December Football: Packers must take care of business Sunday

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The NFC North Division race just got a little tighter last night, thanks to the Chicago Bears’ dismantling of the Dallas Cowboys last night.

The Bears and rejuvenated quarterback are on a roll, winning their fourth game in the last five to improve to 7-6 and stay alive in the division race down the home stretch of the 2019 regular season.

Green Bay, 9-3, and Minnesota, 8-4, currently reside in the top two spots.  But with each team facing the other two rivals in the final three weeks of the season, change could occur quickly on the division leaderboard.

“The Bears are playing well,” said Mike Ditka, former Chicago Bears head coach.  “As I’ve said all season, no one is going to run away with that division.  You earn your victories in December—if you look past anyone you’ll get beat.”

Green Bay has to again take care of business Sunday, hosting the 3-9 Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field after defeating the New York Giants, 31-13, on the road last week.  The Packers-Redskins’ kickoff is 12 noon in a contest televised exclusively in Western Wisconsin on FOX 25/48.

While the Giants’ victory looks good on paper, Green Bay still had offensive and defensive issues in the triumph over a 2-10 team they should defeat.  Aaron Rodgers powered the Packers offense through the air with four touchdowns, while running backs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams generated just 59 yards.

The defense failed to register a sack of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, and gave up several explosive plays through the air, but recorded three interceptions as Green Bay won the turnover battle 3-0.

The Packers defense will be tested by Washington’s “two-headed monster” rushing attack of Derrius Juice and Adrian Peterson, which accounted for 228 rushing yards in the Redskins’ 29-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers.  Washington’s second-straight win was sealed with a goal-line stand.   

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Green Bay defense should feast on NFL’s worst offense (14.4 pts, 262.4 yards per game), but must stop the run to win.  Rodgers and running game wear down Washington in second half.

Packers 27, Redskins 17.

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