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Week 17 Preview: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

Previewing the match-up between the Green Bay Packers visiting the Chicago Bears, focusing on key injuries and game notes.

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Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears
When: 1/3 @ 4:25pm ET
Watch: FOX
Point Spread: Packers -5.5
Over/Under: 51
Moneyline: Packers -240 | Bears +200

Packers Key Injuries: Adrian Amos, S, Ankle (Q), Kevin King, CB, Groin (Q), Allen Lazard, WR, Core/Wrist (Q), Darnell Savage, S, Finger (Q), Za’Darius Smith, LB, Ankle (Q), Jamaal Williams, RB, Quad (Q)
Bears Key Injuries: Akiem Hicks, DT, Illness (Q), Jaylon Johnson, CB, Shoulder (Q), Buster Skrine, CB, Concussion (Q), DeAndre Carter, WR, Shoulder (Q), Cole Kmet, TE, Shoulder (Q), Khalil Mack, OLB, Shoulder (Q), Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Knee (Q), Allen Robinson, WR, Hamstring (Q), Roquan Smith, ILB, Eye (Q)

NOTES: The Packers control their own destiny, if they win they secure homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, which means teams that don’t usually play in blizzards will have to win games in freezing weather to make it to the Super Bowl. This season the Packers secondary has been king and will have to come up against a hot Chicago offense that has been clicking recently. Their offense has been prolific this season, but it won’t be as effortless to find success against the Bears defense. I expect the Packers to lead for most of this contest and find a way to win in the end.

This is a must-win game for the Chicago Bears. Even if they win, they need the Rams to beat the Cardinals to find a place as the seven seed, which might mean an immediate rematch with the Green Bay Packers. The Bears’ recent success can be accredited to QB Mitch Trubisky opening up the offense, which leads to better runs for RB David Montgomery, who has had some elite performances lately. They will need one more big time performance from the sophomore running back to secure a spot in the playoffs. They will also need their defense, which has gone through an up and down season, to come through in a big way. Head Coach Matt Nagy will have his troops ready for the battle, the stakes have never been higher for this Bears team in a long time, and they might just come through.

Heisen is currently a journalism major at the University of Oregon and was part of the SemiPro Media team as a Co-Assistant Editor and Staff Writer. He has a passion for fantasy football and a knack for the analytical statistics behind football. Heisen roots for a football team that epitomizes choking: The Los Angeles Chargers.

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