Week 7 TNF Preview
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
8:25PM EST at Lambeau field
45F – 43F Clear with 7mph winds
GB -7.5 O/U: 46
The Green Bay Packers (3-2) host the Chicago Bears (1-5) for a Thursday night NFC North matchup. This will be the 191st installment of the oldest rivalry in football stretching back to 1921. The Bears lead the series 93-91-6 with the Packers winning 13 of the last 17 meetings. Both teams are coming off of disappointing losses and are looking to get back on track.
The Packers backfield
The Packers started the season with only two running backs on their active roster. Now they find themselves with both Eddie Lacy and James Starks injured and out for multiple weeks. Rookie UDFA Don Jackson has been promoted from the practice squad this week and is taking 1st team reps in practice along with WR Ty Montgomery. The Packers worked out a trade on Tuesday to acquire RB Knile Davis form the Chiefs. Davis has netted 0 yards from scrimmage so far this season in Kansas City. Davis has not been with the team long enough to learn the offense but could still see a few snaps Thursday night. It’s expected that Jackson, Montgomery and Cobb will share running back duties.
Brian Hoyer has had 4 consecutive 300yd games (the longest streak in Bears franchise history) and has thrown 197 consecutive passes without an interception — the longest active steak in the league. This week Hoyer faces a Packers defense that will most likely be without its top 3 defensive backs.
So far this season Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense have not been efficient and have often looked out of rhythm. This may be the game that turns that around. Aaron Rodgers has a 127.0 passer rating with 14 touchdowns and one interception in his last four games against the Bears. Jordy Nelson has averaged 140.3 receiving yards in the last three matchups with Chicago. With so many question marks in the backfield, expect Rodgers to put the team on his back this week.
Chicago is almost there
The Bears are 1-5 but they are playing better than their record shows. Chicago’s offensive ranks 7th in the league in total offense, including 4th in passing offense, but yet they’re 31st in scoring and are averaging just 16.8 points per game. Rookies Jordan Howard (330yds, 5.0 YPC on the season) and Cameron Meredith (20 catches for 243yds and 1TD in last two games) are big contributors to the Bears offensive production. If the Bears can find a way to turn offensive production into points they will put themselves in position to win more games.
Eddie Royal (WR-CHI)- Out (toe)
Jay Cutler (QB-CHI)- Out (thumb)
Ka’Deem Carey (RB-CHI)- Questionable (hamstring)
Jeremy Langford (RB-CHI)- Doubtful (ankle)
Zach Miller (TE-CHI)- Questionable (ribs)
Jared Cook (TE-GB)- Out (ankle)
Eddie Lacy (RB-GB)- Out (ankle)
James Starks (RB-GB)- Out (knee)
Davante Adams (WR-GB)- Questionable (concussion)
James Abbrederis (WR-GB)- Out (quadricep)
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