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Packers take on Bears in regular-season opener

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 13, 2015 – 9:05 am


– The Green Bay Packers play the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Week 1 for the first time since 1981.

– For the third year in a row and just the fourth time in 10 seasons under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (2010), the Packers open the season on the road. It is the first time since 1977-79 that the Packers have opened on the road for three consecutive seasons.

– The last time Green Bay opened the season with a road game against a division opponent was at Detroit in 2005.

– Including playoffs, the Packers have won five straight games at Soldier Field and six of the last seven at the stadium. Green Bay has held Chicago to 20 points or less in seven of the last eight games at Soldier Field.

– Today will mark game No. 191 in the NFL’s oldest rivalry. The Bears hold a 93-91-6 edge in the series, which includes two playoff games (1-1).

– This will mark the 53rd time the two teams have met in the month of September, with both teams recording 24 wins (24-24-4). Only seven of those September matchups took place in Chicago, and the Packers were 5-2 in those games, including a 38-17 win last season in Week 4.

– The Packers have won four of the last five matchups against the Bears in games played in September.

– Under McCarthy, the Packers are 13-6 against the Bears during the regular and postseason, including 7-3 on the road.

– In all but one of the 13 wins under McCarthy, Green Bay has scored at least 20 points.

– Today will be the 22nd time the Packers open the regular season against the Bears (10-10-1) and just the third time the game has been played in Chicago (1979, 1981).

– Green Bay has played Chicago in Week 1 six times since 1970, with the Packers holding a 4-2 record in those matchups.

– Since 1990, the Packers are 7-4 against division opponents in Week 1, including 2-1 under McCarthy.

– The last division opponent Green Bay faced in Week 1 was Chicago in 2009, a 21-15 Packers win at Lambeau Field.

– Green Bay has 52 wins on Kickoff Weekend, second most in NFL history behind only the Bears (54 victories in Week 1). The Packers and Bears are the only teams in the NFL with 50-plus wins on Kickoff Weekend.

– Since 2006, Green Bay is 18-9 (.667) on the road against division opponents in the regular season, tied for No. 3 in the league over that time span.

– Green Bay has won its first road game in six of nine seasons under McCarthy.

– With a six-game winning streak in the first road game of the season from 2006-11, McCarthy joined Vince Lombardi (eight straight, 1960-67) as the only coaches in team history to win six or more consecutive road openers.

– The Packers hold the record for the most wins (53) in road openers in the NFL.

– In the 13 seasons of the NFC North (2002-14), the Packers (eight) and Bears (three) have accounted for 11 division titles.

– Today is the Packers’ lone NFC North game in the first eight contests. Green Bay will finish the regular season with five of the final eight games against division opponents.

– Since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have a 19-12 (.613) mark in the month of September. Green Bay’s 19 wins are tied for No. 2 in the NFC and No. 5 in the NFL.


– With Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 12-3 during the regular and postseason against the Bears, with one loss coming in 2013 after Rodgers left the game with an injury after the first series.

– In the 15 games against Chicago, Rodgers has an overall passer rating of 106.2 and has thrown for a 100-plus passer rating in five of the last eight matchups.

– Rodgers has guided Green Bay to four consecutive regular-season wins at Chicago, throwing for a combined 1,208 yards, 12 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 115.2 in the four contests.

– In the two games against the Bears last season, Rodgers completed 40 of 55 passes for 617 yards, 10 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 149.0. He was the first QB in NFL history to throw 10 TDs and no INTs against an opponent in a single season. Green Bay scored 38 and 55 points in the two matchups against Chicago last season.


– A win would mark the Packers’ 10th in the last 11 matchups against the Bears during the regular and postseason, including the sixth consecutive win at Chicago, which would be the second-longest road winning streak for the Packers in the series (11, 1994-2005)

– Green Bay is looking to score at least 30 points against the Bears for the fourth consecutive game.

– The Packers have held the Bears to 17 points or less in four of the last six contests.

– Seven of the last eight games played in Chicago between the two teams have been decided by 10 points or less.

– A win would improve the Packers to 6-4 in season openers under McCarthy, including 2-2 in season openers on the road.

– McCarthy will begin his 10th regular season as Green Bay’s head coach, passing Vince Lombardi (1959-67) and Bart Starr (1975-83) for the second-most seasons as head coach in franchise history behind Curly Lambeau’s 31 (1919-49).


