Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 12/22/11

The Green Bay Packers will square off against the Chicago Bears on Christmas night, a game that has lost some of its luster since the season started.

Unless you live under a rock you have probably heard that the Green Bay Packers bid at a perfect season was taken away after their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday.

The Packers are still playing for home field advantage through the playoffs but that doesn’t mean the starters will play the whole game so it might take away from some of the excitement of the game.

The Bears have also fallen on some hard times with injuries to some of their key players.  It appears that quarterback Josh McCown will get the start over Caleb Hanie for the Bears, while Jay Cutler remains on the sidelines due to injury.

While I want to say that a team that is struggling and dealing with injuries can’t beat the Packers, I just watched the Chiefs, a team who had suffered some key injuries, beat up the Packers so I won’t be making the same mistake again.

So while it may not be the marquee matchup the NFL had been hoping for it’s still the biggest rivalry game in all the NFL, and with the game on primetime Christmas night both teams will be looking to put on a show.

The Bears are also on a four game losing streak and are coming off a beat down at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks so they will be looking to right the ship and make a late season push for a wildcard spot in the playoffs.

The Packers should be able to win this one.  They are the better team and with the game at home they will have the home crowd behind them.

The Bears strength on offense is running the ball and they do it well.  The Packers should be able to contain the Bears rushing attack and force McCown to beat them in the air, which I don’t believe he can do.  Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Packers offense should be able to do their thing against the Bears defense.

Last week it seemed that the Chiefs kept the Packers out of their rhythm but I believe the Packers can get back into their rhythm and with the motivation of playing at home on Christmas day the Packers will get back to their winning ways and give Packer fans an extra Christmas gift this year.

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