Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/12/12

Anyone needing an introduction to the rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears probably doesn’t know what “NFL” stands for.

This rivalry, the oldest in the NFL, provides at least two games every year with non-stop action and there is never a guaranteed winner.

In 2007 when the Packers went 13-3, two of those losses were to the Bears.

In 2010 the Bears and Packers met in the NFC title game in a game the Packers would ultimately win on their way to winning Super Bowl 45.

You can understand why any game between the Bears and Packers might feel like a title game.

This week the Bears and Packers meet in Lambeau.

The Packers started the year off with a loss at home to the 49ers while the Bears dominated the Colts. The Bears have a chance to take a two-game lead on a team that went 15-1 last season, already doubling the Packers loss total from 2011.

The Packers will be looking for the first win within the division and a chance to pull even with the Bears, Lions, and Vikings.

Week 1 was the first since Week 7 of 2005 that the Packers lost and the rest of the division won.

What should we expect in this game? Points. Lots and lots of points.

The Packers played one of the best defenses in the league in Week 1 and Rodgers still managed to put up over 300 yards and two scores. The Bears surpassed 40 points and will play a Packers defense that allowed nearly 200 yards on the ground and another 200 through the air to the 49ers.

That means we should expect to see a lot for Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte.

The Packers should have it a little easier this week than they did last week, but they could be without Greg Jennings. Expect Randall Cobb and Jermichael Finley to see quite a few targets as they did last week.

If the Packers are going to win this game they will need to force a couple of turnovers. Their defense is still figuring things out after starting a number of young players and rookies and they won’t be able to stop the Bears from marching down the field.

If they can force a couple of turnovers though to limit the scoring opportunities, their offense should be good enough to win the game.

If the Bears are going to win, they need to make Matt Forte the star of the show. This not only eliminated the chance for interceptions, but it also opens up the deep play action pass from Cutler to Marshall when the time is right.

Handing the ball off to Forte and looking to him first for short passes should also make sure that Cutler stays off his backside. Otherwise we can expect Clay Matthews, who had 2.5 sacks in Week 1, to take Cutler down early and often.

The pressure is on the Packers. They are playing at home. They already have as many losses as they had all of last season. A Week 2 loss would mean falling two games behind the Bears with tough games against New Orleans in week four and Houston in Week 6 just around the corner.

My prediction: Packers 45, Bears 38. Forte should total 150 total yards and Marshall should pass the 100-yard mark. But Rodgers is going to find his way to 400 yards and four passing scores.

Expect the Packers' defense or special teams to add a score as well.

 



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