The NFL on Christmas Day's lone game is the Chicago Bears against the Green Bay Packers. The Bears will head to Green Bay in a classic NFC North rivalry game on Sunday Night Football, but without Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, the game loses a bit of it's luster.
"Green Bay is our rival. They've dominated the rivalry here lately and we have to take a stand," Bears head coach Lovie Smith said about the game. Quarterback Josh McCown looks to get his first start since the 2007 season when he started nine games for the Oakland Raiders. McCown came in relief of Caleb Hanie last week, throwing only two passes with an interception. Without running back Matt Forte and Jay Cutler in the mix, the Bears offense has fallen off a cliff and has relied on it's defense. Despite good play from the Bears defense, Chicago has still lost four games in a row.
The Packers on the other hand finally tasted defeat for the first time in the 2011 season, falling to the Kansas City Chiefs. With injuries on the offensive side of the ball to wide receiver Greg Jennings, the Packers normally explosive offense could only muster 14 points. "Everybody's disappointed with the loss and the opportunity to have an undefeated season," coach Mike McCarthy said. "But the reality is upon us. We have it at home, against the Bears, and that's what we need to get ready for."
The playoffs and the number one seed are all but wrapped up for the Packers, so it will be interesting to see how they play out the football game. The Packers talked about the want to go undefeated, but one has to wonder if the team will pull some starters late in games as they get ready and healthy for the playoffs.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, December 25; 8:20pm ET
Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
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