The Chicago Bears kick off the 2023 regular season with a home game against their bitter rivals, the Green Bay Packers. No NFL fan needs to be reminded of the one-sidedness of this rivalry during the Aaron Rodgers era, but earlier this year, Rodgers was traded to the New York Jets, officially ushering in a new era for the Packers.
In an unprecedented run of quarterback stability, Jordan Love will be just the third Week 1 starting quarterback for the Packers since 1992.
The Bears also hope a new era will begin in 2023 with quarterback Justin Fields. Granted, he’s been the starter since early in the 2021 season, but that season was the last before a major regime change. With the 2022 season an obvious rebuilding year, 2023 feels like Justin Fields’ first real chance to prove he’s a franchise quarterback.
The way the 2023 NFL schedule was set, the winner of this rivalry game will have bragging rights for months, as they do not face each other again until Week 18. Both teams desperately need an emphatic win to start the season with momentum after experiencing disappointing 2022 finishes.
Here are three keys for the Chicago Bears to secure that win.