Chicago (1-2) at Green Bay (2-1), 8:25 p.m. on CBS and NFL Network. It’s a meeting in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst as a pair of NFC North rivals open action in week four. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers welcome Chicago to Lambeau Field for a Thursday night showdown in upstate Wisconsin. Da Bears and Packers will meet for the 195th time (including playoffs), the most meetings between two teams in NFL history and Thursday’s game marks the first matchup between the two franchises with both teams coming off overtime wins in the previous week at home.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers connected on a 72-yard pass with wide receiver Geronimo Allison in overtime and kicker Mason Crosby converted a 27-yard field goal to give the Packers a 27-24 victory over Cincinnati last week. Cincinnati led 21-7 at the half before Green Bay rallied to tie things up and then took control of things in overtime after the Bengals failed to score in their first possession in overtime. The Packers used a 5-play, 70-yard drive that took 77 seconds to come away with the win. Rodgers threw for 313 yards and three TDs, two to Jordy Nelson and ranks second in the NFL with 967 passing yards (322.3 per game) and has thrown for at least 300 yards with in all three games this season. Green Bay was outrushed by Cincinnati 110-64 and the Bengals’ Andy Dalton threw for 212 yards with a pair of TDs and three sacks in the overtime affair at Lambeau. Green Bay went 7 of 15 on third down and held the ball for 29:21, while the Bengals, who dropped their third in a row, went 4 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 34:17.

Chicago running back Jordan Howard rushed for 37 yards in overtime, including the game-winning 19-yard touchdown in the Bears’ 23-17 win against Pittsburgh in Week 3. Howard (164 scrimmage yards, two rushing touchdowns) and rookie running back Tarik Cohen (102 scrimmage yards) both eclipsed 100 scrimmage yards in Chicago’s first win of the season. Da Bears led 17-7 at the break at Soldier Field before the Steelers stormed back in the second half of regulation, sending the contest into overtime in the Windy City. Chicago won the toss in overtime and wasted very little time if any in front of the home crowd, using a 4-play, 74-yard drive that used a whopping 93 second to send Bears fans home happy.

Chicago rushed for 220 yards in the contest, with Howard leading the way on the ground, while holding the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger (235 yards, TD, three sacks) to 70 yards on the ground. For Chicago, Mike Glennon threw for 101 yards and a pair of TDs in the contest. Da Bears were 4 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 33:59, including the game-winning drive in OT, while the Steelers were 4 of 11 on third down and held the ball for 27:34.

Including games played at Wrigley Field, Milwaukee County Stadium and the University of Illinois, the series between the two NFC North rivals is tied at 93-93-6 and Da Bears have outscored the Packers 3,300-3,284. However…. Green Bay has won three of the last four meetings, including sweeping the season series in the 2016 campaign (Chicago’s last win in the series came in 2015, when they took a 17-13 victory in Green Bay).

Round one… week seven at Lambeau Field. It was the Davante Adams show in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst as he and Rodgers connected on a pair of TD passes to help the Packers take a 26-10 win. Green Bay led 6-3 at the half before turning on the afterburners in the final 30 minutes of play. Green Bay outrushed Chicago 103-69 and Rodgers (39 of 56) threw for 326 yards in the Thursday night victory. The Packers on third down conversions at Lambeau were 9 of 16 (they went 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 39:36, while Da Bears went 2 of 8 on third down and kept the ball for 20:24.

That was round one.

Round two… week 15 at Soldier Field. Gametime temperature? A balmy 11 degrees with a wind chill of -4 (there’s a word for that, kids…. BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!) in the Windy City. Unlike the first meeting, where the weather was a bit warmer (kickoff in Green Bay was a somewhat warm 47, by Wisconsin standards), the contest was a lot closer but Green Bay completed the sweep, winning 30-27. This time, Green Bay led 27-10 after three quarters (Green Bay and Chicago were tied at 10 at the half), before Da Bears stormed back to tie things up 27-27 when Connor Barth connected on a 22-yard field goal with 79 seconds left in regulation. Green Bay then proceeded to use the rest of the time on the clock and take the contest as the clock struck :00 when Mason Crosby connected on a 32-yard game-winning field goal. Green Bay’s Ty Montgomery led all rushers with 162 yards and a pair of rushing TDs (the Packers outrushed Chicago 226-95), while Rodgers (19 of 31, 252 yards, four sacks) did not have a TD pass in the contest. The Packers took advantage of four Chicago turnovers, going 3 of 10 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 32:47 (including the final 79 seconds of the contest), while the Bears held the pigskin for 27:13, going 3 of 8 on third down.

In the week seven contest at Lambeau, Green Bay was favored by 8 1/2 and won by 16, covering the spread. Both teams missed the 45 1/2 over/under by combining for 36 points. The Packers were favored by 6 1/2 but won by 3… however, both teams covered the 42 over/under by combining for 57 points.

The Packers are a 7-point favorite at Lambeau and the over/under’s 45 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Green Bay’s in a three-way tie for first with Minnesota and Detroit, while Da Bears sit in the NFC North cellar. Chicago has given Green Bay problems the last two times they met and we don’t expect things to change. Bears make it close at Lambeau but Green Bay prevails in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst.

Broadcast Information: 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon Prime: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter), Jay Feely (Field reporter); Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli

Referee: John Hussey

Injury Report

Chicago
OUT: S Quintin Demps (Forearm)
DOUBTFUL: LB Nicholas Kwiatkoski (Chest)
QUESTIONABLE: C Hroniss Grasu (Hand), G Josh Sitton (Ribs)

Green Bay
OUT: CB Davon House (Quadricep)
DOUBTFUL: T David Bakhtiari (Hamstring), T Bryan Bulaga (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Mike Daniels (Hip), LB Nick Perry (Hand)

Weather: Partly cloudy and 63 degrees.

Broadcast information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League, logo courtesy the Green Bay Packers and the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.

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