Potential win or go home matchups for Week 17

12/18/13 in NFL   |   dsm5095   |   9 respect

Nov 4, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA;   Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (right) talks to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (left) after the Bears beat the Packers 27-20 at Lambeau Field. Rodgers left the game early in the 1st quarter with a left shoulder injury.  Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY SportsPlayoffs are looming closer and the feelings of desperation, joy, and heartbreak await a few teams just trying to get in the dance. 8 teams might have to deal with that fate during the last week of the season.
Packers (7-6-1) at Bears (8-6)
What needs to happen in Week 16:
Either both teams need to win this week or both lose along with a Lions (7-7) loss.
Keys for each team for a victory:
Bears - Neither defense has shown much ability to provide stops this year. This game would most likely be a shootout. We’ve seen the Bears dynamic weapons on offense including the Brandon Marshall/Alshon Jeffrey WR duo and Matt Forte. They’ll have to get on a lead early against Green Bay, especially if Aaron Rodgers comes back.
Packers - it’ll come down to setting the tone with Rodgers/Flynn and Eddie Lacy imposing his will on Chicago’s run defense. To show you how bad Chicago is at stopping the run, they let the Giants’ Brandon Jacobs(!) run for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns earlier this year.

Nov 10, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) dives but cannot make the catch over Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY SportsRavens (8-6) at Bengals (9-5)
What needs to happen in Week 16:
This could decide the AFC North. Both need to either win this week, both lose, or have a Ravens win combined with a Bengals loss.
Keys for each team for a victory:
Ravens – Have a running threat to take pressure off of Joe Flacco and the wide receivers. The defense will have to contain Giovanni Bernard and Benjarvus Green-Ellis. They’ll have a much better chance to win if they force Andy Dalton to beat them.
Bengals – We know the running backs will probably have a good game. Andy Dalton will have to take advantage of the Ravens’ secondary and feed the ball to AJ Green and Marvin Jones early and often. The Bengals defense will have to prevent scoring drives. As they saw on Monday, even Justin Tucker can win a game for the Ravens like he did against the Lions on 6 field goals.
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