Who: Packers (7-7-1) at Bears (8-7)
When: Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 E.T. on FOX; Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Pam Oliver are in town to call the action.
Where: At home on the lakefront. It looks like it’s going to be a very windy day at Soldier Field, with temperatures falling from the twenties to the teens throughout the game, and windchills in the single digits. Exactly what you’d expect from a late December game in Chicago.
- Earl Bennett is officially inactive for today. That’s unfortunate, as the Bears will likely need every bit of offense than can find.
- Randall Cobb will give it a go for the Packers. He and Rodgers are both coming off of long-term injuries; having your first game back in the cold won’t be a fun test, I’m sure.
- The Bears lead the all-time series with a record of 93-88-6; it dates back to 1921. Chicago is just 2-8 over the past 10 contests, however. But they did win earlier this year at Lambeau Field.
- It probably doesn’t need to be said at this point, but if the Bears win this game, they’re in the playoffs. If they lose, the season is over. So, essentially, the playoffs start today.
It’s finally here. I hate roller coasters, but I feel like the Bears have forced me to ride one this year. At least it’s been interesting. I’d take this over a 5-11 season any day.