A Sunday Night in December at Lambeau Field against the Chicago Bears. It doesn’t get much better than this does it? Aaron Rodgers against the team that “he still owns”. The Packers will look to move one game closer to a division title and playoff berth, the Bears and head coach Matt Nagy will try and save their season. Here is your game preview of everything you need to know about tonight’s game.
Game Preview: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
- Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
- When: Sunday, December 12
- Time: 7:20 PM CST
- TV: NBC Sunday Night Football
- Broadcasters: Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth, Kathryn Tappen
- Odds: Packers favored by 12.5
- Last Meeting: Week 6 at Soldier Field; Packers 24 Bears 14
- All-Time Record: Packers lead 102-95-6
Game Preview: 3 Things to Watch
Bulletin Board Material
In the last matchup at Soldier Field, we all still remember Aaron Rodgers taunting Bears fans, “I own you! All my f*cking life, I own you! I still own you! I still own you!”
The Chicago Bears have not forgotten that. They are using that as bulletin board material this week as motivation. The Bears will come out motivated and looking to prove something. The Packers are going to have to withstand that initial surge by the Bears. As the game continues that will become less of a motivator for them. They will be motivated the first quarter by that, especially the defense. Can they Bears use that as a rallying cry against the Packers this week? We’ll find out.
Every week, I feel like I mention that a key to victory for the Packers in winning the line of scrimmage. They need to give Rodgers a clean pocket and pressure the opposing quarterback to disrupt their flow. That is no different this week against the Bears. Granted, I do not think that Bears have much of a pass rush and feel the Packers defensive line is much better than the Bears offensive line. The Packers will be missing three starters on the offensive line and without Za’Darius Smith on the defensive side, so the it remains that the Packers must control the game from the trenches. This is an area where the Bears could try to win the game if there is a weakness for the Packers.
The Packers are dominant this season at Lambeau Field. They have 2 takeaways in all 5 have their home games this season, which were all victories. Even more incredible, they are 9-0 this season when they have at least one takeaway. Those stats just floor me. It is critical for the Packers to generate turnovers and give Rodgers and the offense additional positions. During the last meeting at Soldier Field the Packers only had one turnover, but it was a big one. It was an interception in the end zone which turned into a scoring drive for the Packers. So instead of the Bears getting a touchdown, the Packers got one. Turnovers are critical to a teams success, and even one turnover tonight, could give the Packers the victory.
Game Preview: Final Analysis
Packers and the Bears in primetime, anything can happen. I just feel that the Packers at Lambeau Field are very hard to beat. They are really good at home. The Bears are reeling right now, they come off a loss to the Cardinals last week. They Packers have the advantage over the Bears in every area. I think Rodgers and the Packers will control this game and move one game closer to a division title.
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