GREEN BAY – I will give thanks for:
- The opportunity to witness and help chronicle an event that will live in immortality.
- Another night of entertainment, provided by fearless men and the fans that cheer them.
- Bad weather. I like to watch it from the comfort of the press box.
- My memory. At the end of the day, as Mike McCarthy is fond of saying, it’s my most valued possession.
- “Ask Vic” and packers.com. They define me.
- My family, for waiting for me.
- Football. I can’t imagine my life without it.
- Postgame press conferences. They write my stories.
- My December friend. He’s only betrayed me a few times. He hasn’t betrayed me since I came to Green Bay.
- January. I’m already excited for it.
- My friends. They’re scattered throughout the country. Football introduced us.
- The turkey in the press box on Thursday night. It won’t be a Norman Rockwell scene, but it’s my scene and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
- The Packers. For an experience I would’ve otherwise never known.
- The Jaguars. For the chance to grow.
- The Steelers. For my start.
- Coaches McCarthy, Del Rio, Coughlin, Cowher and Noll. Each one taught me something new.
- Joe Greene. He taught me about human confrontation.
- Aaron Rodgers’ social conscience. I like writing about good people.
- This editorial and the opportunity it affords me to express what’s in my heart.
- The glass in the press box. Through it, I see everything.
Here are 10 things the Packers have to do to beat the Bears.
1. Run the ball – Because it’s run-the-ball weather.
2. Secure the ball – It’s big in any game, but it’s especially important in bad weather.
3. Get a body on Bennett – Tight end Martellus Bennett is the Bears’ leading receiver. He’s especially good in the red zone.
4. Stack success – This is the time of the season for doing it.
5. Define the event – History will prominently record Thursday’s event. The outcome of the game will define it.
6. Block McPhee – Linebacker Pernell McPhee is the Bears’ top pass rusher.
7. Play for the past, too – With a win, the Packers will even the all-time series.
8. Catch the ball – The quarterback needs to know he can depend on his receivers.
9. Bid farewell to November – It began with three straight defeats. Make it end with consecutive wins.
10. Unleash the hounds – Six sacks against the Vikings likely have Jay Cutler’s attention.
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