CHICAGO (CBS) — With the Bears in rebuilding mode and the Packers among the Super Bowl favorites again this year, Chicago can’t afford to make mistakes in the season opener at Soldier Field if it hopes to beat its arch-rivals.
“You have to play a perfect game,” Bears radio analyst Tom Thayer told WBBM Newsradio’s Josh Liss on Friday. “One thing about Green Bay being within their system for quite a few years, you can’t count on them making a lot of mental mistakes, or a lot of fundamental errors. So here it is about the Bears playing a perfect football game, and it’s not out of the realm of possibility, because it’s a lot of aspects of the Bears defense that Green Bay will not be familiar with.”READ MORE: 2 Men Shot While Sitting In Car In Humboldt Park
One thing to watch on Sunday at Soldier Field will be the play of rookie nose tackle Eddie Goldman, who will be getting the start while veteran nose tackle Jeremiah Ratliff serves a three-game suspension. Thayer said he thinks Goldman has the skills to be an impact player but added the rookie will need to avoid being fooled by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ use of the hard count to draw the defense offsides.
“His challenge is just going to be discipline on the line of scrimmage. Don’t listen to Aaron Rodgers’ cadence. Move when the ball moves,” Thayer said.READ MORE: Chicago Radio Sportscaster Les Grobstein Dead At 69