Maggie's Pre-Game Six Pack - 2021 Week 14

The Packers and Bears will face off this week on Sunday Night Football, marking the 16th consecutive season the division rivals have played in a prime time contest. Here are some eye-popping statistics to keep in mind for matchup No. 204 in the all-time series. 

1. Big Kenny, Big Decembers

Defensive lineman Kenny Clark seems to find another gear in the month of December. He’s played in 85 regular season games, and in those games has 22.5 sacks. However, in his 20 December games, Clark has tallied 10 sacks. That means almost half of his career sacks have come towards the end of the season in the month of December.

Clark has four sacks so far this season and 10 quarterback hits. Per Pro Football Focus, his 47 quarterback pressures tie Aaron Donald for second amongst all interior defenders behind only Jeffery Simmons with 49. 

The Packers will take on the Chicago Bears this week for Clark’s first December opportunity, and coincidentally, his best statistical game of the season came in Week 6 when Green Bay played Chicago for the first time this year. It was his only two-sack game of the season. Clark has played in 10 games versus the Bears and has 4.5 sacks in those contests, including a second two-sack performance in 2019. 

2. Bottom of the B(e)arrel

The Bears offense this season is, to put it politely, not very good. The unit ranks 30th in the NFL in points for, scoring an average of only 16.8 points per game. The offense is also last in the NFL in passing yards this year, averaging only 173.75 yards per game through the air. Chicago’s 10 passing touchdowns rank 30th, along with net yards gained per pass attempt (5.3). 

When it comes to the Packers and Bears rivalry, Green Bay’s defense has been on a ridiculous stretch. Per the dope sheet, since 1994, the Packers have only allowed the Bears to score more than 28 points one time in 55 regular season matchups. Think about that! In 54 out of 55 games, with Chicago’s one outlier coming in Dec. 2007, the Packers have held the Bears under 28 points. 

For what it’s worth, Chicago has yet to score more than 27 points this season, and has scored 20 or more points only six times in 12 games. Additionally, thanks to an eye-popping statistic from Packers.com’s Insider Inbox, if Green Bay’s defense allows under 26 points in a game, the tandem of Aaron Rodgers and Head Coach Matt LaFleur are 33-0. 

3. A Trio of Bear Killers 

Recency bias certainly plays a role here, but two players that seem to always have Chicago’s number include wide receivers Davante Adams and Randall Cobb. Per the dope sheet, Adams (71) and Cobb (66) have the most career receptions against Chicago among active NFL players. They also have the most career receiving yards (Cobb, 928; Adams, 903) and career receiving touchdowns (Cobb, 9; Adams, 8). Unfortunately, Cobb will miss some significant time with a core injury and won’t get to add to his stats on Sunday night. 

Perhaps no one is more familiar with Chicago than Rodgers, who exclaimed “I still own you!” after a rushing touchdown at Soldier Field in Week 6. Rodgers has a 22-5 record against the Bears, including an overall passer rating of 105.9. Per the dope sheet, Rodgers has posted a passer rating above 125 with multiple touchdown passes in each of his last three games against the Bears, and he’s currently gone five straight games without throwing an interception against Chicago. His 57 touchdowns against the Bears are a team record. 

4. Differing Differentials

The Packers and Bears fall on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to protecting the football. Green Bay is +9 in turnover differential, giving the ball away only 10 times this season on offense and forcing 19 turnovers on defense, including 12 interceptions through 12 weeks. The team is undefeated this season when forcing at least one turnover on defense. 

Chicago, on the other hand, is tied for third-last in the NFL at -8 in turnover differential. The team only has five picks and six forced fumbles through 12 games while giving the ball up 19 times. In fact, the Bears have only played two games this season without a turnover on offense. Last week against the Cardinals, Chicago turned the ball over four times. In the first game between rivals, quarterback Justin Fields threw one interception. He’ll get the start on Sunday over Andy Dalton.

5. Lambeau Victory Laps

Per the dope sheet, the Packers have won 11 of the last 13 meetings against the Bears at Lambeau Field. In those 13 home games, Green Bay has outscored Chicago 361-195. 

In the all-time series, the Packers are 50-42-4 against the Bears at home, including a 29-20 record at Lambeau Field. That means Green Bay can clinch its 30th win against the Bears at Lambeau Field this Sunday on Sunday Night Football. This is also the 10th time in the last 11 years that the Packers and Bears have played at Lambeau Field in prime time. 

The Packers are currently on a five-game win streak against the Bears, with the team’s longest win streak at 10 games between 1994-1998. LaFleur is also 5-0 against the Bears and has not lost to Chicago as Green Bay’s 15th head coach. 

