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Sunday Night Football Open Thread: Bears v. Packers

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Join us for this age-old rivalry of the Midwest, as NFC North division rivals clash at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Talk Sunday Night Football on Battle Red Blog in this open thread.

Jonathan Daniel

If you recall, last week I told you that there were six teams in the NFL without cheerleaders.  Tonight you get to see two of them face off in this tilt on the frozen tundra.  The temperature at kickoff is expected to be in the low 30's (F), with a 30% chance of precipitation and a chance of snow flurries.  Now I understand why cheerleaders are not part of the venue!

The Packers are in second-place in the NFC North with a 5-3 record.  They beat the Bears 38-17 in Chicago in week-4 of this season, a rare game in which neither team punted the football.  The same thing happened in week-8, when the Packers lost to the Saints 23-44 in New Orleans.  As much as we love Shane Lechler of the Houston Texans, I'd love to see a game where we never needed to punt.  I'm certain Aaron Rodgers will do all he can to pull off that hat-trick again tonight.

The Bears are in last-place in the division with a 3-5 record, and Jay Cutler has really been struggling.  They have been unable to beat good teams this season, and were humiliated last week in a 51-23 rout by the Patriots in New England.  To add insult to injury, Lamarr Houston ruptured his right ACL while performing a celebration after sacking Patriots' backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in garbage time.  He was placed on injured reserve, ending his 2014 season.

Also out for the rest of this season for the Bears, is offensive guard Matt Slauson with a torn pectoral muscle.  You may recall Slauson from his days with the New York Jets, when he destroyed Brian Cushing's left ACL with an illegal peel-back block in 2012.  That guy isn't getting any sympathy from me!

NFL.com shows both teams relatively similar in stats:

Division rivalries are usually great battles.  The Packers should be able to take care of business at home, but "Any Given Sunday" can make this a game worth watching.  That's especially true if Matt Forte has anything to say about it, as he can spark the Bears into action against a questionable Packers' run-defense.

This is Sunday Night Football for the 10th week of an NFL season that is blowing by way too quickly.  What else are you going to do?  It's not like the Rockets are on tonight.  Grab a cold beverage, and settle in for the evening.  The floor is yours, and the usual rules apply.