The Packers are playing the Chicago Bears this week, and for the first time in nine years, the Bears are favored. This is definitely rock bottom in terms of my Packers fandom. This is the first time ever I will dread watching the Packers. I knew it would be a struggle when 12 went down, but I wasn’t expecting it to be this bad. Neither was the Packers coaching staff apparently.

Let’s start with the three players already ruled out for Sunday. Bryan Bulaga tore his ACL last Monday and is obviously done for the year. Not even sure why his name is still on the injury report to be honest. With his cap hit around $8 million next year, it is time to start wondering if Bulaga will play another snap for the Packers. Quinton Dial has a chest issue, hasn’t practiced all week and won’t face Chicago this Sunday. The third and final player already ruled out this week is Morgan Burnett. Burnett is arguably the most important player on the Packers defense. An already bad defense is probably going to get worse on Sunday without Burnett. I didn’t know that they could get any worse, but I’m sure they can.

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Two linebackers returned to practice this week. Joe Thomas was able to practice for the first time in a long time since hurting his ankle. He was limited this week and is questionable for Sunday. Ahmad Brooks (back) also returned to practice on a limited basis. He too is questionable for Sunday. We all saw how bad the Packers pass rush was on Monday; getting Brooks back should help that some.

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Two starting Packers offensive lineman were listed on the injury report. Justin McCray will most likely see the bulk of the time at right tackle going forward. Well he’s dealing with an ankle injury and is questionable for Sunday. The Bears have a legitimate defense, and they could really expose Bulaga’s absence on Sunday. Starting guard Lane Taylor has been a limited participant all week with an ankle injury. His status for Sunday is also questionable.

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The Packers are so limited on offense now; it leaves very little room for error. I know the Bears offense hasn’t been very good this year, but I still have concerns about the Packers consistently stopping them. This could be the game that Bear’s coach John Fox finally lets Trubisky let it loose. This Packers defense is liable to make him look like Tom Brady. I also question the Packers ability to sustain long drives, especially against a quality defense like they’ll see this Sunday.

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Graduate from Northern Illinois University where I studied Journalism and Communications. Huge fan of the Packers, Bucks, Brewers, and Badgers. Feel free to follow me on twitter @jimmy_riley

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