One of the NFL's classic rivalries will take center stage on Sunday Night Football when the Chicago Bears visit Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers. Both teams are coming off bye weeks, with the Bears looking to avenge a 38-17 loss to Green Bay in Week 4 and the Packers hoping to erase the bad taste of their last Sunday night game, a 44-23 blowout loss to the Saints.
Despite what should be a chilly evening in Green Bay, this NFC North matchup has the potential to be a shootout. In their last meeting, the two teams combined for more than 850 yards, and the two high-octane offenses led by Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers are nearly identical when it comes to output. The Bears are putting up 353.6 total yards per game and have the No. 11 passing offense in the league. The Packers average a healthy 346.1 yards and have the 13th-ranked passing offense.
The similarities continue on defense, with Green Bay 25th in the NFL in total yards per game allowed (379.2) and Chicago's defense at No. 21 (372.4 yards). It could mean another big night for ace wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who caught two touchdowns last time these two teams played and leads the Packers with 737 receiving yards. Bears running back Matt Forte, who had a monster game against Green Bay with 122 yards rushing and 49 receiving, should also be positioned for success. Forte is third in the league with 1,052 yards from scrimmage this season.
There's been a lot of drama surrounding the Bears this year, so a win over their biggest rivals would be huge, and could be just what the team needs after losing four of its last five games. The Packers, on the other hand, have won four of their last five, but are still looking up at the Lions in the NFC North standings. A divisional game at home might not be one they can afford to lose.
How to Watch
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay
When: 8:30 p.m. ET
Announcers: Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth
The Packers are 7.5-point favorites at home and the over/under is 53.5, according to OddsShark.