The National Football League’s oldest rivalry(depending who you ask) will go another round today for the 200th time as the Chicago Bears visit the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The Bears had a rough start to their season including a loss to the Packers at home in week 1. Things have picked up a bit for them as they have won the last 4 of their 5 games. Of course, two of those games were the Lions and one was the New York Giants so it is not quite as impressive as it sounds. The Bears continue to have an anemic offense — even when they manage to win.
One thing to consider is that the Packers won their week 1 match against the Bears thanks to their defense. However, the Packer defense has not been quite as impressive lately. The Packers’ offense will need to show up for all four quarters against a Bears defense that is ranked 4th in the league in opposition points allowed at 18.7 per game. As much as I enjoy saying that the Bears suck(because they do), this game, and the following game next week against the Vikings, are going to be very tough to win with the current momentum of the Packers offense — or lack thereof. It should be mentioned that the Packers are ranked #3 in the league for points scored at home this season.
A Few Things You Should Know:
The all-time record for the Packers/Bears rivalry is 98-95-6 — The Packers have greatly improved their all-time record in this matchup during the Favre/Rodgers era. They are 18-5 against the Bears with QB Aaron Rodgers(including playoffs). He has the best QB rating(103.2) against the Bears than any other QB past or present.
Click here to read about how the Packers can clinch a playoff spot this week
There will be freezing temperatures at Lambeau today — aka Packer Weather:
The Packers are still a healthy team:
Statistically, the Packers are the superior offense while the Bears are the superior defense going into this game:
While the Bears defense is technically ranked higher, the Packers are 6th in the league in red zone defense while the Bears are ranked 13th.
When: Sunday – 12:00 CT
Where: Lambeau Field – Green Bay, WI
Television: NFL on Fox – Play-by-play: Kevin Burkhardt – Analyst: Charles Davis – Sideline: Pam Oliver
Radio: WTMJ – Live Stream