– QB Aaron Rodgers looks to throw for 300-plus yards for the fourth time in the last five season openers. In 2013, Rodgers tied the franchise record for passing yards in a season opener, with 333 at San Francisco.

– If Rodgers throws for 300-plus yards, it will be the 41st 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season.

– Rodgers has thrown for at least two touchdowns in four of the last five season openers.

– Including the postseason, the Packers have won nine in a row against Chicago in games Rodgers throws at least five passes.

– WR Randall Cobb needs one reception to extend his consecutive games with a catch to 47, including the postseason.

– In the last three season openers, Cobb has recorded 243 yards receiving on 22 receptions (11.0 avg.) with two receiving touchdowns.

– Cobb has registered 100-plus yards receiving in two of the last four games he has played in against the Bears, including hauling in seven receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns at Chicago last season.

– Cobb has recorded five touchdown receptions in the last three games he has played in against the Bears.

– RB Eddie Lacy has registered a touchdown in all four games vs. Chicago and has totaled more than 100 yards from scrimmage in two of the contests.

– Including the postseason, Lacy has rushed for more than 90 yards in six of the last eight games.

– Lacy finished the 2014 regular season by surpassing 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the final nine contests, the longest streak in team history, and scored at least one touchdown in six of those games.

– WR James Jones set a career high with three receiving touchdowns at Chicago in 2012.


– LB Clay Matthews has 6.5 sacks in the last four games he has played in against the Bears.

– Matthews recorded an interception he returned 40 yards at Chicago last season.

– Matthews has registered a total of 6.5 sacks in six season openers.

– From 2009-11, LB Julius Peppers recorded a sack in each season opener.

– Peppers registered a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and tipped a pass that was picked off by S Morgan Burnett in the Packers’ 55-14 win over Chicago last season.

– Burnett set a career high with 14 tackles in the 2011 season-opening win over New Orleans.

– LB Nick Perry registered career highs with nine tackles and seven solo tackles in the 2012 season opener against San Francisco, his first NFL regular-season game.

– S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix recorded six tackles (four solo) and a sack in the 2014 season opener at Seattle.


– K Mason Crosby (1,037) needs 18 points to surpass Ryan Longwell (1,054) for the franchise record.

– Crosby (268) is 10 field-goal attempts short of surpassing Longwell (277) for the most in team history.


– As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.

– Today’s captains will be G T.J. Lang (offense), LB Julius Peppers (defense) and S Chris Banjo (special teams).


– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Craig Wrolstad (4), umpire Roy Ellison (81), head linesman Mark Hittner (28), line judge Julian Mapp (10), field judge Steve Zimmer (33), side judge Jeff Lamberth (21) and back judge Lee Dyer (27).

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Bears sign LB Lamin Barrow to active roster

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 12, 2015 – 4:38 pm

The Chicago Bears announced Saturday that LB Lamin Barrow was signed to the active roster from the practice squad. LB Sam Acho’s contract was terminated. Acho had previously been ruled out for Sunday’s game vs. Green Bay (illness).

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How to watch Sunday’s Packers-Bears game

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 11, 2015 – 10:34 am


– Kickoff: Sunday, Sept. 13 at 12 p.m. CT

– Watch a replay of the game on your desktop, connected TV, tablet or smartphones with NFL GamePass. Out-of-market fans can watch the game LIVE with NFL GamePass. Start your free trial today.

– If you’re looking for a bar to watch the game, try www.packerseverywhere.comPackers Everywhere was created to let you know where you can gather with other Packers fans to watch games and have all kinds of other Packers-related fun.

– FOX Sports, now in its 22nd season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.

– Play-by-play man Joe Buck joins color commentator Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Erin Andrews.

– Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in five states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 21st season calling Packers’ games. McCarren has four times been voted Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 17th season of broadcasts together.

– Sports USA Radio will air the game across the country. Larry Kahn (play-by-play) and Doug Plank (analyst) will call the action, with Troy West reporting from the sidelines.

– The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.

– DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on channel 709.

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Aaron Rodgers joins ‘Da Bears’ fans in new commercial

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 6, 2013 – 12:11 pm

QB Aaron Rodgers latest State Farm commercial features some interesting companions — the superfans of “Da Bears.”

