Packers Look To Lock Up Division

With a win over the Chicago Bears (8-5) at Soldier Field today, the Green Bay Packers (9-4) can clinch the NFC North Division title and secure a home game in the NFL playoffs.  The Packers have had success of late against their rivals from the Windy City.  Including the playoffs, Green Bay has beaten Chicago five straight times and the Packers have won seven of their last eight meetings with the Bears. As a starter, Aaron Rodgers is 7-2 against the Bears and 3-2 at Soldier Field.  The Packers quarterback enjoys playing at Chicago…

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The Bears defense has been very good at taking the ball away from their opponents.  They have intercepted 15 passes and recovered seven fumbles.  According to receiver James Jones, ball protection will be key for the Packers…

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The Chicago defense will be without its leader today.  Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher could miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.  Packers left guard/right tackle T.J. Lang talked about facing the Bears defense minus Urlacher…

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The Packers beat the Bears at Lambeau Field back in week two, 23-10.  Defensive tackle Ryan Pickett was asked how the Chicago offense has changed since this season’s first meeting…

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Pickett and the Packers defense will get linebacker Clay Matthews back.  Matthews has been out since suffering a hamstring injury against Arizona on November 4th.  Matthews hopes to perform at the level he is accustomed to…

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And according to Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, today’s game is big for his team and the Bears…

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Kickoff of today’s game between the Packers and Bears is at Noon.

Notes:
This the 186th meeting between the Packers and Bears.  Including the postseason, Chicago holds a 92-87-6 edge in the series.

The Packers are going for their third season sweep of the Bears in the last four years.

The Packers have won a franchise-record eleven in a row against the rest of the NFC North.

A win would give the Packers back-to-back NFC North titles.

Injury Report:
Packers: OUT – WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring), DB Charles Woodson (collarbone), RB James Starks (knee), DE C.J. Wilson (knee). QUESTIONABLE – WR Donald Driver (thumb), LB Terrell Manning (shoulder), G Josh Sitton (hip). PROBABLE – CB Davon House (illness), G/T T.J. Lang (ankle), LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), S Jerron McMillian (back), DE Mike Neal (shoulder), T Marshall Newhouse (wrist).

Bears: OUT – WR Earl Bennett (concussion), CB Tim Jennings (shoulder), LB Brian Urlacher (hamstring). DOUBTFUL – DE Shea McClellin (knee), DT Henry Melton (chest). QUESTIONABLE – RB Michael Bush (ribs), LB Geno Hayes (knee), DT Matt Toeaina (knee). PROBABLE – LB Lance Briggs (knee/hip), QB Jay Cutler (neck/knee), TE Kellen Davis (knee), DT Stephen Paea (foot), T Jonathan Scott (shoulder), G Chris Spencer (knee), CB Charles Tillman (shoulder).

NFC North Mathcups:
Minnesota (7-6) at Saint Louis (6-6-1) (12 PM)
Detroit (4-9) at Arizona (4-9) (3:05 PM)

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