GREEN BAY, Wisc. (WBAY) The oldest rivalry in football will renew Sunday in Chicago with the 198th meeting between the Packers and Bears.
Green Bay holds a 97-94-6 edge in the series, however, bragging rights aren't the biggest thing at stake this week.
“Yeah, it’s a big game, big game, it's a rivalry game,” Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark said. “They’re always big, and yeah just a big game to keep us in the hunt.”
The Packers kicked off the year with a narrow 24-23 victory over the Bears. Fourteen weeks later, Chicago is leading the division and on Sunday, knocked off the NFC leading Rams with 2nd year quarterback Mitch Trubisky back under center.
“You know, I imagine a lot of those guys are watching the game last night,” Packers Interim Head Coach Joe Philbin said. “I would think, the intelligent men that they are, they know that we're going to have to play an awfully good football game on Sunday at noon in Chicago.”
“They’re getting more under control,” Clark said. “The quarterback, he's getting more under control. He's just looking way more comfortable. I mean, I haven't gotten a chance to look at all the film yet, but watching the game last week, they (Bears) were doing a little bit of the same things they were doing. I would say Trubisky looks way more comfortable the first game of the season.”
Despite vastly improving from the season opener, Trubisky can still be rattled. The Rams got him to throw three interceptions and sacked him once in Sunday night’s game. The Packers hope they can have the same effect on him.
“The pass rush really, really helped the Rams,” Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander said. “You know, that's why he (Trubisky) threw the three interceptions. You know, get pressure in his face seems kind of rattled him a little bit, so I feel if we do that we can probably get some interceptions. I mean, I haven't had a pick in a long time, so we'll see how it goes.”