Take a look:

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Aaron Rodgers to appear on Thursday’s episode of “The Office”

Posted by Mike Spofford on May 6, 2013 – 11:59 am

According to multiple media reports, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is scheduled to appear on Thursday’s episode of the NBC comedy “The Office” as the star quarterback makes his prime-time acting debut.

Rodgers will be playing a judge in a singing contest. The episode is slated to air at 8 p.m. CT on Thursday.

Actor Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute) of NBC's "The Office" and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

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Packers-Bears re-airs on NFL Replay Tuesday night

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 18, 2012 – 2:13 pm

The Packers’ NFC North-clinching victory over the Bears from Sunday in Chicago will re-air at 7 p.m. CT Tuesday night as part of NFL Network’s NFL Replay series.

NFL Replay is a condensed, 90-minute version of the original TV broadcast that incorporates NFL Films camera angles and post-game soundbites from players and coaches.

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Week 14 – Packers vs. Lions remains at night; Week 15 – Packers vs. Bears stays at noon

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 26, 2012 – 5:23 pm

The NFL has announced that there are no flex scheduling changes to the Sunday prime-time games for Weeks 14 and 15, meaning the Packers-Lions game at Lambeau Field on Dec. 9 will remain at 7:20 p.m. CT kickoff.

That also means the Packers-Bears game at Soldier Field on Dec. 16 will remain at noon CT. The 49ers-Patriots game remains the prime-time matchup in Week 15.



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Packers tied with Bears for NFC North lead

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 19, 2012 – 10:33 pm

The Green Bay Packers moved into a tie for the NFC North lead with Chicago following the Bears’ 32-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night.

Both teams now have 7-3 records with six games remaining in the regular season. Technically, the Packers are in first place by virtue of their victory over the Bears in Week 2, but the two teams will meet again on Dec. 16 in Chicago, so the head-to-head tiebreaker is not yet definitive.

The Packers are on a five-game winning streak following their 24-20 win at Detroit on Sunday while the Bears have lost two straight after a 7-1 start. Chicago lost starting QB Jay Cutler to a concussion midway through last week’s loss to Houston, and Cutler didn’t play against the 49ers either.

Without Cutler, Chicago’s offense was basically inept against San Francisco’s swarming defense. The Bears didn’t score until late in the third quarter and gained just 151 total yards. San Francisco, which was also playing with its backup QB in Colin Kaepernick (starter Alex Smith was also out with a concussion), jumped in front early and never looked back. The 49ers lead the NFC West with a 7-2-1 record.

The Packers still have four NFC North games remaining among their six contests. Green Bay will play Minnesota twice (Dec. 2, 30), plus Detroit (Dec. 9) and Chicago (Dec. 16) once each. The Vikings are one game back of the division lead at 6-4, while the Lions are three games back at 4-6.

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Packers-Bears post-game notes & quotes

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 26, 2011 – 12:31 am


  • Green Bay beat Chicago, 35-21, tonight at Lambeau Field. With their 14th victory, the Packers set the franchise record for most wins in the regular season, topping the previous record of 13 wins in 1962, 1996, 1997, 2007.
  • With the win, the Packers clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. It marks the first time since 1996 that Green Bay will be the top seed in the NFC.
  • Tonight’s victory gives Green Bay four wins over Chicago in 2011 (including playoffs). According to STATS LLC, the Packers are only the second team in NFL history to beat the same opponent four times in a calendar year, joining the 1994 Los Angeles Raiders (4-0 vs. Denver).
  • This was Green Bay’s second season sweep of the Bears in the past three seasons (also 2009). The Packers’ four-game winning streak against the Bears is their longest vs. Chicago since a seven-game streak from 2000-03.
  • Tonight’s victory was Green Bay’s 12th straight at Lambeau Field and the 18th victory in its last 19 contests at home.
  • The 12-game home winning streak is the fifth-longest winning streak at home in franchise history.
  • This marks Green Bay’s first 7-0 start at home since 2002.
  • With the win, the Packers improved to 26-9 (.743) in NFC North regular-season games under Head Coach Mike McCarthy. That winning percentage ranks No. 2 in the NFL since 2006 behind only New England (27-8, .771). The Packers are now 5-0 in NFC North games this season. The five victories are tied for the most divisional wins (2002, 2004, 2006) by the Packers since the league went to an eight-division format in 2002.
  • The Packers became the 14th team in NFL history to score 500 points in a season (515 this season).


