The oldest rivalry in the NFL takes center stage during our Thanksgiving weekend football party. The Week 12 edition of “Sunday Night Football” once again gives prominence to the “Black and Blue” division, as the Green bay packers (7-3) receive the Chicago Bears (5-5) in the Lambeau Field. This will be the seventh Sunday night meeting between these two teams since 2006, and both franchises are yearning for a victory.
The Bears They rested last week, which should allow them to recover and repair some holes. But the Packers they fell to the Colts in overtime, while the Vikings (4-6) lost to Dallas, and the Lions (4-7) have since lost two in a row. So the Bears have a bit of room to breathe in the rankings, even if the Packers they have a two game lead. But make no mistake that Bears they have some problems to correct before taking the field for this game.
The Packers are in the driver’s seat in the division while the Bears they fight for their slim hopes of the playoffs. Thank you for the 201st meeting between these charter franchises.
Time and Channel Packers vs Bears
Start: Sunday, November 29 at 5:20 pm PT / 8:20 pm ET in the United States. 7:20 pm in Mexico.
TV: NBC in the United States. ESPN in Mexico.
Spread: Green Bay -9.5
Three things to keep in mind
1. The offense takes the glory
This side of the ball is still the Achilles heel for Bears in 2020, and it’s a big part of why they’re in the middle of a four-game losing streak. They haven’t reached the 20-point mark since Week 8 against New Orleans and have only reached that point in four games this season. One of the most obvious statistics for Bears this year is that they only scored 14 total points in the third quarter.
In general, Bears they have the second worst total offense in the league (300.9 ypg), the eighth worst passing offense (222.7 ypg), the fifth worst scoring offense (19.1 ppg) and the worst running offense (78.2 ypg). The Bears they are averaging just 6.0 yards per pass attempt and 3.6 yards per rushing attempt, and are just 45 of 135 in third-down conversions. Two weeks ago, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was tasked with scoring plays against Minnesota, but it didn’t seem to make much of a difference. Injuries and bad play on the offensive line continue to limit this offense.
The offensive line can’t push enough on running blocks and can’t stop pass-rushers long enough for Nick foles hit a proper shot, all while dealing with a bevy of injuries. Foles He has taken 14 sacks during this losing streak, and suffered a pointer to the hip during the final possession of the Vikings game. Tyler Bray ended up finishing the game. Foles he has doubts for Sunday night as he hasn’t practiced this week, which means Mitchell Trubisky will return to the starting lineup.
Trubisky, who has been out the past two games with a shoulder injury, returned to practice and will see his first action since injuring his shoulder on a running game against New Orleans in Week 8. This will be his start since he was benched and replaced. by Foles in Week 3. The runner is also expected to David montgomery play after recovering from a concussion in the past two weeks. Cordarrelle Patterson started in Montgomery’s place against Minnesota, and the results were well below stellar (12 carries, 30 yards, 2.5 years per year). In short, Bears They need to launch this offensive.
The offense is the least of the worries of the Packers this season. Aaron Rodgers still without lights weekly; he ranks fifth in passing yards (2,889), behind only Russell Wilson in touchdown passes (29), and fourth in yards per attempt (8.2). He’s also 10th in completion rate (68.2 percent) and leads the league in passer rating (115.8). Offensive line play is another problem that Ptockers do not have, since Rodgers he’s only been sacked once in each of the team’s last two games. Pushing Rodgers will be crucial to the Bears’ defense, especially if the Bears want to neutralize the receivers of favorite passes from Rodgers on Davante Adams (questionable with ankle injury, 68 rec., 847 yards, 10 TDs), Márquez Valdés-Scantling (limited in practice, 25, 518, 4) and Robert Tonyan (limited in practice, 32, 391, 6).
Green bay he continues to take the committee approach with his hasty attack. Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams have combined for 870 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. The Packers They rank in the top 10 in total offense (seventh, 392.9 ypg), passing offense (eighth, 277.0 ypg), and scoring offense (third, 30.8 ppg). They rank 12th in rushing offense (115.9 ypg), but will present a formidable challenge to Chicago’s defense.
2. Defense wins the game
This is what this game will ultimately decide. And both teams are very capable on this side of the ball. The Bears Y Packers they rank ninth (340.1 ypg) and 12th (344.3 ypg), respectively, in total defense. Both teams are tied for ninth (21) in sacks, while the Bears are ninth (6) in interceptions while the Packers are 10th (5).
However, each team has seen their weaknesses exposed recently. Against Minnesota two weeks ago, the Bears they gave up five plays that were for 20 yards or more. Meanwhile, the Packers they blew an 11-point lead in the third quarter against the Colts last week. Both teams also have injury problems heading into this game.
The Packers They have numerous members from their high school: Kevin King, Jaire Alexander, Will Redmond, Josh Jackson, Chandon Sullivan and Ka’dar Hollman are listed as questionable. For the Bears, the defensive lineman Akiem hicks He is still dealing with the hamstring injury he suffered against the Vikings. As a result, he has not practiced.
3. This rivalry receives national attention
Since 2006, Bears and Packers have met 14 times on the league’s flagship national broadcasts. They have paired eight times on NBC (Sunday night, Thursday night), three times on ESPN (Monday night), and three times on the various combined Thursday night broadcasts (NFL Network, FOX, CBS ). And during this stretch, this rivalry has played out once on Thanksgiving, once on Christmas Day, and once on New Years Eve. This week’s game will mark the first time in this span that the Bears and Packers They will face each other on Sunday night after the Day of Action thanks.
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The Packers They lead this all-time series 99-95-6 and have won 11 of the last 14 games overall, including the two meetings last year. Chicago defeated for the last time Green bay in week 15 of season ’16 and has not won in Lambeau Field since Thanksgiving Day of the ’15 campaign. Unless the Bears recover and launch this offensive, the Packers they will win their third game in a row against their archrivals.
Prediction: Packers 28, Bears 14