The Chicago Bears have had a feisty 2017. After falling five yards short of upsetting the Falcons in Week 1, they finally got a breakthrough win by upsetting the visiting Steelers last Sunday. They’ll try to keep that momentum rolling when they take on the division rival Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football, starting at 8:30 p.m. ET and broadcast live on NFL Network/NBC in local markets (live stream).
Chicago overcame a phantom penalty and one of the weirdest plays of 2017 to fend off Pittsburgh in overtime, relying on the one-two punch of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen at tailback. That duo rushed for 216 yards to gash a rising Steelers defense, and their presence will put plenty of pressure on an embattled Packers linebacker corps. Green Bay ranks 25th in the league in run defense despite playing ground-challenged teams like the Seahawks and Bengals to start its season.
Time, TV channel, and streaming info
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.
- TV: NFL Network (CBS in local markets)
- Streaming: Amazon Prime
- Odds: Green Bay is favored by 7.5 points.
Bears at Packers news:
- If you give Aaron Rodgers a stupid play from the sideline, he’s gonna let you know about it.
- Chicago will be without veteran safety Quintin Demps after he suffered a broken arm in Week 3.
Demps, 32, had 12 tackles in three games before breaking his arm against the Steelers and hadn't yet flashed the playmaking ballhawk ability Chicago originally signed him away from the Houston Texans for. Nevertheless, his loss and veteran presence will undoubtedly be felt, at least in the short term, as swing safety Adrian Amos will now step in next to rookie safety Eddie Jackson.
- Rodgers finally got his win over the Bengals, and he did it in dramatic fashion.
The Packers pulled it off, but most of regulation was tough sledding for Green Bay.
Part of the challenge for Rodgers was that the Bengals were able to sack him six times. Green Bay had Kyle Murphy filling in for starting left tackle David Bakhtiari. Brian Bulaga, the starting right tackle, was active, but left the game with an ankle injury.
- Chicago’s run game could make Bears’ play-action play-calling extremely valuable against Green Bay.
The lone Mike Glennon touchdown pass was off of play-action. There was also a head-scratcher that resulted in a sack. The bigger question mark though is why not use it more when your rushing attack is so good? The Bears rushed 38 times for 220 yards, and that includes a few snafus by Glennon.
Will Mike Glennon play well enough to hold on to his starting role?
Glennon was gifted a $45 million contract to be Chicago’s starting quarterback months before the franchise decided to trade up in the 2017 NFL Draft and select UNC passer Mitchell Trubisky. The veteran was supposed to play mentor while holding down the team’s top spot this fall, but his uninspired play could thrust his forced protege into the spotlight sooner rather than later. Glennon threw for just 101 yards last week against Pittsburgh, opting for short, low-yield passes that belie his inability to make big plays. If the Bears need a spark against their NFC North rival, Trubisky could get the call after an impressive preseason.
Bears at Packers prediction:
Seven of our eight experts, as well as OddsShark’s computer, took the Packers to win in their Week 4 picks.