GREEN BAY (1-2) AT CHICAGO (2-1)
Sunday, Sept. 28 - Soldier Field - 12 p.m. CDT
PACKERS TAKE ON THE BEARS IN CHICAGO
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- The Green Bay Packers stay on the road to play the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field.
- Including playoffs, the Packers have won four straight games at Soldier Field and five of the last six at the stadium. Green Bay has held Chicago to 20 points or less in six of the last seven games at Soldier Field.
- Sunday will mark game No. 189 in the NFL’s oldest rivalry. The Bears hold a 93-89-6 edge in the series, which includes two playoff games (1-1).
- The Packers have won nine of the last 11 meetings against the Bears (including playoffs). Chicago’s 27-20 win over the Packers in the first matchup of the 2013 season at Lambeau Field in Week 9 snapped Green Bay’s six-game winning streak against the Bears, the Packers’ longest since a seven-game streak vs. Chicago from 2000-03.
- Nine of the last 12 contests between the Packers and Bears (including postseason) have been decided by eight points or less, including the 2013 regular-season finale that Green Bay won by five to win the NFC North.
- This will mark the 52nd time the two teams have met in the month of September with Chicago holding a 24-23-4 advantage. Only six of those September matchups took place in Chicago, and the Packers were 4-2 in those games.
- The last time the two teams met in Chicago in the month of September was in 2011, a 27-17 Green Bay victory.
- The Packers have won three of the last four matchups against the Bears in games played in September.
- Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 11-6 against the Bears during the regular and postseason, including 6-3 on the road.
- In all but one of the 11 wins under McCarthy, Green Bay has scored at least 20 points.
- In the 12 seasons of the NFC North (2002-13), the Packers (seven) and Bears (three) have accounted for 10 division titles.
- With Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 10-3 during the regular and postseason against the Bears, with one loss coming last season after Rodgers left the game with an injury after the first series.
- Against Chicago, Rodgers has completed 270 of 400 passes (67.5%) for 3,075 yards, 21 touchdowns with 10 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.4.
- In his last six outings against the Bears, Rodgers is 5-1 and has thrown 14 touchdowns compared to four interceptions.
- Rodgers’ passer rating of 97.4 against Chicago is the best by a Packers’ quarterback (min. 50 att.).
WITH THE CALL
- FOX Sports, now in its 21st season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
- Play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt joins analyst John Lynch and sideline reporter Pam Oliver.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in five states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 20th season calling Packers’ games. McCarren, who is in his 26th year in Green Bay television, has four times been voted Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 16th season of broadcasts together.
- Sports USA will air the game across the country. Larry Kahn (play-by-play) and Doug Plank (analyst) will call the action, with Troy West reporting from the sideline.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
- DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on channel 705.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Bears:
- All-time, regular season: 88-92-6
- All-time, postseason: 1-1
- All-time, at Soldier Field: 23-19-0
- Streaks: The Packers have won nine of the last 11 meetings (including playoffs).
- Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 29, 2013, at Soldier Field, Packers won, 33-28.
- Mike McCarthy: 89-52-1, .630, (incl. 6-5 postseason); 9th NFL season
- Marc Trestman: 10-9, .526; 2nd NFL season
- Head to Head: 1-1
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 11-6 vs. Bears; Trestman 1-1 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his ninth year as the Packers’ 14th head coach.
- Joined Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as the only coaches to guide the Packers to a Super Bowl title with a win over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.
- Led the Packers to their fifth consecutive playoff appearance last season, joining New England as the only two NFL teams to do so over that span. Has also led the team to six playoff appearances in the last seven years (2007, 2009-13).
- Has guided the Packers to top-10 finishes in scoring each of the past seven seasons (2007-13), joining the Patriots as the only other team to accomplish the feat.
- His .638 winning percentage during the regular season ranks No. 5 among active NFL coaches (min. 50 games).
- Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
MARC TRESTMAN…Is in his second year as the Bears’ 14th head coach.
- In Trestman's first season, the Bears’ offense set a franchise record with 6,109 net yards.
- Was the head coach of the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes for five seasons (2008-12) and led the club to back-to-back Grey Cup championships in 2009-10. Was named the CFL’s Coach of the Year in 2009.
- During his time in Montreal, compiled a 59-31 (.656) regular-season record, which included four East Division titles, and a 5-3 record (.625) in the playoffs.
- Has 18 years of NFL coaching experience, including eight as an offensive coordinator and 13 working with quarterbacks. Coached for the Vikings, Browns, Lions, Cardinals, Dolphins, 49ers and Raiders.
- During his time in the NFL, he helped his teams to eight playoff appearances, two conference championship games and a Super Bowl appearance (XXXVII as offensive coordinator of the Raiders).
THE PACKERS-BEARS SERIES
- No two teams have met on the gridiron more than the Packers and Bears. Sunday they face off for the 189th time.
