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
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So far, i am seeing a game exactly how i thought it would go. Packers playing inspired defense, and the Offense STINKING up the place. Rodgers is missing passes and receivers dropping them. The offense needs a fucking reboot. Fucking shame.
Any urgency on that last drive before halftime?
2nd down and 4 with 44 seconds left at the 31. What play do we want? We call a designed quick out to Jimmy G ( i said JIMMY G), He catches the ball 1 yard behind the line of scrimmage where he gets tackled immediately, no chance of getting out of bounds. You would only call that play if you have a receiver capable of getting yards after the catch and/or stopping the clock. I saw Jimmy get yards after the catch once this season, (last week). Then……..they don’t call a timeout (wasting 24 seconds) . then penalty (grounding) They use their last time out not to get a 10 second run off.
Rodgers call, or LeFleurs call? i dont gaf. It was stupid and ugly.
With little time….since when the fuck do you give the ball to Jimmy G behind the line of scrimmage, where he would need skills he doesn’t have to bring it up field? Could you call time out, have a meeting, discuss and think of a dumber play?
Maybe i’m off base here. Maybe i just don’t understand football and that Jimmy is elusive. Maybe i just don’t ….get it.
That was f***** awful
Bulaga was having a really excellent game. Then, 3rd and 5…13:25 left in the 4th, Mack sets up opposite Bulaga, Bulaga at the snap blocks inside letting Mack come at Rodgers free, where Rodgers has to dump O B and punt. Just thinking out loud, but how does Bulaga not see him?
In other Sporting News:
“I wanted to knock him out and that’s exactly what I did.” – Kamaru Usman……………Respect!
Now can I get my Super Bowl tickets?
I have a question too….WTF is MVS still doing in a uniform? Cut him and sign Jordy Nelson. I did not watch the game but saw his alligator arms attempt on Red Zone before heading to a birthday party. I hope he was benched after that.
MVS and Allison both. There were catchable balls delivered toward both of those guys. I will not harp on Rodgers being inaccurate when the temps are quite cold. Lazard and Kumerow need to see the field much more than those other two and next year, the return of EStB and some new faces need to make them expendable.
Gary seen the field more and got a sack, great for him. I have been in the crowd of doubters but I do want to see progress and ultimate success. Kenny Clark, great game, need more of this. Dean Lowry, show MVS how to catch a ball when you see him this week. Kevin King is now clumsy too?
This team will have to look way better when they see Minnesota (as much as I hate to say that).
Where did Kenny Clark come from all of a sudden the last few weeks? I’m starting to think it might be a contract year.
Davante also missed on 6 attempts…2 that were simply dropped which he usually doesn’t do much. Pettine played a lot of 1 down lineman, with 3 lb’s up front, a lot of the Smiths w/Gary or Fackrell. Credit to Gary on his sack, it was 100% earned, nothing cheap about it.
So what we have here, is what we’ve had all season, …..a win is a win. The standings or stats don’t grade how pretty they were.
So at the end of the day, the Packers are still first in the North, now at 11-3. So there is only one thing to do…….let the bitching commence.
Packers need to put a claim in on Janoris Jenkins. Im tired of this Kevin King shit.
I wonder what TJ Watt would look like in Green and Gold?…we’ll never know thanks to Ted. Someone needs to hide King’s helmet, shoes and jock he get burned out of every game.
Jenkins? That re____! Seriously…
Take a look at Rodgers passing chart from week 12 @ SF
Next look at today.
Not much better.
Now look at his chart in the Divisional playoff game @ DAL in 2016
I want him back!
Maybe they need to check #83`s eyes or take that shield of his helmet, if that don`t work tell him to turn in his uni. And just tell #81 goodbuy, is was nice knowing u.
In the first quarter I saw Jimmy Graham chip Khalil mack…he nearly knocked mack on his ass…
Best play but Jimmy g all year
Damn, that was cold this morning. Saw a fan so shitfaced he faceplanted 90 minutes before kickoff. It was a hell of a time though, warmed up in the stadium. I give Rodgers shit on here, and quite honestly he deserves the criticism at times. I noticed a couple times today he seemed to have tunnel vision for Adams. There was one play in particular where Lazard was very open but Rodgers didn’t even look at him on a third down play (they didn’t convert). That crap is getting annoying. That being said, at some point these receivers need to make plays for Rodgers. MVS has to catch that ball. There is no excuse. Rodgers threw it beautifully, and quite honestly couldn’t be thrown any better. Gmo and Adams dropped balls as well. I really do not understand Jimmy Graham’s value to this team. I have said it before, and will keep saying it. As PF4L already covered, why in God’s name are you throwing the ball to Jimmy Graham behind the LOS? I honestly think they need to start integrating Tonyan and Sternberger in the offense more, and phase Graham out. The dude can’t block, he isn’t open with any consistency, I feel like any positive play to him is by accident.
Why does this defense stop attacking when they build a two score lead? Keep your foot on their throat and don’t let them catch a second wind. Rashan Gary, meh. Nice play to get the sack I guess, but that isn’t changing my current opinion of him. If he comes up with a big play in a playoff game, that would go a long way.