CHICAGO (3-5) at GREEN BAY (5-3)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 7:30 p.m., NBC
OPENING LINE: Green Bay by 7
RECORD VS. SPREAD: Chicago 3-5, Green Bay 3-4-1
SERIES RECORD: Bears lead 93-90-6
LAST MEETING: Packers beat Bears 38-17, Sept. 28, 2014
LAST WEEK: Bears had bye, lost to Patriots 51-23 on Oct. 26; Packers had bye, lost to Saints 44-23 on Oct. 26
AP PRO32 RANKING: Bears No. 23, Packers No. 8
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Game No. 190 in NFL's oldest rivalry. ... Bears have lost 10 of last 12 against Packers, including playoffs. ... Chicago won last meeting at Lambeau Field 27-20 on Nov. 4, 2013, game in which Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was knocked out with left collarbone injury following sack by DE Shea McClellin. ... QB Jay Cutler is franchise leader in career passer rating (84.7), yards passing per game (226.7) and 300-yard passing games (11). ... With 38 career TDs rushing, RB Matt Forte is one score shy of tying Gale Sayers for fourth place in franchise history. ... WR Brandon Marshall has 252 receptions since joining Bears in 2012, second most in NFL in that span behind 269 for Houston's Andre Johnson. ... Martellus Bennett's 47 catches second among NFL tight ends to the 49 for New England's Rob Gronkowski. ... DE Jared Allen leads NFL with 130 sacks since 2004. ... Packers are 7-1 in games after bye weeks under coach Mike McCarthy. ... Packers have scored at least 30 points in first three home games for first time dating back to 1921; 37 points per game at home lead NFL. ... Rodgers 11-3 against Bears as starting quarterback. ... WR Jordy Nelson two TD catches short (42) of passing Billy Howton for eighth place in franchise history. ... WR Randall Cobb has at least one reception in 32 straight regular-season games. ... LB Clay Matthews has 7 1/2 sacks and two interceptions in career against Bears, most he has against any single team.
FORTE'S CARRIES: Maybe relying on Matt Forte more on the ground will help get the Bears going.
He ran for 122 yards on 23 carries against Green Bay, reaching season highs in both categories in a game in which quarterback Jay Cutler was intercepted twice in the third quarter of a 38-17 loss. The Packers led 21-17 at the half before shutting out Chicago in the second half to start the Bears' miserable five-game stretch.
Forte is seventh in the league in rushing with 562 yards. With the weather forecast in Green Bay calling for a 50 percent chance of snow showers Sunday and a high of 39 degrees, conditions might be ripe to do more running.
GETTING TO A-ROD: The last time the Bears visited Lambeau Field, they beat the Packers 27-20 on Nov. 4, 2013. There was one huge factor in Chicago's favor that night.
"Shea took out Aaron Rodgers," linebacker Lance Briggs joked.
He was referring to teammate Shea McClellin's first-quarter sack that knocked Rodgers out with a collarbone injury.
Going into Sunday, Rodgers is getting over a tweaked left hamstring. Otherwise, he has been playing very well this season with 19 touchdowns to just three interceptions.
"You never count him out," Briggs said. "I've played good defense against him for 58 minutes out of the game and the last minute, he throws a bomb and they win the game. You have to be on your toes for the whole 60."
OFF GUARDS: The Bears will have Jared Allen back after the defensive end missed the teams' first meeting because of illness. The Packers could be without their two best offensive linemen with guards Josh Sitton (toe) and T.J. Lang (ankle) missing practices with injuries.
At the least, Sitton and Lang may not be 100 percent. If they can't go, McCarthy would likely turn to Lane Taylor and J.C. Tretter — who was just activated off injured reserve following a knee injury — to man the guard positions.
FAST STARTS: Only the New York Jets have allowed more first-half points than the Bears, who have been outscored 137-89 in the first two quarters. Scoring early just happens to be a strength for the Packers, outpointing foes 136-89 before halftime.
Rodgers said he would prefer that McCarthy defer more in taking opening kickoffs, but the quarterback will certainly take the results.
"We've scored I think four out of five on first drives. That does a lot for your defense when you're giving them the lead when they take the field," Rodgers said.
CUE CUTLER: It hasn't been a good first half of the season for Jay Cutler, even with his current 95.8 quarterback rating at a career high. He's still making questionable decisions and committing turnovers — like in the Bears' first game this season against the Packers.
Green Bay, especially, is a sore spot for Cutler. He is 1-9 against the Packers, including 0-3 at Lambeau Field. Cutler been intercepted 10 times to just two touchdowns in Titletown, completing 48 percent of passes.
— Genaro C. Armas/The Associated Press
|Turnover Margin (+8)||2||3|
|Points Scored (27.8)||3||6|
|Points Allowed (23.9)||8||19|
|Total Offense (346.1)||8||17|
|Total Defense (379.3)||13||25|
|vs. Rush (153.5)||16||32|
|vs. Pass (225.8)||7||9|
|Third-Down Offense (42.2%)||7||12|
|Third-Down Defense (47.1%)||15||30|
|Red-Zone Offense (64.5%)||4||7|
|Red-Zone Defense (51.7%)||2||8|
|Passing: Rodgers (113.6)||1||1|
|Rushing: Lacy (428)||10||17|
|Receptions: Nelson (50)||4t||9t|
|Rec. Yds.: Nelson (737)||4||8|
|Interceptions: Shields/Hayward (2)||12t||17t|
|Sacks: Peppers (4.0)||11t||26t|
|Turnover Margin (-3)||10t||23t|
|Points Scored (22.5)||4||19|
|Points Allowed (27.8)||15||29|
|Total Offense (353.6)||6||13|
|Total Defense (372.4)||10||21|
|vs. Rush (110.1)||6||13|
|vs. Pass (262.3)||11||23|
|Third-Down Offense (43.9%)||4||7|
|Third-Down Defense (43.2%)||8t||20t|
|Red-Zone Offense (69.2%)||2||5|
|Red-Zone Defense (52.8%)||5||11|
|Passing: Cutler (95.8)||5||11|
|Rushing: Forte (562)||4||7|
|Receptions: Forte (58)||1||2|
|Rec. Yds.: Jeffery (563)||9||18t|
|Interceptions: Fuller (3)||2t||5t|
|Sacks: Young (7.0)||3t||8t|