In years past, Packers-Bears might have been a great game, featuring two solid teams who hated one another. This year, the hate is there, but the talent is decidedly not.
The Packers are badly banged-up—they’re missing some of their top cornerbacks and have virtually no healthy running backs, and a matchup with the Falcons is on tap after this week—and Aaron Rodgers has looked like a shell of himself for nearly a full season’s worth of games now. The Packers still have enough talent to be dangerous, but they look like a team in decline.
The Bears, meanwhile, have added a considerable amount of talent over the last two seasons, but have very little to show for it. The defense is still patchwork, the offense isn’t nearly as good as you’d think it would be for the talent on the roster, and the quarterback situation is going to be a mess until Chicago can sink a draft pick into fixing it. I’m legitimately not sure who is going to win this one, but it should be pretty sloppy and terrible, just like your average Thursday Night Football game.
Here’s what you need to know.
Packers - Bears Thursday Night Football info
What: Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers
When: Thursday, October 20, 8:25 p.m. EST
Channel: NFL Network
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Key Story Lines: Can two deeply disappointing teams find
love their footing on a Thursday night, when the games are typically very sloppy? Will Aaron Rodgers come out of his funk, which is leading to widespread criticism? Do the Bears have one competent quarterback on their roster, and will we see that quarterback work?