- Starting in 1923, the clubs met for 59 straight years until both games in 1982 were canceled as part of a strike-shortened season.
- During the 2010 season, the teams squared off in the playoffs for just the second time in the history of the series. With a berth in Super Bowl XLV on the line, the Packers emerged victorious, 21-14, in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field.
- The last time Green Bay led the overall series? On the heels of its three straight NFL championships, 1932, when the Packers led 11-10-5.
Packers LB Julius Peppers played for the Bears from 2010-13...Packers QB Scott Tolzien attended Fremd High School in Palatine, Ill. ...Packers T Bryan Bulaga played at Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock, Ill. ...Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot was a third-round draft choice of the Bears in 1989 and was a mainstay at center in his eight seasons (1989-96) in Chicago...Green Bay wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett finished his playing career in Chicago (1998-99)...Packers director of player development Rob Davis served as Chicago’s long snapper for all 16 games in 1996...Packers CB Tramon Williams and Bears T Jordan Mills are cousins; both attended Louisiana Tech and Assumption High School in Napoleonville, La. ...Packers DT Letroy Guion and Bears DE Jared Allen were teammates on the Minnesota Vikings from 2008-13...Packers assistant head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss and senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith played at the University of Miami when Bears head coach Marc Trestman was on the coaching staff there...Trestman was an assistant coach for Cleveland while Packers LB Clay Matthews’ father, Clay Jr. played for the Browns...Packers director of research and development Mike Eayrs held the same position in Minnesota when Trestman was on the Vikings’ coaching staff...Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt played for the University of Pittsburgh while head coach Mike McCarthy, Bears quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh and running backs coach Skip Peete were on the Panthers’ coaching staff...Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker played defensive back at the University of Wisconsin from 1992-95 and was on the Ohio State staff when Packers LB A.J. Hawk played for the Buckeyes...Bears offensive quality control coach Carson Walch is from Milwaukee...Bears defensive backs coach Jon Hoke and linebackers coach Reggie Herring worked on Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ staff in Houston...Hoke was also Packers CB Tramon Wiliams’ position coach when Williams was with the Texans during the 2006 preseason...Bears defensive quality control coach Chris Harris played in Carolina when Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac was the Panthers’ defensive coordinator...Packers running backs coach Sam Gash played fullback for the Baltimore Ravens (2000-02) while Cavanaugh was the offensive coordinator...Gash coached for Detroit while Harris and DE Willie Young played for the Lions...Peppers was teammates on the Carolina Panthers with Bears FB Tony Fiammetta and TE Dante Rosario...In 2007, Packers secondary - cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. was the assistant defensive backs coach for the Atlanta Falcons while Bears general manager Phil Emery was the director of college scouting...Packers assistant offensive line coach Steve Marshall was on the same coaching staff for the Browns with Tucker...Packers QB Matt Flynn played on the Oakland Raiders with Bears DE Lamarr Houston...Packers EVP/GM/Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson was the VP of football operations for the Seattle Seahawks when Bears strength and conditioning coordinator Mike Clark was brought on to be the strength and conditioning coach in 2004...Packers RB Eddie Lacy and S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix played at Alabama when Bears wide receivers coach Mike Groh was on the staff there...Packers assistant special teams coach Ron Zook was the head coach at the University of Illinois (2005-11)...Former college teammates include Packers G Josh Sitton and Bears WR Brandon Marshall (Central Florida), Packers WR Jarrett Boykin and Bears CB Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech), Hawk and Bears WR Santonio Holmes (Ohio State), Packers LB Carl Bradford and C Garth Gerhart and Bears DT Will Sutton (Arizona State).
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
- Dec. 29, 2013, at Soldier Field; Packers won, 33-28.
- Green Bay clinched its third straight NFC North title with the win at Soldier Field.
- QB Aaron Rodgers returned from injury to complete 25 of 39 passes for 318 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
- Rodgers connected with WR Randall Cobb, who was playing in his first game since Oct. 13, on a 48-yard game-winning touchdown on fourth-and-8 in the final minute.
- Cobb recorded two receptions and both were touchdowns.
- WR Jordy Nelson finished with a 10 receptions for 161 yards (16.1 avg.).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- Green Bay is one win away from becoming the second team in NFL history with 700 regular-season victories. The Packers (699-539-37) would join Chicago as the only teams to accomplish the feat.
- The Packers are looking for their fifth consecutive win at Chicago (regular and postseason). It would tie for the second-longest winning streak the Packers have had on the road against the Bears (5: 1928-30 / 11: 1994-2005).
- A win would make McCarthy 84-47-1 during the regular season as the Packers’ head coach.
- The Packers’ defense is looking to hold the opposing quarterback to a passer rating below 65.0 for the third game in a row (NYJ-Geno Smith, 64.1 / DET-Matthew Stafford, 61.6).
- Green Bay’s defense has held opponents to under 200 yards passing in two of three games this season.
