Lovie Smith Injected Life Into Packers-Bears Rivalry

Posted: 11th September 2009 by Peter Bukowski in NFL
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When Lovie Smith arrived in Chicago as the new man in charge five seasons ago, he had a major, but specific goal, “Beat Green Bay.”  At that time, Green Bay was the only division champion the new NFC North had known, and was a perennial winner in the previous NFC Central.  In fact, from 1995-2008, the team in green had won seven of 14 division crowns.   In Chicago though, they’d won just one division title since a guy named Ditka left town. Even in 2001, when the Bears went 13-3, they were swept by Green Bay. The oldest rivalry in football had lost its luster, because even if the games were close, they didn’t matter since Green Bay was going to win more games than Chicago anyway. Within a year of making his famous anti-Packer decree, the Bears ha ...

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