They started the season with only two wins in the first five games, endured another injury ravaged campaign and yet the Packers are in a position most everyone thought they'd be in when it all began, on the brink of a division title. The 9-4 Pack will lock up the NFC North championship with a victory over 8-5 Chicago Sunday at Soldier Field. This year's team has realistically had but one dominating performance, the 42-24 rout of the Texans in Houston but no one really cares about the struggling victories over the likes of Jacksonville, Arizona and Detroit now. The victories kept coming, seven out of the last eight weeks and with one more, Green Bay will guarantee a home playoff game next month. It's easier said than done however against the Bears team, reeling since mid-season and also injured, they didn't have enough healthy bodies to practice on Wednesday of this week. Head coach Lovie Smith could only conduct a walk-through. Chicago's offensive line has been thinned, Brian Urlacher's season may be done and even kicker Robbie Gould had to be placed on IR this week. Meanwhile the Packers are getting healthier. Clay Matthews will be back for the first time in a month, T.J. Lang has missed a game and a half and he should return to the offensive line. Greg Jennings has a game under his belt post-surgery and is anxious to become a big factor in the offense again. The Packers will be without Charles Woodson again, doctors haven't cleared his healing collarbone just yet, James Starks, Jordy Nelson and C.J. Wilson will be sitting this one out as well. The key word the Packers must keep in mind this week is protection. They must protect Aaron Rodgers and even more so, protect the football. The Bears feast on the takeaway, a league leading 35, with 21 interceptions, seven returned for touchdowns. Tim Jennings has 8 picks by himself and Charles Tillman has forced a ridiculous nine fumbles in 13 weeks. Rodgers has been sacked 42 times and the Bears can bring heat with just four, not unlike the Giants or Lions. This allows the back seven to drop into the patented two deep coverage, forcing opponents to take their chances nickel and diming underneath. This has proved difficult for the Packers offense all season. Green Bay's defense will attack the rag-tag offensive line, give Brandon Marshall extra attention and hope Jay Cutler will be, well, Jay Cutler against the Pack. He has a welcome habit of turning the ball over, throwing four interceptions at Lambeau in September. Matt Forte needs to average only 56 yards a game to crack a thousand again but he hasn't been nearly as dynamic this year. Points have still been hard to come by for the Bears on offense. I'm looking for another low scoring, tightly contested game. The sniping between the two camps this week from Mashall and tight end Jermichael Finley and Lance Briggs is helping crank up the intensity. There's a lot on the line for both teams in this, the 186th meeting between the NFL's oldest rivals. I like the Packers to make it 12 straight in the division, five straight against the Bears and two straight North titles. It'll be a savage but satisfying 20-17 victory. On the link below, quotes from both camps looking forward to the Windy City showdown.