Former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick has a theory: “Once is an occurrence, twice is a coincidence, three times is a trend.” When it comes to the Green Bay Packers, I would agree.
Last Sunday, the Packers were taken out behind the woodshed and whipped 30-22 by the San Francisco 49ers. Not only did the 49ers outplay the Packers, they outplayed them IN Green Bay. Everything about San Francisco’s performance was better than Green Bay’s. What is most disconcerting is that all the concerns about the Packers’ defence might have been justified. The Pack had no answer for Alex Smith and Frank Gore and one has to wonder if they’ll have an answer for Jay Cutler and Matt Forte.
This Thursday night, if the Chicago Bears do the same thing to the Packers, it will be a coincidence. If there is loss No. 3, then it will be a trend and I will start to believe that the Packers aren’t as good as I thought.
Until such time, I’ll stick with Aaron Rodgers and put Green Bay on my Sport Select ticket. By the way, I did not have a Sport Select winner last week. That’s because The Coach went 9-7 straight up and 5-11 against the spread.
Of course, The Coach could have been worse. He could have been The Doc. I will let the Doc explain it himself: “Last week the Doc was a dismal 7-9 and 3-13 against the spread.” Thanks Doc. Dismal is our word of the day.
Here’s a look at Thursday night’s Bears-Packers extravaganza at Lambeau Field.
Chicago Bears (1-0) at Green Bay Packers (0-1)
Line: Packers by 6.
The Doc says: Green Bay looked bad on defense in last week’s loss to the 49ers at home. Chicago looked great against a Colts team that was out to prove that they were back. The running duo of Matt Forte and Michael Bush looked impressive plus Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall were completely in sync. If a marginal talent like Alex Smith was able to pick apart Green Bay’s secondary, just think of what Cutler can do with Marshall! The Coach says: “I’m not betting against the Packers at home until it becomes a trend.”
THE DOC: TAKE THE BEARS TO WIN.
THE COACH: TAKE THE PACKERS TO WIN AND COVER.