It’s the Packers and the Bears in Primetime! It’s the oldest rivalry in the NFL. It never matters how good each team is when these two meet up, it’s always, no matter how you do this season, just beat Chicago. This turns out to be a big game in this rivalry as with a win the Packers can distance themselves from the rest of the competition. Also of importance, this week the Packers stated that there would be 500 fans in attendance, as they will be hosting employees and their families at the game. Now, let’s all do our part, so ticketed fans can attend the remaining home games and the playoff games.
Packers vs Bears
- When: Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 7:20 pm
- Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
- TV: NBC
- Commentators: Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy and Kathryn Tappen
- Spread: Packers by 7
3 Things to Watch
Win and control the division
Okay, this is not something to watch during the game but this is a huge game in terms of the division and playoff race. The Packers number one goal is to win the NFC North. Currently, the Packers are in first place at 7-3, while the Bears are in second place at 5-5. A win will put the Packers up by 3 games and in complete control of the division. A Bears win puts the lead at one game with 5 to play. The Packers return home and are looking to get that Lambeau Field magic back, especially with 500 fans in attendance.
The Packers have been struggling on special teams and have given up some big plays. This is an area that the Bears can take advantage of. The Bears Cordarrelle Patterson had a 104-yard kickoff return against the Vikings and they are getting back their best special teamer Sherrick McManis back. Patterson is explosive when he receives the ball and can have a big return or take it to the house at any moment. The Packers will need to stay in their lanes, be disciplined and tackle much better than they have been to win the special teams battle.
Third Down success
The Packers offense is going to have to have plenty of success on third down to have success Sunday night. Moving the chains is the name of the game for the Packers. To really see how the game is going, watch how successful the Packers are on first and second down. The Bears defense is ranked first in the league in third-down conversion percentage. The Packers need to keep drives alive as they can’t have numerous or even consecutive 3 and outs. Any third and longs would be disastrous for the Packers, as many teams do not succeed in those situations against the Bears defense. I would beat this was a focus for Matt Lafleur and Aaron Rodgers this week.
Not only is this a division game, this is also a rivalry game. As much as I think that the Rodgers and the Packers will light up the scoreboard, I feel that this will be a close 7 point game that the Packers will win easily. The Packers offense is better than the Bears offense and the Packers defense is good enough to hold the Bears offense. It is going to come down to a handful of plays that the Packers have success on against the Bears defense. I think the Packers will win by 7. It will also be very good and refreshing to see fans in the stands at Lambeau Field tonight. Hopefully, we can all do our part to get more fans in the stands to be part of this Super Bowl Season.
Go Pack Go!
Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag