670 staff predictions: Bears-Packers


(670 The Score) The Bears (3-2) host the rival Packers (4-1) on Sunday afternoon.

WBBM Newsradio 780 will carry the game, with kickoff set for noon. 670 The Score’s pregame show with Mike Mulligan, Olin Kreutz and Patrick Mannelly will start at 9 a.m. and run until kickoff. Our postgame show will start just after the final buzzer.

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You can check out all of 670’s preview coverage of the Bears-Packers matchup by clicking here. Below are the game predictions from our 670 hosts, producers and writers.

David Haugh (4-1): Packers 23, Bears 21
The Packers arrive injured and vulnerable, but as long as Aaron Rodgers plays quarterback, they have an advantage. Much will be discussed about how the Bears feel better about the future of the quarterback position than the Packers, for a change, but that’s not the case in the present. The Bears will embrace their new identity, play complementary football and make this game closer than anybody expected when training camp ended, but in the end, a late Rodgers’ touchdown drive will spell the difference. 

Leila Rahimi (4-1): Packers 30, Bears 24
I’m sorry. I can’t. It’s me.

Danny Parkins (3-2): Packers 28, Bears 24
I think there will be more points in this one than expected, as Rodgers always gets his. That will allow us to see a bit more from Justin Fields through the air, and I think he’ll have success. The Packers’ best two defensive players – Za’Darius Smith and Jaire Alexander – are both out, but they’ll still pull out a close win.

Herb Lawrence (2-3): Packers 23, Bears 13
I suck once again at picking Bears games, so I hope you’re fading my picks. The Packers are the best team in the NFC North and haven’t even hit their stride as yet. While the Bears defense is back to being elite under Sean Desai’s direction, Aaron Charles Rodgers plays on the other team and I don’t bet against him.

Adam Studzinski (3-2): Bears 28, Packers 25
I'm drinking the Kool-Aid. The Packers barely escaped with a win against a subpar Bengals team last Sunday, and the Bears seem to have found a winning formula. The Bears defense is beginning to play at an elite level and should get pressure on Rodgers, who will be working behind the Packers’ beat-up offensive line. I also expect the Bears to open up the offense a bit more against a Packers secondary without its best player in Alexander. Fields moves to 1-0 against the Packers, and a new era in the NFC North is upon us.

Chris Emma (4-1): Packers 24, Bears 20
The Bears have a golden opportunity against the rival Packers and can prove themselves as legitimate with a win. They'll come up just short though, with Rodgers pulling through in the fourth quarter once again.

Cam Ellis (4-1): Packers 23, Bears 21
I’ll admit, it’s awfully tempting to pick the upset here with the Bears at home, Fields developing, the Packers being just OKish, etc. It’s all there. But Rodgers is also there, and that’s typically all that matters. Get ready for another week of vague and generally uninteresting statements about how much worse the McCaskeys take losses to the Packers.

Les Grobstein (4-1): Packers 31, Bears 17
This be the 108th Bears-Packers game that I will have been at across the preseason, regular season and one playoff game between the teams that I attended. It started in 1963 as a fan before I began covering Bears-Packers games as a reporter in 1991. I’ve seen games at Wrigley Field, Dyche Stadium (for one game in 1970), Soldier Field, Memorial Stadium (in Champaign in 2002) and of course Milwaukee County Stadium and Lambeau Field. Rodgers the Packers have played better in Chicago than in Green Bay. Of course, I want the Bears to beat these guys, but with Fields’ lack of experience, I regretfully must say the Packers come out on top.

Jay Zawaski (1-4): Bears 35, Packers 28
Look, I don’t actually think this is going to happen, but I need to get back in the predictions race. The truth is that no matter how well the Bears play, Rodgers will find a way to tear their hearts out. The Bears won’t win, but I’m going with this prediction anyway.

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