The Bears-Packers Rivalry is Alive and Well! And Other Bullets

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The Bears-Packers Rivalry is Alive and Well! And Other Bullets

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My alma mater put up 38 points in the first half on the road against an SEC team. Seriously, check out the highlights:

As for what happened in the second half, allow me to direct you to the first-half highlights above…

  • Bears. Packers. Time to expect the unexpected:

  • The Bears-Packers rivalry is back and I won’t hear anything to the contrary. And while the Bears have been on the short end of the rivalry a bunch on the field lately, picking up some wins off of it could go a long way toward balancing the scales.
  • Green Bay fired Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers and had eyes on Vic Fangio as his replacement. Fangio was viewed as a logical candidate and at one point was the rumored top choice to take the gig. To that end, the Packers looked willing to be patient through the process in order to get their man. Somewhere along the line the Packers zigged when everyone expected them to zag and they hired Mike Pettine. After that, the Bears re-signed Fangio to what is believed to be one of the biggest contracts given to a DC and the rest is history.
  • Fangio wasn’t the only free agent the Bears and Packers both had heart eyes for this offseason. With an eye on improving its own passing game, Green Bay was also in on the Allen Robinson sweepstakes. The Bears made Robinson a top priority after the Jaguars decided not to hand out the franchise or transition tag to retain him, but the Packers were definitely lurking. Ultimately, Robinson choose Chicago over Green Bay after offers were made.
  • Robinson making a good impression on his offensive coordinator:

https://twitter.com/BN_Bears/status/1038791039052652544

  • Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune writes the Bears’ escape from free agency hell should bode well for the team’s future. After rolling the dice on spending big money on middle-tier talents who produced less-than-desirable results in prior years, Bears GM Ryan Pace swung for the fences and connected with some big names and players who were popular in the free agent market. And while there is a high-risk, high-reward aspect in some of their moves, there aren’t too many arguments against betting on upside.
  • The Bears haven’t ever been known for winning bidding wars. They’re also not known for getting the better of the Packers … in any arena. So all of this is a pleasant surprise. But still … they’ve still got one more hurdle to clear, which they can get after starting at 7:20 p.m. CT.

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.