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Thursday, 13 December 2012 08:31
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 GREEN BAY (9-4) At CHICAGO (8-5)
Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX
OPENING LINE - Packers by 3
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Green Bay 7-6; Chicago 6-7
SERIES RECORD - Bears lead 92-87-6
AP PRO32 RANKING - Packers No. 6 (tie); Bears No. 12
LAST MEETING - Packers beat Bears 23-10, Sept. 13
LAST WEEK - Packers beat Detroit 27-20; Bears lost to Vikings 21-14
PACKERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (18), PASS (12)
PACKERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (15), PASS (17)
BEARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (10), PASS (27)
BEARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (12), PASS (6)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Packers have won seven of eight and can clinch second straight NFC North title with win. ... Green Bay has also won five straight and seven of eight against Chicago, including NFC title game two years ago. Packers eyeing third season sweep in four years against Bears. ... Win would give Green Bay fourth straight season with double-digit victories, tying team record. ... Packers have won franchise-record 11 straight division games. ... Packers sixth in NFL with 35 sacks. ... Packers sacked Chicago's Jay Cutler seven times and intercepted him four times in first meeting this season. ... CB Charles Woodson (broken collarbone) out for seventh straight game. ... LB Clay Matthews practiced Wednesday for first time since pulling hamstring last month and was eager to play this week. Had career-high 3 1/2 sacks against Cutler last time and leads Packers with nine despite missing past four games. ... Bears have dropped four of five after 7-1 start. ... Chicago placed K Robbie Gould (left calf), CB Sherrick McManis (knee) and S Craig Steltz (chest) on injured reserve and signed veteran K Olindo Mare to one-year contract. ... Bears lead NFL with 35 takeaways. ... Defense has seven touchdowns, all on interception returns. ... Cutler expects to play after leaving last week's game with sore neck. Including NFC title game two years ago, Cutler 1-7 against Packers with twice as many interceptions (16) as touchdowns (eight). Cutler's 11,754 yards passing rank second in team history behind Sid Luckman's 14,686. ... WR Brandon Marshall had two catches for 24 yards last time against Green Bay. Leads NFL with franchise-record 101 receptions, ranks second in league in yards receiving with career-high 1,342 and tied for third with nine TD catches, one behind league leaders A.J. Green of Cincinnati and New England's Rob Gronkowski. ... CB Charles Tillman has career-high nine forced fumbles.
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