The Chicago Bears, in their current state, can’t seem to help themselves from talking trash about the Green Bay Packers as they gear up for their Week 1 clash. It’s almost becoming embarrassing for a franchise that once boasted storied achievements.
Fresh off a dismal three-win season, a performance that landed them dead last in win percentage among all 32 NFL teams, the Bears somehow believe it’s their time to shine in a series that has been dominated by the Packers for the past three decades.
Over the last 64 games against the green and gold, the Bears have managed to win only 16 times, yielding a measly .25 winning percentage. This may actually feel like an undefeated streak compared to their dismal 2022 campaign. In the Matt LaFleur era alone, they’ve slumped to a demoralizing 0-6 record against their Green Bay rivals.
The Chicago Bears haven’t been shy to run their mouths about the Green Bay Packers heading into their Week 1 matchup at Soldier Field.
However, this hasn’t deterred them from approaching their Week 1 showdown with unwavering confidence. Second-year safety Jaquan Brisker seems to be itching for the matchup. “I’m itching,” Brisker boldly declared, “It’s Packers week. People hate Green Bay. I hate Green Bay. I can’t wait. They ain’t get to see me last year, but they’re gonna get to see me this year.”
But perhaps the most audacious pre-game trash talk came from Justin Jones. Acting much like a little brother taking refuge behind a parent while taunting his bigger, stronger, and older sibling, Jones had quite the commentary about Packers’ fans, labeling them as “shi*y, obnoxious, and half of them don’t even know football.” He then went on to express a fervent desire to have beaten the Packers during Aaron Rodgers’ tenure. If only, buddy, if only.
The pinnacle of premature trash talk arrived this week when Jones boldly claimed, “Obviously, Green Bay, you want to beat them as many times as you can, just for the sake of the city. For the city of Chicago, Illinois in general. This rivalry here has been going on for a long time, and we’re about to be on the other side of that now. We’re going to be the ones to give the beatdown. We’re not getting beat by them anymore, it’s going to be us from now on. So that’s kind of how I see it, and it starts Sunday.” These are audacious words coming from PFF’s 111th-ranked defensive lineman in 2022.
However, despite the bluster, the Packers must be adequately prepared for Week 1, a game in which they’ve suffered resounding defeats in the past two years. While the Bears appear highly enthusiastic about this game, Green Bay must match their intensity to ensure they continue their dominance in this rivalry.
It’s undeniable that the Packers are vulnerable, but this smacks of the Bears getting ahead of themselves and allowing their excitement to cloud their judgment. Chicago is coming off a woeful 3-14 season, a fact the Packers should be more than eager to remind them of with another “L” on Sunday. Until evidence proves otherwise, it’s clear that the Bears’ purr is far bigger than their bite.