GREEN BAY (WAOW) -- The last time the Packers opened the season in Chicago, Lynn Dickey was the quarterback, and Bart Starr was the head coach.
Beating their arch-rivals at Soldier Field is never easy, and this year, that added element will make it even more difficult for Green Bay.
"I think that clearly makes for a totally different challenge," Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday morning. "We've got young players that are going to be playing in this rivalry for the first time. We're just really focused on the education and preparation that it takes to win a game against Chicago."
On top of that, the Bears feature a fresh coaching staff. They're now led by John Fox, who's taken two different franchises to a Super Bowl during his 13-year career as a head coach.
The Packers expect this Bears team to be more poised than the one they beat 55 to 14 last November.
"There's a clear cut philosophy and I think it runs through all three programs he's coached," McCarthy said. "The belief in running the football, stopping the run. They've done an excellent job in taking care of the football and taking the football away. I think those are common threads that run through all the teams he's coached."