6. Something Amos in Chicago

(Get it? Like their secondary play is amiss without him?) Former Chicago safety Adrian Amos is playing the best football of his career with the Green Bay Packers. Amos spent four seasons with the Bears and played in 60 games with 56 starts. In those games he had three interceptions, 18 passes defensed, two sacks, 274 total tackles, and two quarterback hits. 

With the Packers, Amos has started every single game, playing in 44 regular season contests to date. He already has six interceptions, 23 passes defensed, and three sacks in those 44 games with 234 total tackles and five quarterback hits. 

Amos has snagged an interception against Chicago in each of his first two seasons with the Packers, including his debut in Green & Gold Week 1 against the Bears in 2019. He almost had a pick when the two teams met in Week 6 of this season, but the interception in the end zone was overturned. If Amos is able to haul in a pick on Sunday (or really any time the rest of the regular season), his three (or more) interceptions in 2021 will set a new career high. 

 

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Maggie Loney is a writer for Cheesehead TV and podcaster for the Pack-A-Day Podcast and Pack's What She Said. Find her on Twitter at @MaggieJLoney.

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SterlingSharpe's picture

December 10, 2021 at 06:25 am

We are SO fortunate, lucky, blessed, to have been able to own these guys since the early 1990's.
Thank you Brett & Aaron.

If I remember correctly, the only time the Bears have been able to beat us is when Shea McLellin broke Rodgers collarbone & the one game the Packers dominated them but James Jones had a couple fumbles.

We've had some great big W's over them from the 2010 NFC Championship game BJ Rajo pick-6, to Cobb's last second 4th down division-winning TD (Kuhn block) and a long late one to Jordy.
My personal favorite was the game at Lambeau on NBC Primetime where we led 42-0 at halftime!
2014 I believe.

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packanimal's picture

December 10, 2021 at 07:16 am

You're right: it's been a great run.

My favorite (which I luckily attended) was the 2018 home opener. Rodgers was carted off in the second quarter, to the cheers of the unfortunately large contingent of Bears fans. Huntley came in and dished up a pick-6. We trailed 20-0 in the third and 20-3 in the fourth. Then Rodgers led the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in franchise history. When Cobb scored the 75-yard TD with a couple minutes left, he sliced across the field coming right at where we were sitting. I've never heard Lambeau that loud.

Enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6OATIupK34

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NickPerry's picture

December 10, 2021 at 06:35 am

HAHA... Remember when Bears fan claimed HHCD was better than Amos and they had clearly won that swap of Safeties? Adrian "Smash" Amos has been HUGE for this secondary and now after nearly 3 full regular seasons in the books after Gutes "Spending Spree" a few years ago in FA, Smash has been the most important signing IMO. Turner has been good and Z Smith a terror when he played, but Amos is the CONSISTENT safety the Packers needed for years.

I'm REALLY bummed about Cobb because if nothing else he gives the Packers a reliable threat other than Adams in the "Gold Zone" and on 3rd down. IF the Packers can make it to the NFCCG and beyond, I have a feeling Cobby makes it back, and makes a difference. Against the Rams he was AWESOME.

Can't wait till Sunday night. As much as the Packers needed that bye week, Sundays just aren't the same when the Packers aren't on the schedule. GO PACK GO!

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Brockrice99's picture

December 10, 2021 at 09:01 am

We need to start and come out hot. The last few years coming out of a bye we have come out very lackadaisical, which has led us to getting blown out. We need to come out hot and firing on both sides of the ball. Win at the line and we win this game easy. The Bears rely on running the ball, if Kenny and Dean feast in the middle we will win. We can run well with AJ and Jonesy so we need our inside guys to get a good push on guys like Hicks, so we can run in down their throat then bam hit them over the top with a shot to Davante or MVS.

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Leatherhead's picture

December 10, 2021 at 09:31 am

The info on Clark confirms what I said at the beginning of the season; Big guys play better in cold weather. They do. I’m not sure why, exactly, but I repeatedly see this happening. The guy who looked slow and fat in September is a better player in December.

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dobber's picture

December 10, 2021 at 10:23 am

Because we big guys hate to be hot.

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NitschkeFromTheGrave's picture

December 10, 2021 at 02:24 pm

My two favorite teams.......
Green Bay Packers and WHOEVER IS PLAYING the Chicago Bears.

Now go out there and hit somebody.
Go Pack

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ricky's picture

December 10, 2021 at 12:29 pm

The Bears cut Amos because they didn't think he made enough big, "flash" plays. He was steady and reliable, but they wanted more. So they signed "Ha Ha" Clinton-Dix when the Packers cut him. C-D was just cut by the Raiders, and it appears his football career may be over at age 28. Meanwhile, Amos has flourished on the Packers. Something to keep in mind- sometimes a change of scenery is just what a player needs. And more proof that the Bears still suck!

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