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Aaron Rodgers will try to help notch the Packers' first win on Thursday night against the Bears and convince some that his team is still Super Bowl-caliber. (Photo: Facebook / Packers)
The Chicago Bears (1-0) will travel to Lambeau Field once again to play their NFC North rival Green Bay Packers (0-1) on Thursday. The game will be broadcast live on the NFL Network at 8:20 p.m. ET and can also be watched via live stream online for free here.
The Packers are looking to bounce back in Week 2 from a devastating 30-22 home loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday and play like the Super Bowl team almost everyone expected them to be heading into the season. However, even after one week, their running game and rushing defense are still question marks that might suggest they actually don't have what it takes to go all the way: new running back Cedric Benson, Chicago's former No. 4 overall draft pick, rushed for just 18 yards on nine carries, while the 49ers totaled 186 yards on the ground -- Frank Gore accounting for 112 of them.
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Quarterback Aaron Rodgers still looked like his MVP-self, throwing for 303 yards and two touchdowns, although he threw a key interception to linebacker NaVorro Bowman in the fourth quarter. He has enjoyed success against the Bears, beating them twice last year and winning all four of his career home starts against them.
He may, however, not have top receiver Greg Jennings to throw to as the two-time Pro Bowler is questionable with a groin injury he suffered on Sunday.
As a result, the Bears' defense, which caused five turnovers (three interceptions and two forced fumbles) against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, could have a ripe opportunity to take advantage of the Packers' offense, which also contains question marks at the offensive line. If linebacker Brian Urlacher, who is listed as probable, doesn't play because of lingering knee issues from surgery, then defensive end Julius Peppers could very well step up and put pressure on Rodgers.
As for the Bears' offense, quarterback Jay Cutler, who threw for 333 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Colts in a 41-21 win, is looking to put an end to the team's four-game losing streak to their division enemies. Receiver Brandon Marshall, who was his favorite target while playing for the Denver Broncos, will most likely help Cutler accomplish that, especially after catching nine balls for 119 yards and a touchdown in his Bears debut.
The Packers must also work hard to keep the last head of the three-headed bear monster out of the end zone -- running back Matt Forte. His last meeting with Green Bay didn't go so well when he was held to just two yards on nine carries, but his evolution as a dual-threat should pose problems this time around. If Forte is held in check, though, backup back Michael Bush, who scored two rushing touchdowns against the Colts, is capable of making just as much an impact and becoming another pesky problem for the Packers to worry about, too.
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