The struggling Chicago Bears travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers in a key NFC North matchup that will live stream on Twitter as part of the social media platform’s Thursday Night Football package. The game matches Chicago’s surprising quarterback Bran Hoyer against a future Hall of Famer who has so far this season fallen on hard times in Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers.
Amazingly, the 31-year-old journeyman is now playing for his fifth NFL team in his eight-year career after the New England Patriots signed him as an amateur free agent out of Michigan State in 2009. Hoyer has put up numbers over his last 12 games that equal or surpass the stats posted by Rodgers, who will collect $19,250,000 in salary and bonuses this year, compared to a flat $2 million for Hoyer.
Reading through our research team's TNF notes like come onnnnnn......... pic.twitter.com/IBaMTVkl9l— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 18, 2016
But in his five games, including four starts, for the Bears this season, Hoyer’s solid numbers have not translated into results for the team, as the Bears won only one of those games. While Hoyer’s passer rating of 100.8 easily if improbably outshines Rodgers’ 88.4 number in his five games with the Packers, Green bat stands in second place at 3-2 behind the undefeated 5-0 Minnesota Vikings, while Chicago languishes in the division basement at 1-5.
Hoyer’s completion percentage of 66.8 ranks him third in the NFL. He remains interception-free in 130 pass attempts, while Rodgers has already tossed four picks in 181 throws.
If those trends continue — and Hoyer can figure out how to find the end zone, throwing six touchdown passes to 10 for Rodgers — the Thursday Night Football matchup could see an upset in the making, which would be a near-disaster for Green Bay, who would drop to seventh overall in the NFC, placing the Pack on the outer fringes of playoff contention.
Watch a preview of the Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers Thursday matchup from CBS Sports, with analysts Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms, in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers NFL Thursday Night Football game, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:25 p.m. Central Daylight Time at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Thursday, October 20 — 8:25 p.m. Eastern Time/5:25 p.m. Pacific.
What to expect from Brian Hoyer in Week 7 vs. Packers https://t.co/wOEqjc2cC6— BearsWire (@TheBearsWire) October 20, 2016
Quarterback matchup aside, the Bears have largely been in disarray this season, and the Packers, while they have perhaps underperformed, remain the better overall squad. Las Vegas oddsmakers see Green Bay playing at home as a 7 1/2-point favorite. Most experts pick Green Bay to walk away with this one in one-sided fashion.
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To find out which of the two NFC North rivals, the Green Bay Packers of Chicago Bears, will manage to keep pace with Minnesota, and which falls further out of contention in the division — and to take part in the free Twitter live stream of the NFL Thursday Night Football game — go to the Twitter live stream page by clicking on this link. On mobile devices, the live stream will appear in the “Moments” section of the Twitter app. Fans who prefer to watch the live stream on their TV sets can do so using the Amazon Fire, Apple TV or Xbox devices, by downloading the Twitter app for those set-top streaming boxes as well.
As part of Twitter’s plans to syndicate its NFL live stream across the internet, the Sports Illustrated website becomes the first to carry the Twitter live stream. See the Chicago Bears Vs. Green Bay Packers game on the SI site by clicking on this link.
Finally, fans who receive the NFL Network on their cable or satellite systems will be able to view the conventional, non-Twitter live stream of the Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers game on Thursday at this link.
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