- QB Aaron Rodgers is 106 yards passing away from 25,000 for his career during the regular season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the players to reach the 25,000 passing yards mark in the fewest attempts are Kurt Warner (3,076) and Ben Roethlisberger (3,109). Rodgers currently has 3,057 pass attempts.
- Rodgers looks to record the 34th 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season.
- WR Jordy Nelson (325), who recorded five receptions last week to pass TE Paul Coffman (322) for the 10th most in franchise history, is 20 receptions shy of tying WR Max McGee (345) for ninth most in Packers’ history.
- Nelson is 59 yards away from becoming the 11th Packers’ player to reach 5,000 career receiving yards.
- If Nelson records at least nine receptions, it will be the seventh game of his career, including the postseason, with nine-plus receptions and would pass WR Antonio Freeman for the third-most games with at least nine receptions among Packers players, dating back to 1960 (Sterling Sharpe, 13 / Donald Driver, 12).
- Nelson has registered at least one reception in the last 26 games he has played in, including the postseason. It is the second-longest streak of his career (27 games, 2010 postseason - 2012 regular season).
- Since the start of 2013 (including the postseason), Nelson has eight games with at least seven receptions, including two games this season. It marks the fourth-most games with seven-plus receptions in the league over that time span (WAS Pierre Garcon, 12 / NE Julian Edelman, 11 / DEN Demaryius Thomas, 9 / HOU Andre Johnson, 8 / CHI Brandon Marshall, 8 / PIT Antonio Brown, 8).
- WR Randall Cobb has recorded at least one reception in 31 consecutive games, including the postseason.
- Cobb has five receiving touchdowns in his last four regular-season games, dating back to last season.
- Dating back to the start of the 2013 season, RB Eddie Lacy has registered at least 20 carries in 10 regular-season games to rank No. 2 in the NFL (PHI LeSean McCoy, 11 / MIN Adrian Peterson, 9 / SEA Marshawn Lynch, 9). The Packers are 7-2-1 when Lacy carries the ball at least 20 times in a regular-season game.
- LB Julius Peppers registered a sack against Detroit in Week 3. It gave him 119.5 sacks for his career during the regular-season, putting him a half sack short of becoming the 17th player in the NFL (since 1982) to record at least 120 sacks.
- On the sack, Peppers forced and recovered a fumble, giving him 40 forced fumbles in his career, the sixth most in the NFL since 1994.
- Peppers has played in 99 consecutive games, which is tied for the third-longest active streak among NFL linebackers (NO Curtis Lofton, 99 / MIN Chad Greenway, 115 / DET Stephen Tulloch, 131).
- After recording a sack in a Week 2 victory over the New York Jets, LB Clay Matthews (51.0) is three sacks shy of tying DE Aaron Kampman (54.0) for No. 4 on the team’s career sacks list.
- In eight career regular-season games against the Bears, Matthews has 7.5 sacks, the most he has recorded against any opponent. He also has registered an interception and a forced fumble aganst Chicago.
- Cobb needs either a punt return for a touchdown or a kickoff return for a touchdown to take sole possession of second place in Packers history for combined returns for touchdowns (Travis Williams, 6). Cobb, who has three returns for touchdowns, currently is tied with six other players.
- Dating back to 2013, K Mason Crosby has made 18 consecutive field goals during the regular season. It is the second-longest streak by a Packers kicker, next to his own record of 23 (2010-11).
- Crosby has played in 115 consecutive games, the longest active streak among kickers.
- Crosby looks to extend his consecutive-games-scoring streak to 116 regular-season games. It is the second-longest streak in franchise history (Ryan Longwell, 144).
- P Tim Masthay needs to land one punt inside the 20-yard line to tie P Craig Hentrich (104) for the franchise record.
stat of the week
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Packers rookie S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the first rookie defensive back in franchise history (since 1982) to have a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery in the first three games of the season.
- In Week 1, he became the first Packer (since 1982) to register a sack and a fumble recovery in his NFL debut. The turnover helped set up FB John Kuhn’s 2-yard touchdown run. Clinton-Dix also finished the game with six tackles (four solo) and a pass defensed in 40 defensive snaps.
- Week 2 saw more defensive action for Clinton-Dix due to an injury suffered by FS Micah Hyde. In 56 snaps he helped the defense limit the Jets to 166 net passing yards.
- Clinton-Dix registered his first career interception in Week 3 and the Packers scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive.
- Dating back to 2000, he joins Charles Woodson (2012), Morgan Burnett (2011), Corey Williams (2007), Nick Barnett (2004) and Darren Sharper (2000) as the only Packers to register at least one interception and one sack in the first three games of the regular season.
- According to STATS LLC, he is one of three defensive backs to record an interception and and at least one sack in the first three weeks this season (CIN Reggie Nelson and MIN Harrison Smith).