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Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

SERIES: Packers lead, 94-93-6.
LINE: Bears by 5 1/2.
WEATHER: Probability of rain, excessive of 42.
SURFACE: Grass.
COACHESInexperienced Bay’s Mike McCarthy (128-73-1) vs. Bears' John Fox (139-124-Zero)
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ROSTERS, STATS: Packers | Bears

5 THINGS TO WATCH

1. Turning it freeA lot has been made from the truth that Bears rookie QB Mitch Trubisky tried simply seven passes in opposition to Carolina. It was his third begin and the Bears have been going through the present No. 1-ranked protection within the NFL. The next week, in opposition to New Orleans, Trubisky threw 32 instances. The Bears at all times will attempt to run first, however except the climate circumstances are terrible, why wouldn’t they assault the NFL’s 20th-ranked move protection? “I feel it’s clear on the trajectory they've him on,” coach Mike McCarthy stated. “That may proceed to develop. I don’t anticipate him to throw 10 passes in opposition to us. We anticipate him to open it up just a little extra.”
2.  The rundown on Ryan: With S Morgan Burnett (groin) out and the Bears anticipated to run the ball lots, ILB Jake Ryan might be going to see a whole lot of motion. Ryan has seen his taking part in time dip all the way down to a mean of 12 snaps over the past 5 video games due to Burnett taking part in ILB and Blake Martinez by no means coming off the sector. He crammed in after Burnett went down and had a compelled fumble. “He did a whole lot of good issues becoming the run to complete that sport, so we’re on the lookout for him to construct on that, ILBs coach Scott McCurley stated. “He’s been in there earlier than, he’s carried out it earlier than. I imagine in him, and I do know what he can do. I feel with him and Blake in there, that they’ll be capable to do some good issues.”
 
three. Lacking center man: If the protection doesn’t begin getting extra from defensive deal with Mike Daniels, then probabilities of it ever producing a constant move rush are nil. Daniels hasn’t had a sack within the final 5 video games he has performed and had two tackles in opposition to Detroit. His pointless roughness penalty on the primary drive was a killer. After getting dominated by former teammate T.J. Lang, he’ll be up in opposition to one other former teammate, Josh Sitton. “I feel like everyone, all of us should get higher,” line of defense coach Mike Trgovac stated. “I’ve bought to do a greater of teaching it and so they’ve bought to do a greater job of taking part in it.”
four. Match made in heaven: Per week after going through the likes of Marvin Jones and Golden Tate, the Packers get a break with the Bears’ receivers. With Cameron Meredith and Kevin White each on injured reserve the Bears don’t have a No. 1 on the roster. Of their prime 5 leaders in receptions solely two are receivers and one among them, Deonte Thompson, is not on the staff. If ever the Packers’ secondary goes to have success it ought to be this week. “I don’t assume we’ve had a sport the place the three guys who play probably the most have all performed properly on the identical time,” CBs coach Joe Whitt stated, referring to Davon Home, Kevin King and Damarious Randall. “As soon as that occurs, it’s going to present the protection the flexibility to play higher.”
5. Common returns:  It seems particular groups coach Ron Zook goes to stay with Trevor Davis on kick returns forward of Jeff Janis. Davis returned seven kicks in opposition to the Lions and solely bought three to the 25-yard line or higher. “The blokes are doing a very good job of blocking, we have simply bought to maintain working at it,” particular groups coach Ron Zook stated. “Generally, Trevor's not hitting it precisely proper, generally a man's slipping off. They lined extraordinarily properly. Detroit lined onerous. I really feel like we're progressing there and we have simply bought to proceed to progress.”

OUR PREDICTIONS

TOM SILVERSTEIN
The season is on the road for the Packers and if they'll’t maintain the Bears offense to 17 or fewer factors, they’re in a world of harm. Brett Hundley doesn’t should be nice. He simply must handle the sport and keep away from a whole lot of three-and-outs. If he could make two or three extra performs than he did final week, they'll win. Packers 21, Bears 17
PETE DOUGHERTY
The Bears’ rookie quarterback (Mitch Trubisky) isn’t making a whole lot of performs but in addition isn’t turning the ball over like Mike Glennon did. And the Bears have been powerful at residence (wins over Pittsburgh and Carolina, three-point losses to Atlanta and Minnesota). Their protection has been strong (No. 12 in scoring), so the guess right here is that they’ll maintain the Brett Hundley-led Packers to underneath 20 factors and a win a detailed one. Bears 20, Packers 17
MICHAEL COHEN
If the offensive line performs properly, Brett Hundley may need an opportunity. However the Bears’ protection is ferocious and may make it one other lengthy afternoon for the Packers. Bears 16, Packers 13
RYAN WOOD
For the primary time in 25 years, the Packers enter a sport in opposition to the Bears with out a clear quarterback benefit. Even with out Aaron Rodgers, the expectation ought to be for them to beat the NFL’s worst, and the Bears – engaged on their fourth straight yr on the backside of the NFC North – actually qualify. Sunday’s sport in all probability received’t be fairly, however the Packers ought to discover a approach to go away Chicago with a win. Packers 17, Bears 13
AARON NAGLER
Till Brett Hundley and the Packers offense resembles one thing greater than a pop gun, it is onerous to assume the Packers can put up sufficient factors to win an NFL soccer sport. Chicago's protection ought to put the clamps on Hundley and firm and their offense will not want to attain a lot to win. Bears 23, Packers 16

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