November 4 was a date that was circled by every Chicago Bears fan when the NFL regular season schedule was announced. November 4 is when the Bears play the Green Bay Packers for the first time this season.
In a season where the top priority is evaluating whether or not Jay Cutler is indeed the franchise quarterback for the Bears, November 4 would have been the first test. The Green Bay Packers have owned Cutler since the quarterback was acquired by the Bears. But this season was supposed to be different. This season was one where the Bears had a solidified offensive line; a legitimate tight end; and a offense that was up to date. This offense was built for Cutler to succeed against the Packers. November 4 will no longer provide any answers for the Bears and their decision on Cutler. Barring a miracle, Cutler is not going to be playing on November 4 against the Packers.
Instead, Josh McCown will be playing in place of the injured Cutler. That doesn’t bode well for the Bears and their chances of ending their losing streak against the Packers.
Dating back to January of 2011, the Bears have lost six straight games to the Green Bay Packers. Beyond that, the Bears have lost 8 of their last 9 games against the Packers.
The Bears return to Green Bay for the first time since September of last season. The Bears last game in Green Bay was memorable. Not for anything that happened on the field as the Packers cruised to 23-to-1o victory, but for what happened on the sidelines. During the game, television cameras caught Cutler chewing out offensive lineman J’Marcus Webb on the sideline and eventually shoving the lineman.
Webb is no longer on the team as that is one of the reasons why the Bears offensive line has been much improved this season. But that likely will not do much to correct the Bears recent losing ways against the Packers.
Despite their recent string losses, the Bears still have winning record against the Packers. The Bears have defeated the Packers 92 times against 88 losses and 6 ties.