In spite of a slow start that saw the Chicago Bears lose its first two games by a combined score of 52-24, Mike Glennon’s squad can get right back in the thick of the NFC North race with a win at Green Bay on Thursday night. Of course, the Packers and the Lambeau Field faithful might have something to say about that.
Chicago seemingly turned its season around last week when it pulled out a 23-17 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers to pull to within a game of the division leaders. The Bears now stand at 1-2. Green Bay, on the heels of its 27-24 overtime victory against Cincinnati, stands at 2-1, as do Detroit and Minnesota.
This marks the third straight season that the Packers will host Chicago on a Thursday night. The Bears got the better of Green Bay in the inaugural Thursday night matchup in 2015 by a score of 17-13, but the Packers dominated last year’s meeting, 26-10.
Green Bay has won seven of its last nine meetings against the Bears at Lambeau Field and has outscored Chicago 240-120 in those games. Interestingly enough, Thursday night will mark the 195th meeting between the two teams, and the series is currently tied at 94-94-6.
Chicago’s resurgence comes on the back of a running game that piled up 220 yards on 38 carries against the Steelers. Jordan Howard rushed for 138 yards on 23 carries and rookie Tarik Cohen added 78 yards on 12 carries.
Quarterback Mike Glennon was your prototypical game manager in the Bears’ victory as he completed 15 of 22 passes for 101 yards (an average of just 4.6 yards per reception) for one touchdown and an interception.
Last week Green Bay got off to a slow start against the visiting Bengals, and the Packers found themselves trailing by a 21-7 score at the half after Aaron Rodgers threw only the second pick-six of his career to Cincinnati’s first-year cornerback, William Jackson III.
But Rodgers more than redeemed himself in the second half, as everyone expected he would. Rodgers engineered a pair of 75-yard drives that culminated in touchdowns, the first a one-yard scoring toss to Jordy Nelson and the second a three-yard surgical strike to Nelson that sent the game into overtime.
Rodgers was his typical self in the overtime period as he found Geronimo Allison free behind Bengals cornerback Adam Jones for a 72-yard gain to set up an easy 27-yard chip shot field goal by Mason Crosby to secure the win.
Rodgers finished the day completing 28 of 42 passes for 313 yards, three touchdowns, the one interception and a quarterback rating of 102.6. Allison had six receptions for 122 yards.
How to watch Bears at Packers
Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2017
Time: 8:25 p.m. ET
Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
TV Channel: CBS
SB Nation Coverage: Windy City Gridiron and Acme Packing Company
Online Streaming: The game will be streamed via Amzon Prime Video Service for the first time ever; international viewers can use NFL Game Pass.
Radio: 105.7 Wisconsin’s Rock Station Online Radio Stream. Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country.
Radio announers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Tony Boselli (analyst) will call the action and Scott Graham will host pregame and halftime shows.
TV Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tony Romo (color analyst), Tracy Wolfson and Jay Feely (sideline reporters)
Odds: Green Bay: -7 1/2; under/over: 45.5 (Bovada)
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