The 2013 NFL live stream online and TV games schedule brings several games at the 4 p.m. time slot, but one of the biggest comes from the NFC North division. Both the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers are technically still alive for a playoff spot, but only one can claim it. The winner of this game at Chicago's Soldier Field today not only takes the division, but also the playoff spot. The latest NFL live streaming and televised game comes to fans from a variety of sources on Sunday afternoon.
According to an ESPN.com game report from Dec. 29, today’s game features the 7-7-1 Green Bay Packers with a road record of 3-4 against the 8-7 Chicago Bears who are 5-2 at home. Among the big news heading into this game is the injury situation for Green Bay, as Aaron Rodgers was announced as “expected to play” in this game earlier this week. The former Super Bowl-winning quarterback was out for seven straight games after getting hurt against Chicago.
While Rodgers is back, linebacker Clay Matthews is out due to an aggravated thumb injury this past Sunday. He’ll be replaced by Mike Neal, but the top defensive playmaker for Green Bay will surely be missed. Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears will hope that home field advantage can help them bounce back from a lopsided loss last weekend to the Philadelphia Eagles. Had they won the game, Chicago would’ve clinched the division and a playoff spot.
First-year coach Marc Trestman says he told the team to forgot about that loss and have “good amnesia.” Trestman told the media:
"I've got to be the voice of reason. I’ve got to see the big picture. Every coach handles themselves differently in these situations, and there's no right way to do it for coaches because they all handle them differently. This is the way we've done it, trying to maintain some practicality works in this case."
While Green Bay appeared in the 2013 postseason for two rounds, Chicago missed the NFL playoffs last season, plagued by injuries. Coming into today's game, the two teams appear to be evenly-matched in terms of scoring on offense and their defense. Chicago scores 27.8 per game, which is about 2 points more than Green Bay averages. However, Green Bay has limited teams to 26.7 points a game, while Chicago is allowing three points more.
With the postseason on the line, some fans may be questioning which quarterback will go for the Bears. It appears that Jay Cutler will get the start, but should he falter like last week, don’t be surprised to see Josh McCown get into the game. McCown has a 66.5% completion percentage along with 1,829 yards passing, 13 touchdowns and only one interception. Compared to Cutler’s 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, some fans may prefer seeing McCown back on the field.
Odds makers have Green Bay as favorites today, due to the fact their star quarterback is in the lineup. Green Bay opened as 3-point favorites and have remainder around that number at most sports books. The over/under is set at 51 to 51 points at various books. Weather is expected to be moistly cloudy, but there’s a 40% chance of snowshowers early, with a kickoff temperature around 23 degrees and a wind chill of 10 degrees.
Sunday's matchup featuring the Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears has a scheduled start time of 4:25 p.m. EST. This game will be televised on local FOX affiliate stations around the nation, mostly by region. Fans with NFL Sunday Ticket from DIRECTV can watch on pay-per-view, while those who have premium edition can watch on mobile devices. The game may also be available live streaming for mobile viewers on Verizon NFL mobile. Audio coverage is available through NFL Audio Pass and SIRIUS XM Satellite radio with Bears coverage on SXM 86 (Internet 805) and Packers coverage on SXM internet 811. For those who want to watch a full on-demand replay of the game online, check into NFL Game Rewind through the NFL website.