Packers: Five players key to victory in Week 12 vs. Bears

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Green Bay Packers, Allen Lazard

Green Bay Packers, Allen Lazard (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Five players key to victory for the Packers versus the Bears.

It’s the oldest rivalry in the NFL. Some may have surpassed it in terms of prominence in the NFL lately, but to any Green Bay Packers or Chicago Bears fan, this is the best rivalry in the NFL.

Sunday night in primetime, the Packers and Bears will play for the 201st time in the regular season. The Packers lead the all-time series 99-95-6, with each team winning one playoff game a piece.

It’s a rivalry that has been dominated by the Packers since the early 90s. Prior to Brett Favre becoming the quarterback in Green Bay, Chicago held a large 24-game lead over the Packers. Since then because of the Hall-of-Fame play by Favre and now Aaron Rodgers, the Packers have been able to gain a four-game lead and are looking for their 100th win against the Bears.

Chicago started off 2020 hot. On the strength of their defense, the Bears got off to a 5-1 start but have now lost four in a row as their offense has failed to do much.

To be fair, three of the Bears’ past of their four games have come against playoff-caliber teams. The games were against the Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings.

The Bears will be going back to former second overall pick Mitchell Trubisky this week as former starter, Nick Foles, will miss the game due to a hip injury.

Chicago is coming off a bye week and sitting in second place in the NFC North but could make a huge step forward with a win over the Packers Sunday night.

The Packers are coming off a heartbreaking overtime loss that was filled with turnovers and bad decisions. The loss dropped the Packers to 7-3 and within striking distance of the visiting Bears.

Thanksgiving usually signals the start of the stretch run in the NFL. The games become more important and now is when teams start thinking about the playoffs. If the Packers want to take complete command in the NFC North, a win Sunday will do just that.

In order to gain their 100th victory over the Bears, these five players will need to stand out with their performance.

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