NFL: Ranking the Four Best Rivalries in the League

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3. Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers

Dec 16, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Mike Neal (96) is congratulated by nose tackle B.J. Raji (90) for sacking Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) during the second half at Soldier Field. The Packers beat the Bears 21-13. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Even when the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears aren’t doing well, their games are intense.

The two teams have lots of history, and they have continued to treat fans to great football. The two squared off in the 2011 NFC Championship Game, and the game was a nail-biter.

Overall, the Bears lead the all time series with a record of 92-89-6. The teams have only met twice in the playoffs, but even in the regular season, the games feel like playoff games.

The Chicago Sun-Times wrote that Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall strongly dislikes the Packers, and other Bears players aren’t extremely fond of the Packers either. According to the article, Charles Woodson ripped Jay Cutler after Green Bay’s Week 2 win in 2012. He said, “It’s the same old Jay. We don’t need luck. He’ll just throw us the ball.”

Green Bay and Chicago have both done well lately, as there has only been one sub-seven-win season between the two teams since 2006 (when the Packers won six games in 2008). The two teams have consistently provided fans with intense games, and that has helped this long-standing rivalry stay strong.

No two teams have played more games than the Packers and Bears, and no two teams have kept playing good games and kept a rivalry going as well as the Packers and Bears.

Their fans don’t like each other, and the players aren’t too fond of each other. In addition, the last 10 games between the two teams have been decided by 14 points or less, and the only one game decided by 14 points happened to come on Christmas Day.

There hasn’t been a season without a primetime game between the Bears and Packers since 2005. In that season, the two teams squared off on Christmas, so it’s safe to say that the NFL values the rivalry.

The games are intense, the players and fans don’t like each other and the teams have history. There’s not much more you can ask for when it comes to these two teams, and that makes this rivalry one of the NFL’s best.