Ready for some football? Packers take on Bears in regular-season opener on Sunday

CHICAGO -- The Green Bay Packers will travel to Chicago to take on the Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday, September 13th. It'll be the first time since 1981 the Packers open the season in the Windy City.

For those who don't have tickets to the game, you can watch it only on FOX6 starting at noon. Play-by-play man Joe Buck will be joined by color commentator Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Erin Andrews.

According to, Sunday's matchup will be the 191st between the Packers and Bears -- it is the NFL's oldest rivalry. The Bears hold a 93-91-6 edge in the series. Even so, the Packers have won four of the last five matchups against the Bears in games played in September.

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy has said during the off-season he wants his team to get off to a fast start in the regular season.

"These are the most difficult games, early in the season, to win -- because of the unknowns. The average is what, 30% unscouted looks that occur in the opening game," McCarthy said.

"Especially against a new coordinator, a new coaching staff -- it's always going to be difficult.  But I think, at least personally in my position, the older guys, the more film you study, really the more concepts and things you begin to see -- so that'll be the biggest thing," Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said.

"It'll be nice to really go in with a game that, you know, means a lot in the standings. It means a lot in the first goal which is winning your division," Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said.

"I'm definitely fired up -- going against a rival, we're getting into the division right away. I know those guys will be ready, so we just have to get prepared. We have a couple days. Hopefully we'll be ready," Packers cornerback Casey Hayward said.

Under head coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 13-6 against the Bears during the regular and postseason -- including 7-3 on the road. In all but one of the 13 winds under McCarthy, Green Bay scored at least 20 points.

Oddly, Sunday is the Packers lone NFC North game in the first eight contests. Green Bay will finish the regular season with five of the final eight games against division opponents.

The Packers went 2-2 in the pre-season, defeating the New Orleans Saints 38-10 last Thursday evening.