That’s the record that the Chicago Bears have against the Green Bay Packers. And, this Sunday, the rivalry continues. The Bears and Packers played each other Week 7 on Thursday Night Football with the Packers taking a 26-10 Victory. That was the night that Brian Hoyer went down and Matt Barkley came in to throw for 81 yards and 2 interceptions.
Things are a little bit different this week. The Bears have been eliminated from the playoffs and the Packers are fighting for their shot in. This Sunday’s game heads to Soldier Field where it’s supposed to be a high of -2 and clear. Both teams are no stranger to playing in bitter cold weather. The Packers are 7-6 coming off of a huge win over the Seattle Seahawks while the Bears are 3-10 following a loss to the Detroit Lions.
The Bears offense has really gotten it going lately as Matt Barkley is not just the back up quarterback anymore. People are talking about how he might be the starting quarterback going into next season. Barkley has done quite well in his limited starts with the Bears the past few weeks. He nearly lead the Bears to wins over the Titans and Lions 2 out of the last 3 weeks, and he hasn’t thrown an interception in 2 weeks as well. Jordan Howard has been lights out and has truly been the team’s workhorse this season. Howard is 31 yards away from a 1,000 yard rushing season. The offense will be going up against a Packers defense that has allowed an average of 24 points and 347.7 yards per game this season. They will have every opportunity to put up yards and points this Sunday, and they’ll need all of them going against Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has been on fire as of late virtually carrying the team with their lack of a run game. He has been finding Jordy Nelson in the end zone week after week. Last week against the Seattle Seahawks, Rodgers went 18/23 for 246 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Nelson and Davante Adams were once again his go to receivers and they made the most of it catching all 3 of Rodgers touchdown passes. The Packers defense also picked off Russell Wilson 5 times.
Barkley and the Bears will need to completely avoid turnovers, the foolish penalties, and the dropped passes that have been haunting them. This week, Aaron Rodgers will continue the hunt for that playoff spot and I see him to be too much for this Bears team.
My Prediction: Bears 17, Packers 31