Packers-Bears: Game snapshot

Facts, stats, series history, prediction for both teams

Green Bay Packers (12-2) at Chicago Bears (5-9)
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WHEN: Today, Noon CT
WHERE: Soldier Field, Chicago
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FOX, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver

SERIES: 175th meeting. Bears lead series, 89-79-6. Chicago has won four of the last five meetings between the division rivals, including a 27-20 verdict at Green Bay in Week 5 this year. The Packers, though, have won 12 of the past 13 games in Illinois. They are 12-2 at Soldier Field with Brett Favre at quarterback since 1992.

PREDICTION: Packers 24-19

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Bears can't stack the line like they did against Minnesota because Packers QB Brett Favre has far too many weapons to play catch with. With the forecast calling for temperatures below freezing, this figures to be an excellent opportunity for the Packers to use RB Ryan Grant against the Bears' 25th-ranked run defense to set Favre up in the passing game. ... The Bears struggle enough to move the ball, so they have to cut down on the pre-snap penalties that plagued them Monday night. And with the offensive line struggling to provide any time for QB Kyle Orton, Chicago flat out has to find a way to run the ball more effectively.

KEY INJURIES: FB Korey Hall (strained hip) might miss the remainder of the regular season; NT Ryan Pickett (groin) looks like he'll be rested at least one game; QB Aaron Rodgers (hamstring) is expected to be the No. 3 QB. Bears: DE Mark Anderson (knee) and QB Rex Grossman (knee) are expected to be out.

FAST FACTS: Green Bay has clinched a first-round bye. ... Favre has 61,405 career passing yards, passing Dan Marino (61,361) for the most in NFL history. ... Bears CB Charles Tillman has three INTs, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in the past four meetings -- all Bears wins.


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