By: Alex Patt
The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have arguably the most historical rivalry in NFL history. They have been playing each other for nearly a century and both fanbases traditionally get energized for the match up. However there was a big lack of energy at Soldier Field on Sunday.
For the first time since 2008, the Bears were favored over the Packers going into Sunday’s game. The Packers ended up winning the game without Aaron Rodgers by a score of 23-16 which angered Chicago fans as they dropped to 3-6. The Bears have not beaten the Packers at Soldier Field since 2010 and are overall 43-62 since 2011 while the Packers have been to the playoffs every year since 2009. Head coach John Fox has been in Chicago since 2015 and is 12-29 with only three divisional wins in that time.
Fox’s seat is on fire and another bad Bears team is making fans angry beyond belief. They are tired of losing and Soldier Field, a stadium that has traditionally sold out all games has been taking a hit the last few years. Sunday’s game against Green Bay saw an official crowd of 55,661 with over 5,000 seats unused. In addition, the crowd dwindled even more in the second half as the Bears trailed Green Bay throughout the game.
Tickets to Bears games are among the most expensive in the league and Soldier Field is not easy for many suburban people to get to. It is hard to spend a lot of money on an entire day when the team has been bad for years now. Sure, the weather was not great, but that has not stopped crowds from showing up in previous years. This has to hit the McCaskey family hard, and they have to realize the state of the franchise is taking a toll on the team.