The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears will meet for the 191st time on Sunday, the oldest rivalry in the NFL. The Bears lead the series 93-91-6, but the Packers have won 11 of the last 13 meetings. Green Bay outscored Chicago 93-31 in their two meetings a year ago.

The Packers preseason didn’t go as well as they would have hoped. They ended up 2-2, but lost much more than just two games.

On the other hand, the Chicago Bears ended their preseason 3-1 with some impressive wins over the Colts, Browns, and Dolphins. However, they too lost more than just a game this preseason.

In a Week Two battle with the Pittsburgh Steelers, quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a short pass to wide receiver Jordy Nelson who landed on his left leg and suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Rodgers said,

“It’s difficult to lose a guy like that in a meaningless game.”

The Packers quarterback also suggested reducing the amount of preseason games to two.

Nelson will no doubtedly be missed, but with the signing of veteran receiver James Jones, lots of young talent and MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Packers look forward to a fun season.

The Bears might be without two of their top wide receivers for the Week One battle with Green Bay.

The 7th overall pick in this spring’s NFL draft, Kevin White, will miss his entire rookie season with a stress fracture in his shin. If that isn’t enough, Alshon Jeffery hasn’t participated in practice since August 11th. Although, new head coach John Fox is optimistic Jeffery will be ready for the opener against the Packers.

As for the contest between these two rivals, it will be a showdown between an explosive Packers offense and a Bears defense that had one of its worst statistical seasons in team history.

On the other side of the ball, the Bears offense has had its struggles against the Packers defense in the last couple of seasons, especially quarterback Jay Cutler.

Aaron Rodgers has done very well against the Bears going 12-3 (including NFC Championship game) in his career that includes 31 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and 3,692 yards. This includes 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the meetings last season. He will look to continue that dominance on Sunday.

As for Jay Cutler in his career against the Packers, he hasn’t fared so well.

In 12 career starts for Cutler, he has gone just 1-12 (including one season with the Broncos and the NFC Championship game) with 14 touchdowns and 22 interceptions and hasn’t beaten the Packers since 2010. Cutler will look to snap his losing streak against the Packers on Sunday.

Will the Packers be able to recover after the Nelson loss to beat the Bears? Or will Chicago, under 1st year coach John Fox, pull off the upset in week 1 at Solider Field in Chicago?

My prediction is Packers 34- Bears 17!

The rest of my Week 1 predictions are:

Patriots over Steelers
Colts over Bills
Jets over Browns
Panthers over Jaguars
Texans over Chiefs
Dolphins over Redskins
Seahawks over Rams
Chargers over Lions
Cardinals over Saints
Broncos over Ravens
Bengals over Raiders
Bucs over Titans
Cowboys over Giants
Eagles over Falcons
Vikings over 49ers

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