Oh, how the tables have turned. For years, the Green Bay Packers bullied the Chicago Bears. It's been a long time coming, but it looks like the Bears might be ready to stick up for themselves.
Will the Chicago Bears beat the Green Bay Packers for the first time in five years this Sunday?
This Sunday, the Bears have a chance to beat the Packers for the first time in five years. The last time the Bears beat the Packers was in Week 15 of the 2018 season, a close 24-17 win over the dreaded Cheeseheads.
Since then, the Bears have lost nine games in a row to the Packers, per StatMuse. Overall, the Bears are 3-17 against the Packers over the past decade. It's almost as if the Bears are the Packers' punching bag. Not anymore.
Las Vegas is on the Bears' side for this matchup. The odds have Da Bears as one-point favorites for their home opener versus the Packers. It's the first time the Bears were the favorites against the Packers since Week 1 of the 2019 season.
The Packers are left vulnerable after shipping away Packers great Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets. The star quarterback who claimed to "own the Bears" is gone. He can't carry the Packers to the playoffs or wins over the Bears. Anymore. That responsibility is taken over by Jordan Love, the heir apparent to Rodgers.
Love, who will be making his first NFL start as the opening-day quarterback, will be given a warm welcome by Bears fans at Soldier Field. The Bears are ready to give him a good first impression.
Loaded with new, young talent on both sides of the ball, the Bears are ready to start winning with quarterback Justin Fields as the face of the franchise. It will be interesting to see how the Bears show up this Sunday against their arch-rival.
A win over the Packers would be a vindicating moment for the entire city. But it would also symbolize a new era in the NFC North. After years of rebuilding, the Bears can prove they're ready to compete with a win over their arch-enemy.
It would also revitalize a once great rivalry. Even though it hasn't been as competitive in recent years, it's produced several all-time classics. The entire NFL world would appreciate the Bears-Packers rivalry being competitive again. The NFL is better when the Bears and Packers are fighting each other for a playoff spot.
If the Bears beat the Packers, it would be head coach Matt Eberflus, quarterback Justin Fields and basically the entire team's first win against the Packers.