If the Chicago Bears are going to have any chance of turning around their disappointing 2014 NFL regular season, they need to accomplish a feat which they have only managed twice in the last five years – defeat the rival Green Bay Packers.
The Bears will get their chance when they travel to Lambeau Field for a Week 10 matchup with the Packers on Sunday November 9.
The meeting will be the 189th between the two clubs in the regular season, dating back to 1921, when the Bears, then known as the Chicago Staleys, defeated the Packers 27-0 in front of 7000 fans in their new home at Wrigley Field, venerable home of baseball’s Chicago Cubs. As was the case for a number of early football franchises, the team would soon change their name to the Bears to better reflect that of the city’s baseball team.
In the 188 meetings since the start of this major rivalry, Chicago holds a slight edge with a 92-90-6 record in the regular season while each team has one win in just two playoff matchups.
But it is the Packers who have dominated in recent years, winning 10 of the last 12 times they have faced the Bears, dating back to 2009.
Green Bay is expected to once again be favored over Chicago ahead of their Week 10 clash. The Packers have enjoyed a much stronger first half and welcome the Bears with a 5-3record, one game back of the Detroit Lions in the rivalry-laden NFC North.
But the Packers went into their bye in Week 9 on a sour note following a lopsided 44-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football in Week 8 as two-point road underdogs in NFL online betting.
The Packers faced a Saints squad in desperate need of a win to salvage their season following a dreadful 2-4start. Fortunately for the Saints, they reside in the NFC South, the NFL’s weakest division.
The loss ended a five-game winning streak for Green Bay, both SU and ATS, but leaves them in the thick of the NFC playoff race going into November.
The Bears, meanwhile, have stumbled to a mediocre 3-5record this season, and are currently enduring a stretch of five games with just one win, SU and ATS.
While five of the Chicago’s eight remaining games will be at home, they have enjoyed more success away from Soldier Field this season, with road wins against the San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons.
Like the Packers, Chicago entered their bye week following a devastating loss; a 51-23 beating in Week 8 at the hands of the revitalized New England Patriots.
It will be a tall order for Chicago to overcome Green Bay, led by QB Aaron Rodgers, whose 19 TD throws and 2092 passing yards have once again garnered him MVP consideration. The Bears enjoy a relatively soft schedule in the second half that features five games against division rivals and four against current sub-.500 ball teams, but remain a longshot to turn around their season and any hope of challenging for a Wild Card berth in the NFL playoffs.