The Chicago Bears took on the Green Bay Packers lastThursday night with full momentum on their side after a thrilling overtime win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
But the momentum was gone after the first play on offense once the game started as Mike Glennon was sacked and fumbled, giving the Packers a quick 14-0 lead.
The Bears never recovered.
The loss is just another notch added to a growing trend that is terrible for the Bears as this is their 8th loss in their last 10 games on the road against the Packers. Even worse, all but one of those losses has been by 13 points are more and all have been on national television.
Since 2011, All the of the Bears Packers games played at Lambeau Field have taken place during primetime, whether it be Sunday, Monday, or Thursday night.
The last three contest have all been on Thursday night, with the first one being on Thanksgiving Night back in 2015 which actually was the Bears last win at Lambeau Field with the score being 17-13.
The last two losses have been by a combined score of 37 points and the team has had three quarterbacks play as well, as last season starting quarterback Brian Hoyer broke his arm in the game and missed time last season.
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The first of the consecutive primetime games came on Christmas Day in 2011 when the Bears were blown out 35-21.That game sawJosh McCown made his first start with Bears, the offense did rack up yards, but did turn the ball over twice.
The 2011 team for that game was without quarterback Jay Cutler, running back Matt Forte, and wide receiver Johnny Knox who suffered a career-ending back injury the week before. The loss knocked the Bears out of the playoffs and dropped their record to seven and eight on the season.
From 2012 to 2014, The Bears played the Packers in primetime on a different night each year. The first was a Thursday night game in week two of the 2012 season, the Bears were coming off a blow out victory against the Indianapolis Colts in the season opener and were in high spirits going into the game.
Jay Cutler threw four interceptions and was sacked seven times as the Bears lost 23-10. In 2013 with new head coach Marc Trestman, Bears played on Monday Night in what would be the signature win in Trestman’s ill-fated coaching career with the Bears.
Without Cutler and a very bad pass defense, the Bears upset the Packers 27-20 as backup quarterback Josh McCown started once again and had a phenomenal game throwing two touchdowns and posted a quarterback rating of 90.7.
The Packers lost Aaron Rodgers early in the game due to a broken collarbone which was vital for the Bears winning the game.
Just as the 2013 game at Lambeau was Trestman’s signature win, almost an exact year later, he would suffer his signature loss as a coach and it marked the beginning of the end of his tenure as Bears head coach.
Coming out of a bye week where the week prior the team had been beaten badly on the road against the New England Patriots 51-23, many experts expected the Bears to play the Packers hard, but just the opposite occurred.
Aaron Rodgers posted a historic performance as he threw six touchdowns in the first half alone. To make matters worse, it appeared that many Bears players had all but quit on the field as they showed no sense of motivation or pride to fight back to make the game look respectable. The final score was 55-14 and the Bears had set a franchise record giving up a combined 104 points in two games.
The recent history at Lambeau is not pretty for the Bears organization or the fan base as coaching staffs and players have change, but results have been the same. What makes matters worse is that all these performances have been witnessed in primetime by a national audience which only enhances the severity of the losses.
One can only hope that next season could be the first since 2010 to where the Bears play the Packers in Green Bay on a traditional Sunday afternoon and not in primetime.
With the most recent outcome on Thursday evening, there is only hope that this last Bears game in Green Bay will be the last in a very dubious stretch of bad play against a rival that makes up the NFL’s oldest rivalry.
The Lions back in 2015 snapped a 24-game losing streak when playing against the Packers in Green Bay, if the Lions did it maybe there’s hope for the Bears.