The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will meet for the 194th time on Sunday at Soldier Field.
It will be the second meeting between the teams this season but this one could be historic.
When the teams kickoff, temperatures at Soldier Field are expected to be at zero degrees, according to early forecast models from The Weather Channel. If that is indeed the temperature at kickoff, it will be the second coldest game in Bears history.
The coldest game came against the Vikings in 1972, with temperatures at -3 to start the game, with wind chills dropping to -19.
Not surprisingly, the second and third coldest games in franchise history were against Green Bay. In Week 16 of the 2008 NFL season, the Bears hosted the Packers on Monday Night Football with the kickoff temperature at 2 degrees.
The two teams also met in a game at Soldier Field on December 18, 1983 in which the temperature was 3 degrees at kickoff. The wind chill was recorded at -15 degrees.
It’s December and cold in Chicago but it’s a little surprising that just two degrees is the record right now, especially since the Bears have been playing football since 1920.
The last time the Bears hosted a game in this type of weather was Week 14 of the 2013 season against the Dallas Cowboys. That game was also on Monday Night Football and the Bears ended up winning 45-28.
Sunday’s wind chill is forecasted at -15 degrees, making an interesting setting for one of the final home games of the year.
Other stats of note:
- With a win on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers will tie the all-time series record between the two teams at 94-94-6. Chicago has lost five of the last six matchups.
- The two teams are almost even in points in the all-time series. Chicago has scored 3,304 points, while Green Bay has scored 3,305 in the 193 meetings.
- Chicago entered Week 14 with just five defensive pass interference penalties on the season. They had three against the Lions, ranking them 13th in the league.
- The Bears are one of two teams with three players that have seven or more sacks. Willie Young leads the team with 7.5 followed by Leonard Floyd and Akiem Hicks with 7.0 each. The Vikings are the only other team.
- Defensive back Cre’Von LeBlanc ended a 41-game streak by recording the Bears first pick-six since 2014, when Ryan Mundy had one against the New York Jets.
- With the LeBlanc interception, Chicago forced turnovers on back-to-back possessions for the first time since Week 16 of the 2015 season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- The Bears are the only team in the NFL with two rookies who have scored defensive touchdowns this season.
- Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ranks fourth in the NFL in passer rating at 101.1. He had a passer rating of 102.2 in Week 7 against the Bears and has a streak of four-straight games with a passer rating of more than 100.
- The Bears have a total of 33 sacks on the season, ranking fifth in the NFL. On the other side of the ball, the Bears have given up just 24 sacks, which is the ninth-fewest in the league.
- Rookie running back Jordan Howard needs to average 90 yards per game in the final three weeks to break Matt Forte’s franchise rookie rushing record. Howard currently needs 270 yards to do it.
- Howard is currently averaging 4.99 yards per carry, good for third most in the NFL. He’s been very good after contact as well. The running back is averaging 3.06 yards after contact per rush.
- Bears quarterback Matt Barkley has had 15 dropped passes by receivers in 119 attempts this season. To compare, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has 11 drops in 395 pass attempts.
- Leonard Floyd’s eight points on a touchdown and safety are the most for a Bears defensive rookie since 1960, excluding special teams players.