  • Tonight’s paid attendance was 70,574. It was the 300th consecutive sellout (284 regular season, 16 playoffs) at Lambeau Field.
  • With 283 passing yards tonight, QB Aaron Rodgers set the single-season franchise record for most passing yards in a season with 4,643. That tops the previous team record of 4,458 passing yards by Lynn Dickey in 1983.
  • Rodgers threw a career-high five TD passes, which matched the single-game franchise record (seven other times).
  • Rodgers posted his 10th game with at least three TD passes this season, becoming just the third QB in NFL history to accomplish that feat (Tom Brady, 12 in 2007; Dan Marino 10 in 1984).
  • It was also Rodgers’ fifth game with four TD passes this season. That ties the franchise record set by Brett Favre in 1996.
  • With his 142.7 passer rating tonight, Rodgers set an NFL single-season record with his 13th 100-plus passer rating game (Steve Young, 12 in 1994; Tom Brady, 12 in 2010).
  • It was also Rodgers’ fourth game with a 140-plus passer rating this season, a franchise record. It matches the NFL single-season record (min. 10 attempts), tying the four 140-rating games posted by Roger Staubach in 1973 and Tom Brady in 2007 and 2010.
  • WR Donald Driver went over the 10,000-yard receiving mark for his career (now has 10,008 yards). He is the 36th player in NFL history to accomplish that feat.
  • With 115 yards receiving tonight, WR Jordy Nelson now has 1,101 receiving yards this season, his first career 1,000-yard season. It also marked Nelson’s fourth 100-yard receiving game this season.
  • Nelson tied his career high with two TD receptions. He now has 12 TD catches this season as he becomes only the eighth player in franchise history to have 12-plus TD catches in a season.
  •  TE Jermichael Finley’s 2-yard TD catch in the first quarter gave him four TD receptions vs. Chicago this season, the most by a Green Bay tight end against an opponent in a single season in franchise history. The last NFL tight end to accomplish that feat was San Diego’s Antonio Gates in 2005 (four TDs vs. Kansas City).
  • WR James Jones’ posted a career-high two TD catches. It brought his season total to seven TD receptions, a career high (five in 2009 and 2010).
  • LB Clay Matthews’ second-quarter interception was his third INT of the season, further adding to his career high.
  • S Charlie Peprah added to his career high with his fifth interception of the season.

(on what’s left to accomplish next week) “Well, that’s a great question. I’m focused on what we just accomplished tonight. 14 wins, anytime I can stand up here and talk about a record that stands in front of the great history and tradition of the Green Bay Packers, that’s special. The goal was to get home-field advantage all the way through. We accomplished that tonight, but we do need to get healthy as a team, which every team in the league is probably saying today. We’ll look at all our options. I’m not going to stand here and tell you we want to give away opportunities to win a game. We’re going to play to win the game next week. I’m real excited about a division opponent coming in here, and we’re going to do everything we can to get to 15-1. Health is an issue for us, I think that’s stating the obvious.”

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Packers-Bears gameday inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 25, 2011 – 5:52 pm

The following players have been declared as inactive for tonight’s Packers-Bears game:

Green Bay Packers
6 QB Graham Harrell
31 CB Davon House
58 LB Frank Zombo
75 T Bryan Bulaga
76 T Chad Clifton
79 DE Ryan Pickett
85 WR Greg Jennings

Starting lineup changes: On offense, #87 Jordy Nelson will start at wide receiver in place of #85 Greg Jennings. #70 T.J. Lang will start at right tackle in place of #76 Chad Clifton. #62 Evan Dietrich-Smith will start at left guard in place of #70 T.J. Lang. On defense, #95 Howard Green will start at left defensive end in place of #79 Ryan Pickett. #98 C.J. Wilson will start at right defensive end in place of #94 Jarius Wynn.

Chicago Bears
6 QB Jay Cutler
10 QB Nathan Enderle
22 RB Matt Forte
24 RB Marion Barber
79 T Levi Horn
85 TE Andre Smith
95 DT Anthony Adams

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