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Week 7 begins on Thursday night as the Green Bay Packers host the Chicago Bears (CBS/NFL Network/Twitter; 8:25 PM ET) in an NFC North showdown at Lambeau Field. Thursday’s contest marks the 191st regular-season meeting between the two teams, the most between two teams in NFL history. The Packers are seeking their fifth win in the past six matchups. In the last meeting, Chicago WR Alshon Jeffrey had seven receptions for 90 yards and RB Jeremy Langford rushed for a touchdown in the Bears’ 17-13 victory in Green Bay. Chicago QB Brian Hoyer has passed for at least 300 yards in all four starts this season and is one of seven quarterbacks in the NFL with a passer rating of 100 or higher (min. 100 attempts). For the Packers, WR Jordy Nelson is tied for the NFL lead with five touchdown receptions and has recorded at least one score in four of the team’s first five games.
|REGULAR SEASON SERIES|
|STREAKS||4 of past 5|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||John Fox: 3-5||Mike McCarthy: 13-7|
|LAST WEEK||L 17-16 vs. Jacksonville||L 30-16 vs. Dallas|
|LAST GAME||11/26/15: Bears 17 at Packers 13. Chicago QB Jay Cutler passes for 200 yards & TD. Bears WR Alshon Jeffery has 7 receptions for 90 yards & RB Jeremy Langford rushes for TD.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||11/26/15|
|BROADCAST||CBS/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli.|
|PASSING||Brian Hoyer: 130-189-1396-6-0-100.8||Aaron Rodgers: 109-181-1170-60.2-10-4-88.4|
|RUSHING||Jordan Howard (R): 66-330-5.0-1||Eddie Lacy: 71-360-5.1-0|
|RECEIVING||Zach Miller (TE): 31-265-8.5-3||Randall Cobb: 28-293-10.5-1|
|SACKS||Willie Young: 6||Nick Perry: 4.5|
|INTs||Tracy Porter: 2||3 tied: 1|
|PUNTING||Pat O’Donnell: 42.8||Jacob Schum: 40.8|
|KICKING||Connor Barth: 35 (11/11 PAT; 8/11 FG)||Mason Crosby: 42 (12/12 PAT; 10/10 FG)|
BEARS: QB Brian Hoyer has 300+ pass yards in all 4 starts with Chi…Rookie RB Jordan Howard had 1st career rush TD last week. Has 100+ rush yards in 2 of past 3…WR Alshon Jeffery had 7 receptions for 90 yards in last meeting. Has TD catch in 3 of past 5 vs. NFC North. WR Cameron Meredith had 11 receptions for 113 yards in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards. TE Zach Miller had TD catch in last meeting…DE Akiem Hicks has sack in 2 of past 3. LB Jerrell Freeman has 7+ tackles in 9 of past 11. Leads team with 53 tackles. LB Willie Young had 2 sacks & FF in Week 6. Had sack in last meeting. CB Harold Jones-Quartey aims for 3rd in row with PD. CB Tracy Porter had INT in last meeting. Had INT in Week 6. S Adrian Amos had 9 tackles in last meeting. S Chris Prosinski had 6 tackles & FF in last meeting
PACKERS: QB Aaron Rodgers is 12-4 as starter vs. Chi. Has 14 pass TDs with 1 INT for 127.0 rating in past 4 meetings…RB Eddie Lacy rushed for 105 yards & had TD catch in last meeting. Has 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 6 career games vs. Chi…WR Davante Adams has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. WR Randall Cobb had TD catch last week. Has 6 TDs in past 5 vs. Chi. WR Ty Montgomery had career-high 10 receptions & 98 rec. yards in Week 6. WR Jordy Nelson is averaging 140.3 yards per game in past 3 vs. Chi. & has 4 TDs. Has 12 rec. TDs in past 11 at home. TE Richard Rodgers has TD in 3 of past 4 vs. NFC North…LB Clay Matthews has 6+ tackles in 6 of past 7 vs. Chi. LB Julius Peppers had sack & FF last week. Has 2.5 sacks in past 3 vs. Chi. LB Nick Perry has 4.5 sacks in past 5. CB Quinten Rollins had sack in last meeting. S Morgan Burnett led team with 10 tackles & INT in Week 6. Had FF in last meeting. Aims for 4th in row with PD.