First Look at Packers at Bears

We have the key stats and notes from both teams as the Packers (9-4) go for the NFC North title at Chicago (8-5) at Soldier Field.

Green Bay Packers (9-4) at Chicago Bears (8-5)

KICKOFF

Noon, Sunday, at Soldier Field.

BY THE NUMBERS

Points for: Packers 24.8 (No. 10). Bears 23.7 (No. 14).

Points against: Packers 21.5 (tie, 13th). Bears 16.8 (No. 3).

Turnover margin: Packers plus-7 (No. 10). Bears plus-13 (No. 4).

Packers offense vs. Bears defense: GB — Total: 345.8 (No. 17. Rushing 107.7; No. 18. Passing 238.1; No. 12.). CHI — Total: 314.2 (No. 5. Rushing 108.7; No. 12. Passing 205.5; No. 6.).

Packers defense vs. Bears offense: GB — Total: 351.8 (No. 17. Rushing 116.7; No. 15. Passing 235.2; No. 17.). CHI — Total: 314.8 (No. 28. Rushing 122.4; No. 10. Passing 192.5; No. 17.).

BRIEF HISTORY

The Packers have won four in a row and seven of the last nine. Mike McCarthy is 9-5 against the Bears; Lovie Smith is 8-10 against the Packers.

TEAM NOTES

PACKERS: Have won 11 division games in row…QB Aaron Rodgers aims for 6th consecutive win vs. Chi. (incl. playoffs). In past 3 vs. Chi., has 9 TDs, 2 INTs & 117.4 rating. Packers are 25-0 when he starts & has 115+ rating. In past 9 vs. division, is 9-0 with 21 TDs, 4 INTs & 117 rating…WR-PR-KR Randall Cobb is only player in NFL with 900+ KR (927), 700+ rec. (777), 200+ PR (255) & 100+ rush (132) yards. WR James Jones ties for NFC lead with 9 rec. TDs. In past 2 vs. Chi., WR Jordy Nelson has 12 catches for 199 yards (99.5 per game) & 2 TDs. In past 2 at Chi. (incl. NFC Champ), WR Greg Jennings has 17 catches for 249 yards (124.5 per game). TE Jermichael Finley had career-high 3 TDs in last game at Chi. In last meeting, P Tim Masthay threw 27-yard TD pass to TE Tom Crabtree… Defense had 7 sacks & 4 INTs in Week 2. CB Tramon Williams had 2 INTs in last meeting. Has NFC-best 15 INTs since 2010 (incl. playoffs). LB Clay Matthews had 3.5 sacks in last game vs. Chi. In past 2 meetings, has 3.5 sacks, INT & FF. CB Casey Hayward leads rookies with 5 INTs.

BEARS: QB Jay Cutler has won 9 of past 11 starts at home. Incl. playoffs, when he has 100+ rating, his teams are 26-1…In past 2 at home vs. GB (incl. NFC Champ), RB MATT FORTÉ has 242 scrimmage yards (121 per game), incl. 170 rec. yards. RB Michael Bush has 5 rush TDs with all 5 at home…WR Brandon Marshall has team-record 101 catches. Is 4th player in NFL history with 4 100-catch seasons. Has 85 catches for 1,128 yards (112.8 per game) & 8 TDs in past 10…Defense has 7 INT-TDs, tied for 3rd most in season in NFL history. CB Charles Tillman leads NFL with 9 FFs & ties for NFL lead with 2 INT-TDs. LB Lance Briggs also ties for NFL lead with 2 INT-TDs. Since entering NFL in 2003, Tillman has 37 FFs, most by DB. Is only player with 30+ INTs (32) & 30+ FFs in that span. CB Tim Jennings leads NFL with 8 INTs. DE Julius Peppers had 2 sacks in last meeting. Has 6 sacks in past 7 vs. GB. DT Henry Melton leads NFC DTs with 6 sacks.


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