OK ... I'm saying Packers 31 - Bears 20
They play a type of cover-2/man, but that also opens-up a few lanes for underneath crossing passes.
(This can play to our benefit because if the OL can hold-up, we have too many weapons.)
If they full-blitz, then their secondary becomes a liability for a long pass if a WR gets past them.
(Our WRs have enough speed to get by their guys and beat them if it turns into a jump-ball.)
They haven't upgraded their receivers since last season and have put all their eggs in one basket with Cutler and Martz.
(IMO, this could be an implosion waiting to happen after Martz bad mouthed Culter while he was an "analyst" for poor decision-making. The other thing is whether or not he can hold-up under pressure from a decent defense has yet to be seen.
Their STs return defense isn't all that great so far this season.
(We might have a good chance to break one on them.)
Their rushing isn't the greatest and they will have to rely on the passing game to stay competitive.
(They could very well start leaving Cutler open without enough protection and then Matthews can go to work.)
Let's face it, the Lions are STILL the Lions, but just scoring more points. Yet if not for a ruling-call on that one pass, they would have lost that game to them.
The Cowboys aren't anywhere NEAR to the pre-season hype level they were getting and apparently STILL "lay-down" in the second half.
I think this will be a game where Chicago will take a small, but early lead (let's say 6 points by the half) and then we find the chink in the armor, adjust in the second half and roll.
BTW: The hit Martin layed on McMahon was a cheap-shot, but no worse than the one Warren Sapp put on Clifton.
Martin stood there waiting for the ball to be intercepted and at that moment, McMahon became a defensive player, not a protected QB.
Have a good one