Bears, Packers look to beat 94-94-6 tie in the series
September 28, 2017 7:28 AM
by Bob Christ
When the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers tangle at Lambeau Field on Thursday night, they'll be looking to break a 94-94-6 tie in the series that dates to 1921 when the Staleys beat the Pack 20-0.
Both teams are coming off overtime victories at home and are banged up as they prepare to play on short rest. Examining the injury report may be as valuable as sorting through the mounds of records and stat sheets.
Now to take a closer look at Thursday's game. The odds are provided by Westgate Las Vegas:
Chicago Bears (1-2) at Green Bay Packers (2-1)
Time: 5:30 p.m. PDT
Line: Packers by 7 (45.5)
Facts: Chicago has won two of the past four games at Lambeau, including 27-20 in 2013 as a 10.5-point dog after they KO'd QB Aaron Rodgers (clavicle) five minutes into the game... Rodgers continues to taking a beating. He is the league's most-sacked QB with 13 in large part because his two tackles (still doubtful) have missed time... Bears QB Mike Glennon hasn't completed a pass longer than 22 yards this season in 107 throws. That puts him behind the Rams' punter, who has a 28-yarder... In the Packers' 27-24 home win over winless Cincinnati last week, they overcame a 14-point halftime deficit. It's the biggest comeback in a victory by anyone this season.
Analysis: Chicago gashed Pittsburgh for 220 rush yards last week in a 23-17 victory. The line was helped by the return of star guard Kyle Long, who missed Weeks 1-2. RBs Jordan Howard (140 yards vs. Steelers) and Tarik Cohen (78) now want to be known as "Thunder & LIghtning." It's no coincidence they weren't going by that name a week earlier when Chicago totaled 20 rush yards in a loss to Tampa Bay. No doubt, both are fine backs, but Howard played with a sore shoulder. How's he going to respond on a short week? Plus two other starting OLs are questionable. The Packers are stifled by a pile of injuries, too, including top RB Ty Montgomery (wrist, probable), but Rodgers should have a big edge over Glennon, no matter how little time he has to throw.
Forecast: Packers 31, Bears 19