NFL PREVIEW: CHICAGO VS GREEN BAY
September 12, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
CHICAGO BEARS (1-0) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (0-1)
TEAMS MEET for 185th time (incl. playoffs), most in NFL history…BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER has won 6 starts in row. Has won 9 of past 12 starts vs. division & has 100+ rating in 6. Incl. playoffs, when he has 100+ rating, his teams are 24-0…RB MATT FORTÉ has 4,313 rush yards & 2,025 rec. yards. Joined HOFer WALTER PAYTON & NEAL ANDERSON as only Bears with 4,000+ rush & 2,000+ rec. yards…In last game vs. GB (10/17/10 with Mia.), WR BRANDON MARSHALL had 10 catches for 127 yards. Since 2007, has 12 games with 10+ catches, 2nd most in NFL. Had 9 catches for 119 yards & TD last week, most yards in Bears debut since 1954. Incl. playoffs, WR-KR-PR DEVIN HESTER has 19 total return TDs (12 PR, 6 KR, 1 missed FG), tied with HOFer DEION SANDERS for most in NFL history…DE JULIUS PEPPERS has 100 sacks since entering NFL in 2002, tied for 4th most. CB CHARLES TILLMAN had sack & FF in last meeting. CB TIM JENNINGS had career-high 2 INTs last week…PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS aims for 5th win in row vs. Chi. (incl. playoffs). In last meeting, completed 21 of 29 (72.4 pct.) for 283 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 142.7 rating. Incl. playoffs, Packers have won past 18 starts when Rodgers has 100+ rating…RB CEDRIC BENSON was drafted by Chi. in 1st Rd. (No. 4 overall) in 2005…WR JORDY NELSON had 6 catches for 115 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. In past 2 vs. division, Nelson has 15 catches for 277 yards (138.5 per game) & 5 TDs. WR GREG JENNINGS had 9 catches for 119 yards in last game vs. Chi. WR JAMES JONES had 2 TDs in last meeting. WR-PR-KR RANDALL COBB had 75-yard PR-TD last week…Since joining GB in 2006, S CHARLES WOODSON has 37 INTs (2nd in NFL) & 9 INT-TDs (1st in NFL). Has 5 INTs vs. Chi. Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB TRAMON WILLIAMS ties for NFL lead with 13 INTs. LB CLAY MATTHEWS had INT & FF in last meeting. In past 4 vs. division, has 3 sacks, 2 INTs & 2 FFs.