First Look: Packers at Bears

The Green Bay Packers start the season at Chicago against the rival Bears. Sunday's game starts at noon at Soldier Field.


LAST GAME: 11/9/14 — Bears 14 at Packers 55. Green Bay WR Jordy Nelson has 2 TDs and 152 receiving yards on six catches (25.3 avg.). Packers QB Aaron Rodgers throws for 315 yards and six TDs.

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/28/14 — Packers 38, Bears 17. Green Bay QB Rodgers passes for 302 yards and four TDs. Packers WRs Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb combine for 221 receiving yards and four TDs.

REFEREE: Craig Wrolstad

BROADCAST: FOX (noon): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 135 (GB), 83 (Chicago). XM: 226 (Chicago).

PACKERS NOTES: Last year, won division for 22nd time in team history and fourth in row…Mike McCarthy has led team to playoffs in 7 of his 9 seasons as head coach…QB Aaron Rodgers was named NFL MVP last year and had 112.2 rating, only QB in NFL history with six consecutive seasons with 100-plus rating. Had 149 rating, 10 TDs, 0 INTs, 617 yards (308.5 per game) and 72.7 completion percentage (40 of 55) in two games vs. Chicago last year (2-0)…RB Eddie Lacy rushed for 1,139 yards and had 13 TDs (nine rushing, four receiving) in 2014, first Packer with 1,000-plus rush yards and 10-plus scrimmage TDs in each of first two NFL seasons. Last year, WR Randall Cobb had career-high 91 catches, 1,287 yards and 12 TDs. Has five TDs in past three vs. Chicago and aims for fourth meeting in row with TD catch…LB Clay Matthews led team in 2014 with 11 sacks and his four career 10-plus sack seasons are tied for most in team history. LB Julius Peppers is only player in NFL history with 100-plus sacks (125.5) and 10-plus INTs (11). CB Sam Shields was named to first career Pro Bowl last year…GB outscored Chicago 93-31 in two games in 2014.

BEARS NOTES: Head coach John Fox makes Chicago debut. In 13 seasons as head coach with Carolina and Denver, has 127-96 (.570) overall record, seven playoff berths, six division titles and two Super Bowl berths…QB Jay Cutler has 129 career pass TDs with Chicago and needs nine to pass Hall of Famer Sid Luckman (137) for most in team history…RB Matt Forte had 102 receptions in 2014, most by a running back in NFL history. Also rushed for 1,038 yards and joined LaDainian Tomlinson (2003) as only RBs with 1,000-plus rush yards and 100-plus receptions in same season. Has 90-plus scrimmage yards in 30 of past 37 games…WR Alshon Jeffery has 174 catches for 2,554 yards and 17 TDs in past two seasons. Is one of five in NFL during that span with 170-plus catches, 2,500-plus yards and 15-plus TDs. Aims for sixth in row at home with TD catch. Martellus Bennett led NFL tight ends last year with career-high 90 catches…Since 2004, Jared Allen leads NFL with 134 sacks. Safety Antrel Rolle ranks second among active S with 26 INTs. CB Kyle Fuller had four INTs and three forced fumbles in 2014.

STREAKS 8 of past 9  
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike McCarthy: 13-6 John Fox: 2-4
PASSING Rodgers: 341-520-4381-38 (1C)-5-112.2 (2L) Cutler: 370-561-3812-28-18-88.6
RUSHING Lacy: 246-1139-4.6-9 (T3L)  
RECEIVING Cobb: 91-1,287-14.1-12 (T3C)  
OFFENSE 386.1 (3C) 327.1
TAKE/GIVE +14 (1L) -5
DEFENSE 346.4 377.1
SACKS Matthews: 11 Young: 10
INTs Hayward: 3 Fuller, Mundy: 4
PUNTING Masthay: 44.1 O'Donnell: 43.8
KICKING Crosby: 134 (T2C) (53/55 PAT; 27/33 FG) Gould: 55 (28/29 PAT; 9/12 FG)

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