It’s a battle of NFC North rivals on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. The Chicago Bears make the short trip north as they travel to face the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon. Chicago comes in off a 31-24 home win over Dallas in their previous contest last Thursday night. Green Bay earned a 20-15 home win over Washington in their previous game last Sunday. The Packers own a 97-94-6 edge in the all-time regular season series, including a 10-3 road victory in the first meeting this season on September 5 to open up the 2019 NFL campaign.
Chicago Bears Review
Chicago has shown signs of life with three straight wins coming into this one after a very sluggish start offensively. The Bears opened the season with a 10-3 home loss to the Packers in the first game of the NFL campaign on a Thursday night and things were rough throughout most of the first half of the season. Chicago bounced back with a last-second win on the road over Denver (16-14) before rolling over Washington (31-15) on Monday Night Football and shutting down Minnesota (16-6) at home to reach the quarter pole 3-1. Since then, it’s been all downhill: the Bears lost to Oakland (24-21) in London before the bye: coming out of the bye, they were drubbed 36-25 at home by the Saints in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. The Bears followed that up with a 17-16 home loss to the Chargers when Eddy Piniero missed a game-winning field goal as time expired. Chicago then lost at Philadelphia (22-14) before holding off Detroit (20-13) at home to snap a four-game slide. The Bears then dropped a 17-7 decision to the Rams on the road before dumping the Giants 19-14 on the road. That was followed by a Thanksgiving Day road win over the Lions (24-20), setting up their home game with a fading Dallas squad.
Against the Cowboys, the Bears spotted the Cowboys the opening score of the game but then took control of the contest. Chicago scored 17 second-quarter points en route to taking a 24-7 lead after three quarters. After giving up a score on the opening play of the fourth quarter to trim their lead to 10, the Bears quickly went 60 yards in three plays, capped by a Mitch Trubisky 23-yard TD run, to go back up 17. Chicago’s defense did enough to hold the Cowboys in check so that two scoring drives in the final five minutes weren’t enough. The Bears were outgained 408-382 though a lot of those yards came late up multiple scores. Chicago held a 24-22 edge in first downs and controlled the clock by a 32:18 to 27:42 margin. The Bears overcame a pair of turnovers while not forcing any in the contest to climb back over the .500 mark on the season at 7-6.
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Green Bay Packers Review
Green Bay has overcome some tough contests and prevailed in several close games as they come into this contest 10-3 on the season. The Packers enter week 15 with a one-game lead over the Vikings in the NFC North. Green Bay won their season opener 10-3 on the road over the Bears and followed that up with a 21-16 home win over Minnesota in week two. The Packers earned a home win over Denver (27-16) before suffering their first loss of the season at home to the Eagles on Thursday Night Football in week 4 (34-27) thanks to two long drives fizzling in the fourth quarter. Green Bay bounced back by jumping on Dallas early on the road en route to a 34-24 win. The Packers, despite being banged up, got their offense going against the Raiders, rolling to a 42-24 home win behind a huge game from Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay went on the road and beat the Chiefs 31-24 in week 8 before being stifled on the road by the Chargers (26-11) back in week 9. The Packers headed into the bye off a home win (24-16) over Carolina only to come out of it hammered on the road (37-8) by San Francisco. Green Bay bounced back by shutting down the Giants 31-13 on the road, leading into their matchup with the other doormat of the NFC East, the Redskins.
Against Washington, Green Bay jumped to a 14-0 lead in the opening quarter and it looked like the rout was on. Instead, the Packers failed to reach the end zone in the final three quarters, keeping the Redskins in the game. Green Bay mustered just two field goals over the final 45 minutes of play but it proved to be enough against a young Washington squad. The Packers held a 341-262 edge in total offense and owned a 30:24 to 29:36 edge in time of possession in the game. Both teams finished with 18 first downs and each team turned the ball over once. The Packers did just enough to ensure that they would prevail with a big showdown with the Vikings in Minnesota looming in week 16.