Remember the last time the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears played each other? It feels like half a lifetime ago. In week one on Sunday night, Aaron Rodgers injured his knee in the first half before returning to everyone’s surprise after halftime. He led a furious fourth-quarter comeback, culminating in a 75-yard touchdown catch-and-run by Randall Cobb, as the Packers beat the Bears 24-23.
The Packers were even largely healthy for that opening-week game, but fast forward to week 15 and you see a very different story, both in terms of Green Bay’s health and the overall direction of both of these NFC North rivals. The Packers’ offense has scuffled and the team has made critical mistakes in critical times. Mike McCarthy is out, and Joe Philbin is in as the interim head coach. Rodgers’ knee is much better, but many of the bad habits he seemed to develop while dealing with that injury remain.
And the Bears are good. Their defense is far and away the best in the NFL, creating turnovers at a rate not seen in nearly a decade. They can be beaten, however, as the offense is also turnover-prone in recent weeks. The Bears have ten giveaways in the past four games, but they also have ten takeaways — therefore, capitalizing on their mistakes while avoiding turnovers of their own will be a key to the Packers staying competitive.
As the teams prepare for Sunday, do the same for your watching of the game by checking out our Game Primer below.
Green Bay Packers (5-7-1) vs. Chicago Bears (9-4)
Sunday, December 16th, 2018
12:00 Noon Central Time (1:00 PM Eastern)
Commentators: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnson
Sirius: 125/82 XM: 383/227
Bears favored by 6 points
Over/under total: 45.5
All-time head-to-head record
Regular season: Packers lead 96-93-6
Postseason: Tied 1-1
Week 1 2018: @Packers 24, Bears 23
Week 10 2017: Packers 23, @Bears 16
Week 4 2017: @Packers 35, Bears 14
Current Winning Streak
Packers have won 5 straight