WHEN: tonight, 7:15 CT
WHERE: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
TV: NBC, Al Michaels, John Madden, Andrea Kremer
SERIES: 174th meeting (including one postseason game). Bears lead 88-79-6 and had won three straight before the Packers upset them 26-7 in the regular-season finale in 2006 at Soldier Field, when Brian Griese and Rex Grossman combined to throw five interceptions. The Packers won 18 of 20 from 1994-2003.
PREDICTION: Bears 21-16
KEYS TO THE GAME: To take pressure off the struggling passing game, the Bears need to get more out of RB Cedric Benson, who has proven to be far more effective inside than when asked to stretch plays wide. Offensive coordinator Ron Turner has also said he wants to get WR Devin Hester and rookie TE Greg Olsen more involved to give QB Brian Griese more options. ... This could be the week the Packers' non-existent running game comes back to haunt QB Brett Favre. Chicago is tied for the NFL lead with 16 sacks, and will bring MLB Brian Urlacher on even more blitzes with no ground game to be scared of. Green Bay will see if it can get something going with the running attack, but most likely Favre will need to use the short passing game to keep the pass rush at bay and set up deeper shots downfield.
KEY INJURIES: Bears: CB Nate Vasher (groin) and LT John Tait (ankle) are not expected to play; CB Charles Tillman (ankle) is considered 50-50; DT Tommie Harris (knee) and RB Adrian Peterson (calf) should play. Packers: RB Brandon Jackson (strained shin) is questionable; WR Greg Jennings (hamstring) will play; FS Nick Collins (bruised knee) will play.
EXTRA POINTS: The Bears have allowed 65 points in the second halves of the past two games. ... Packers WR Donald Driver has become the seventh player in team history to surpass the 6,000-yard mark and also moved into fifth place in the team's all-time receptions list. Driver has caught a pass in 84 straight games and is Lambeau Field's all-time leader in receptions.