Packers-Bears: Notes, quotes

Packers haven't lost to Bears in Illinois since Dec. 5, 1993

The Packers have lost only once in 13 games with Brett Favre at quarterback as the visiting team against the Bears, and that rarity occurred Dec. 5, 1993 - a 30-17 setback at Soldier Field, where Favre completed a team-record 36 passes in 54 attempts for a personal-high 402 yards.

-- Having won the last 11 annual meetings with the Bears in Illinois, the Packers on Sunday will try to equal the NFL record of 12 straight road wins against the same opponent. The record is shared by the Los Angeles Rams (against San Francisco from 1969 to '80) and San Francisco (against the L.A./St. Louis Rams from 1987 to '98).

Ten of the wins in the current streak for the Packers took place at Soldier Field. The other triumph was in Champaign in 2002, when the Bears played their home games at the University of Illinois during the renovation of Soldier Field.

-- Since taking over as the Packers' starting quarterback early in the 1992 season, Favre is 11-1 at Soldier Field. It's the most wins he's compiled at a road venue, and they're topped only by the 77 victories he's registered at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

-- Favre is 21-5 all-time against the Bears. He's thrown a touchdown pass in all 26 games, the longest streak in NFL history against one opponent. Favre has amassed 51 TD throws at Chicago's expense, the most he's had against one opponent. The total ranks third in league history.

-- WR Donald Driver needs a catch Sunday to extend his streak to 60 games with a reception, which would tie RB Edgar Bennett for second place on the team's all-time list. WR Sterling Sharpe holds the record with 103 straight games.

-- Favre needs one touchdown pass to extend his NFL-record streak of consecutive 20-touchdown seasons to 12. He also needs 286 passing yards for his 14th 3,000-yard season, which would break a first-place tie with Dan Marino in league annals.

-- The NFL's oldest rivals are finally meeting for the first time this season. The Dec. 4 matchup is the latest the division foes have played their first game since Dec. 13, 1998. The rematch will be Christmas Day in Green Bay.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm sure Bears fans across the country don't feel sorry for the Packers. We've been on top a long time. It is what it is. It's the hand we've been dealt this year. We've had a chance to win a lot of games this year and didn't. I don't see this week being any different. We'll play hard and give them our best and hopefully we find a way to pull one out. But, we haven't been able to do that. I give them a lot of credit - they have a great season going. They're winning games that they have to win. Something we haven't done. They're going to go on in the postseason, and we're not." - Packers QB Brett Favre on how the fortunes have been reversed for 2-9 Green Bay and 8-3 Chicago this season.

Chicago Bears notes, quotes
Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye can't be blamed for the Bears' shortcomings against the Packers. He's played in the rivalry just once, and the Bears won that game 21-10 in Week 2 last season. Ogunleye was on injured reserve for last season's finale with the Packers, but he's heard all the talk about the Bears' losing streak at home against the Packers and quarterback Brett Favre's 12-1 career record as a visitor against the Bears.

"I haven't been a part of that, so I could care less about how many he's won," Ogunleye said. "I'm just hoping that he's not going to be able to get this next one."

Bears coach Lovie Smith said he doesn't have to provide much motivation to any players this week, regardless of how few games they've played in the rivalry.

"Believe me, we know about the 11-game streak they have going against us right now," Smith said. "It's Packer week. We know everything that that entails. We need to beat them; we realize that. We're not going to have to give a lot of George Halas speeches this week to get the guys ready to go. We realize what's at stake."

-- Smith has always expressed great admiration for Packers quarterback Brett Favre, but that only goes so far.

Smith was asked if he would be sorry to see Favre go when he retires. "What do you think?" Smith said with a smile. "He's a good football player. He's meant an awful lot to our game. He's a great competitor; good for our division. Brett has had his share of success against us and other people. Once he leaves, it will be a sad day, but I'll call him and thank him for leaving."

-- Defensive end Alex Brown earned his second career NFC defensive player of the week award for last week's two sacks, four pass breakups and one forced fumble.

"It means a lot to me," said Brown, who said he's having the most fun of his four-year career. "We're winning. You can't have fun if you're 5-11 (2004) or 4-12 (2002). There's no fun in that. We're 8-3, and it's a lot of fun."

It was the second consecutive honor for a Bears defender. Cornerback Nathan Vasher earned defensive honors in Week 11. Brown's first award came last season, when he had four sacks against the Giants on Nov. 7.

QUOTE TO NOTE:
Asked if he would compare Bears rookie QB Kyle Orton to a young Brett Favre, Bears WR Muhsin Muhammad responded: "Seriously?" Pressed on the matter, Muhammad said: "They're both in the black-and-blue division. Is that it? I think that's going to sum it up right there."

BY THE NUMBERS
The Bears have scored more than 20 points just once in the past nine weeks and not at all in the last six of their seven straight victories.

2 - Times the Bears, who are yielding a league-low average of 10.9 points per game this season, have held the Packers to as few points in 26 meetings since 1992 with Favre at quarterback.

In games contested at Green Bay, the Bears won 21-10 in 2004 and prevailed 30-10 in 1992, Favre's first start against Chicago.


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