Green Bay Packers Open Against Hated Bears

Steven FinchCorrespondent IMarch 26, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 16:  Defensive end Aaron Kampman #74 of the Green Bay Packers tries to evade the block of offensive tackle John Tait #76 of the Chicago Bears as he pressures quarterback Kyle Orton #18 during NFL action at Lambeau Field on November 16, 2008 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bears 37-3.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The NFL has granted the Green Bay Packers a primetime match up for the first week of the 2009 season.

That game will be played on Sunday Night Football in Lambeau Field, against their hated rivals: The Chicago Bears.

As a Packer fan, this gives me some excitement, in a boring off season so far.

We will get to see, no matter where we live, how the new defense will work out.

We must not forget though, that this years opponent is a lot different that last years.

The Packers opened their 2008 season against the Minnesota Vikings, a game they won 24-19, in front of the largest regular season crowd in Lambeau Field history (71,004).

That was a different Vikings team, than the one who won the division by seasons end.

The Vikings were led by unproven quarterback Tavaris Jackson.

He stumbled coming out of the gate, making only two starts, out of the teams first 13 games.

In those first two games, Jackson could only accumulate 308 yards passing, and one touchdown. That was enough for the team to move in another direction.

The rivalry between the Packers and the Bears, stretches over a century long, and I for one am glad: When they play each other, they leave it all out on the field.

Any team could win the game, regardless of their record, or superstars.

Twice a year, you get to witness history. 

Even with this hatred toward each other, being at a game against the Bears in Lambeau is one of my most favorite pasttimes.

Talking smack, while sharing a beer with your arch nemesis.

Good people, are born in the Midwest.

But, in the end I will always chant: Bears still suck!

So for all of you who want to see how the game of football is really played.

Just tune into NBC at 7:30 CT. on September 13, 2009, and you will see history., the


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