670 Staff Predictions: Bears-Packers

Most of the crew expects a tight game come Thursday evening.

670 The Score Staff
September 04, 2019 - 5:07 pm
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(670 The Score) The Bears and Packers kick off the NFL season when they square off at Soldier Field on Thursday evening. 

Kickoff is set for 7:20 p.m. Thursday, and the game can be heard on air on WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9 FM. You can also listen on desktop computers here.

670 The Score will have pregame coverage with Nick Shepkowski, Patrick Mannelly and Olin Kreutz starting at 5:35 p.m. on the online stream here.

We've had plenty of Bears-Packers preview coverage, all of which you can find here.

Here are our game predictions from our on-air personalities, producers, writers and more.

Chris Emma: Bears 28, Packers 24

David Montgomery will be the Bears’ star on offense, and the defense will hold off a late charge from Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Chris Tannehill: Bears 24, Packers 20

This one won’t be as close as my score indicates, as the Bears defense will pick up right where it left off in 2018, save for allowing a garbage-time touchdown. And the Bears offense will be just good enough while we don’t have any Eddy Pineiro drama … yet.

Connor McKnight: Bears 27, Packers 24

Because why not? Let’s make the difference an Eddy Pineiro field goal too. Life is too short to live with demons.

Dan McNeil: Bears 26, Packers 14

The Bears defense imposes its will on Aaron Rodgers while David Montgomery makes a big splash in his NFL debut.

Danny Parkins: Bears 17, Packers 14

I can’t pick against the Bears in a Thursday night opener in which the home team is 14-3 historically. I think the Bears kick off the season with a game-winning field goal to exorcise the double-doink demons and win a low-scoring contest.

David Haugh: Bears 31, Packers 19

The element of the unknown favors the Packers, but little else does. The Bears can attack Aaron Rodgers, who will be forced to improvise — except this year, his supply of playmakers isn’t quite as plentiful.

Herb Lawrence: Bears 27, Packers 17

The Bears and Packers have had all offseason to prepare for this game, so I base this prediction off of which staff I believe will have its team most ready to play. Because there’s no tape on a Matt LaFleur-led Packers team, the Bears are at a disadvantage in that regard. But the inexperience of LaFleur, lack of live reps in preseason and the Bears’ home-field advantage will be too much for the Packers to overcome.

Jay Zawaski: Bears 28, Packers 17

It’s so hard to make a prediction without seeing either quarterback play in the preseason. I do know that the Bears got better (on paper), while I believe the Packers took a step back. I also know the Bears were better than the Packers last year. Therefore, I have the Bears winning, and I expect a defensive touchdown in the game as well.

Joe Ostrowski: Bears 22, Packers 21

There are so many unknowns — new offensive pieces for Mitchell Trubisky in a developmental season while the Packers paid for help on defense to assist their new head coach. I like the Bears to win a close one but wouldn’t lay the -3 in this spot.

Julie DiCaro: Bears 31, Packers 20

I’m looking for Mitchell Trubisky to make a big jump and the offense to come out and punch Green Bay in the punch. I’m also expecting the Bears defense to not miss a step in the transition from Vic Fangio to Chuck Pagano. 

Nick Shepkowski: Bears 24, Packers 20

The NFC North winds of change blew last December when an Aaron Rodgers pass was deflected by Roquan Smith and intercepted by Eddie Jackson. The new standard in the division takes care of business in Week 1.

Rick Camp: Bears 24, Packers 23

The mystery in scheme that helped the Bears in 2018 will work against them in this game. Mitchell Trubisky will be up and down against a new-look Packers defense, but the Bears defense will slow Aaron Rodgers just enough. Green Bay covers the spread, but Chicago escapes with the win.

Shane Riordan: Bears 28, Packers 17

It came out today that Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro eats a filet mignon cooked to medium-well before every game. Excuse me? Forget the doneness … anyone who CHOOSES to eat a filet over literally any other cut of beef is incorrect and will never perform at their fullest potential. Pineiro doesn’t hit a single field goal or extra point, but the Bears still win.

Tony Gill: Packers 34, Bears 28

Aaron Rodgers is the GOAT.