For our Bears vs Packers Week 4 preview, we’ve enlisted the help of our friends at Lombardi Ave.
The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers resume the longest rivalry in the NFL when they meet for the 195th time on Thursday night. The Bears used to enjoy a sizeable lead in the all-time series, but years of futility have allowed the Packers to tie the series and 94-94-6.
The Bears defense has shown improvement and could present some challenges for Rodgers and the Packers offense. The Packers come into Week 4 a little banged up, with both of their starting tackles ailing. Could this be the game that pass rusher Leonard Floyd has a breakout game?
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For the Bears offense, it’s ground and pound. It’s a formula that worked perfectly in the Bears’ 23-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bears would benefit tremendously from starting fast and keeping it close with the Packers. If Rodgers gets the Packers off to a fast start, it’s unlikely that the Bears woeful passing “attack” can possibly catch up. It would be nice to get a couple of play action passes going to help open up some more running lanes.
To help us get ready for the Bears vs Packers Week 4 Thursday night game, we’ve enlisted the help of our old pal Ray Rivard from Lombardi Ave to get his keen insight on all things Packers.
1. Both the Bears and Packers needed overtime to get Week 3 wins. For the Bears, it was to pull off a big upset; for the Packers, it was to avoid a big upset. Can either team ride the momentum of their OT wins on a short week? Does one team benefit more from Sunday’s win rolling into Thursday?
I think both teams will be riding high from their victories on Sunday, but I don’t think either team will have an edge as far as momentum goes. This is Packers vs. Bears for the first of two showdowns that are sure to have a big impact on the overall standings in the North Division. Throw away the records, the statistics, the momentum. This one will come down once again to smashmouth NFC North Division football. Nobody will be thinking about last Sunday … it’s about winning on Thursday night. It will be typical Packers vs. Bears football. Let’s strap it up.