If a recent history is any indication of how Thursday night football is contest between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will play out, the Bears will actually have the quarterback advantage.
Over the last 12 games, Brian Hoyer’s numbers have been better than Aaron Rodgers’. During that time span, he’s completed 63.4 percent of his passes and thrown for an average of 262 yards per game with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions to go along with a 94.1 passer rating. Rodgers, meanwhile, has completed only 58.6 percent of his throws and averaged 226.8 yards per game with 20 touchdowns and nine picks to complement an 83.3 passer rating. This week, Rodgers said he must be more accurate to fix his woes.
“I just think it’s accuracy,” he said, via ESPN. “I’ve missed a couple [throws] that I’m used to hitting. And you hit those and you take away the throwaways, being able to hit some things on some of those plays instead of extending and throwing the ball away, and we’re right where we need to be.”
When it comes to this game, though, Rodgers’ performance is almost irrelevant. As long as he doesn’t have a catastrophic meltdown, the 3-2 Packers should still be expected to defeat the 1-5 Bears. It’s been another nightmare season in Chicago and there are few signs it will get much better. Then again, the Bears were equally terrible last year and did defeat the Packers, 17-3, at Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving night. Anything is possible.
How to Watch
Time: 8:25 p.m. ET
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.
TV: CBS/NFL Network
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson