NFL PREVIEW: GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-7-1) AT CHICAGO BEARS (8-7)
December 25, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-7-1) AT CHICAGO BEARS (8-7)
WINNER CLINCHES NFC NORTH…PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS aims for 4th consecutive win at Chi. (incl. playoffs). In past 2 at Chi., has 6 TDs, 1 INT & 114 rating. QB MATT FLYNN completed 31 of 44 (70.5 pct.) for 480 yards with 6 TDs vs. 1 INT for 136.4 rating in only Week 17 start (1/1/12)…Rookie RB EDDIE LACY leads NFL with 1,061 rush yards since Oct. 1. Has 1,112 rush yards & 10 rush TDs, both are most by GB rookie. Has 9 rush TDs in past 10, most in NFL since Week 7. In last meeting, rushed for career-high 150 yards & TD. RB JAMES STARKS had 32-yard rush TD in Week 9…WR JORDY NELSON has career-high 75 catches. Has 1,153 rec. yards & needs 111 for new career best (1,263). WR JAMES JONES had 3 TDs in last game at Chi. WR JARRETT BOYKINhad TD last week…LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 5.5 sacks in past 2 meetings. LB A.J. HAWK leads team with 116 tackles. Had INT last week. LB MIKE NEAL has sack in 4 of past 6. CB SAM SHIELDS leads team with 16 PD…
BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER has 14,687 yards with Chi. & passed HOFer SID LUCKMAN (14,686) most in team history…RB MATT FORTÉ has 1,229 rush & 547 rec. yards & is only Bear with 2 seasons with 1,000+ rush & 500+ rec. yards. Had 179 scrimmage yards (125 rush, 54 rec.) & TD in Week 9. …WRs ALSHON JEFFERY (1,341) & BRANDON MARSHALL (1,221) have combined for 2,562 rec. yards, most by duo in NFL. Jeffery has 73 catches for 1,237 yards (103.1 per game) & 7 TDs in past 12. Marshall has 2,729 rec. yards with Chi, most by Bear in 1st 2 seasons with team. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT has career-high 64 catches & 744 yards. Has 5 TDs, tied for career-best…DE JULIUS PEPPERS has 4.5 sacks & INT in past 3 meetings. Since entering NFL in 2002, has 118 sacks, 2nd most in NFL. Since 2012, CB TIM JENNINGS is 2nd in NFL with 12 INTs. S MAJOR WRIGHT leads team with 91 tackles. DE SHEA MC CLELLIN had career-high 3 sacks in last meeting.