Kickoff: Sunday, Noon CT
Television: FOX – Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
Series: 175th regular-season meeting. Bears lead series 89-79-6 and have won the last four at Green Bay's Lambeau Field. Bears have won six of the past eight overall immediately following a Packers streak of 18-2 in the previous 20 games.
KEYS TO THE GAME
The Bears would feel more comfortable if QB Kyle Orton is able to return against the Packers, who lead the NFL with 16 interceptions. Orton takes fewer chances than backup Rex Grossman, and Chicago should be able to move the ball as long as it doesn't turn it over. Green Bay is allowing 154.6 rushing yards per game, and LB A.J. Hawk will make his first start in the middle since high school due to the season-ending injury to Nick Barnett. Translation? A heavy workload for Bears rookie RB Matt Forte. ... The Bears' pass defense has fallen on hard times. How hard? Chicago has plummeted to 30th in the NFL, as it prepares to take on the Packers' deep receiving corps. As with any struggling secondary, the problem starts up front as the Bears have just 17 sacks and don't generate consistent pressure. But Packers QB Aaron Rodgers must still show some patience in dissecting the Bears, who have allowed only one completion of at least 40 yards while generating 12 interceptions.
Bears: Orton (ankle) has taken part in some practice and is questionable; CB Charles Tillman (shoulder) should play.
Packers: CB Will Blackmon (quadriceps) should play; DE Jeremy Thompson (groin) is questionable.
Forte leads NFL rookies with 995 yards from scrimmage. ... Packers WR Donald Driver has caught a pass in 104 consecutive games, breaking Sterling Sharpe's franchise record of 103 set from 1988-94.
WR Brandon Lloyd
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Bears: WR Brandon Lloyd (sprained knee) has had a full week of unlimited practice and should be back Sunday, although it remains to be seen if he will be given his starting job back after missing five games with a sprained ankle. … CB Nathan Vasher could find himself on the bench Sunday against the Packers if Bears coaches opt for a more physical lineup. That shuffled lineup could see nickel back Corey Graham assume Vasher's role in the starting lineup, with S Danieal Manning regaining the nickel job he lost to Graham.
Packers: LB Brandon Chillar practiced for the second straight day and doesn't appear to be bothered by a shoulder injury that kept him out of the last game. Chillar is penciled in to make the start at the weak-side spot vacated by Hawk's shift inside. ... CB Jarrett Bush has been all but ruled out from playing this weekend because of a sprained ankle he suffered on special teams in the last game. Bush hasn't practiced this week. … DT Anthony Toribio was signed to the practice squad Thursday. The 6-1, 304-pound rookie from Carson-Newman was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Miami Dolphins and spent time on their practice squad. To make room for Toribio, the Packers cut DT Fred Bledsoe from the taxi unit.
Packers 24, Bears 23.
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