Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
I'm sure it hasn't happened that much, but when was the last time the Bears made a trade with the Green Bay Packers?
The Bears and Packers haven't made a trade since Aug. 29, 1998. Maybe they should swap players on a more regular basis because the last deal turned out pretty good for both sides. The Bears acquired running back Glyn Milburn in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick that the Packers used to take receiver Donald Driver. Milburn returned two kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns in his first season with the Bears and was voted to the Pro Bowl in his second year in Chicago as a return specialist. He eventually set the franchise's all-time record for kickoff return yards, a mark that was later broken by Devin Hester. Driver, meanwhile, was selected to four Pro Bowls and became the Packers' all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards while playing his entire 14-year NFL career in Green Bay.
I know the Bears have struggled defensively the past couple years. But how long has it been since they recorded a shutout?
The Bears' last shutout was on Nov. 18, 2010 when they beat the Dolphins 16-0 in Miami on Thursday Night Football. The Bears registered six sacks—including three by Julius Peppers—held running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams to a combined 11 yards on six rushes and allowed the Dolphins to convert only 1-of-11 third-down opportunities. Israel Idonije, Henry Melton and Brian Urlacher also had sacks for the Bears, who yielded only 187 total yards. After advancing to the Bears' 35-yard line on the game's opening possession following a 46-yard kickoff return, the Dolphins ran only two plays in Chicago territory the rest of the night.
I've been hearing that Lions receiver Calvin Johnson is going to retire. Did "Megatron" put up his best numbers against the Bears or did it only seem like it?
It's not only your imagination, Steve. Calvin Johnson's 96 receptions and 1,480 yards in 17 games against the Bears are his most versus any NFL team. However, he has 90 catches for 1,409 yards in 16 contests versus the Packers, which works out to slightly more on average per game in both categories against Green Bay. Interestingly, Johnson recorded his only two 100-yard games of the 2015 season against the Bears, so if Megatron is in fact retiring I don't think many people in Chicago will shed any tears.