him in terms of the plays they call, but of course anything could happen that would aggravate that calf muscle. Hundley looked fine in the little bit of practice we get to see. But it was just passing drills.
Wind chill is minus-6 right now at Soldier Field.
I would think so. But it doesn't change my opinion that they have to modernize their approach. How they're trying to get into the playoffs right now isn't what you want. If they had some veteran backups they might have gotten through that stretch of injuries without losing four in a row. Their goal is to win home-field advantage, not to try to run the table on the road as a wild-card. Even if they make the playoffs, their road through them will be difficult because of their record.
It's bad all the time. It doesn't look like it's clumping or that players are digging out chunks. It doesn't look frozen either. But its notoriously long cut and probably will be slow.
I think he'll probably rotate in with Joe Thomas depending on how the Bears play this thing. They're going to need his size to help defend against the run and so I think he'll play a lot. I expect to see less of the Morgan Burnett scheme than we saw last week and more of Martinez and Ryan.
It's indoors. The windows are leaking some cold air, but I've got a sweater and coffee, so I'll survive. And some Emergen-C to help me fight off this cold.
Possible. But when you go with Lacy you have to commit to him. You don't try to use him in a shared role. He should play all but a few series. So if Montgomery comes back you're going to have to have him play some receiver, too. I think we're a long way off from that decision.
I picked the Packers, 21-10.
It wasn't reported as anything as chest injury until the day after. Then it was reported as lung contusion and that it wasn't as bad as it looked.
Quite possibly. They should be loaded up at the line of scrimmage to stop Jordan Howard. I wouldn't worry too much about Matt Barkley in these conditions. If he's throwing the ball then you're probably doing something right. They have to keep the run game in check, because one way he can hurt them is with play-action.
He did not come back in last week.
You judge him on success. You evaluate how he handled the talent he had, did he make adjustments, did his players get better, did he manage the game, practices and his staff well. Did the players play hard for him. Was there a lot of dissension in the locker room? Did the team fall apart at the end? Things like that.
He'd like a little more balance. He'd like to have a power back who can stay on the field all three downs so he can run no-huddle and have Rodgers call the game at the line of scrimmage. He'd like to have a tight end on the field who can stretch the field and he'd like to run a lot of play-action . He wants to attack weaknesses instead of having to cover up for them. He'd like to have receivers who can get open deep and make the DBs spread out.
I don't think the Packers have as much of an "indoor" team they had back a few years ago when they had Driver, Jennings, Nelson, Cobb Finley, Jones. That team really did well on turf and seemed to enjoy perfect conditions. This team has some mudders who are better at short, contested throws than deep routes.
None more than as usual. I think he's frustrated every year and I'm sure he was this year as well. There's nothing he can do about it. Thompson is not going to change. So getting frustrated doesn't do him a lot of good.
Yes, I believe there are people in the organization who think that.
This isn't his first game as a running back. He's been playing RB for six weeks. He has shown some ball security issues and it's possible the more he carries the ball the more likely the ball is to come out, especially in the cold. He's a big, strong guy, so he can take hits. But we'll see what his ball security is like today.
I wouldn't say it was one of his biggest. Brian Brohm was a second round pick. Much bigger bust. Justin Harrell was a much bigger bust.