Preview: Green Bay at Chicago

When: 4:25 PM ET, Sunday, December 29, 2013
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

The Green Bay Packers will have their No. 1 quarterback in the lineup when they visit the Chicago Bears in a showdown for the NFC North title on Sunday but definitely will be without their defensive leader. Green Bay, which is seeking its third straight division crown, learned Thursday that Aaron Rodgers was cleared to return from a broken collarbone - an injury that had kept the star signal-caller sidelined for the past seven-plus games. Ironically, Rodgers was injured in the early stages of the Packers' 27-20 home loss to Chicago on Nov. 4.

Green Bay, which has gone 2-5-1 without Rodgers - including the loss to the Bears, will not have Clay Matthews on the field as the linebacker has been ruled out with a right thumb injury suffered in last week's loss to Pittsburgh. Chicago looks to recover from an embarrassing 54-11 defeat at Philadelphia that prevented it from clinching the division. The Bears trailed 21-0 after one quarter and were down by 30 points before finding the end zone on the final play of the third period.

TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox. LINE: Packers -3. O/U: 53.

ABOUT THE PACKERS (7-7-1): In addition to Rodgers, Green Bay could regain the services of Randall Cobb. The wide receiver has been on the shelf since suffering a broken leg against Baltimore in Week 6 but nearly made his return last week. Eddie Lacy's status also is uncertain after the rookie running back, who has scored four touchdowns while averaging 96.7 yards over his last three games, injured his ankle against Pittsburgh.

ABOUT THE BEARS (8-7): Jay Cutler has not fared well against the Packers in his career, posting a 1-8 record that includes a loss in the NFC championship game three seasons ago. The quarterback did not play in the first meeting this season due to a groin injury. Chicago must find a way to stop Green Bay's rushing attack, as the Bears rank last in the league with an average of 161.5 yards allowed on the ground.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Packers have won seven of the last nine meetings between the division rivals, including a 21-13 decision in the most recent encounter at Soldier Field.

2. Matt Flynn made four consecutive starts for Green Bay while Rodgers was sidelined.

3. Lacy gained a career-best 150 yards against Chicago in the first meeting between the clubs this season.

PREDICTION: Packers 27, Bears 24

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Green Bay 7-7-1 L1 25.6 26.7 4-3-1 3-4 4-4-1 3-3 0-0-1 2-2-1 5-5-1
Chicago 8-7 L1 27.8 29.7 5-2 3-5 8-4 0-3 1-1 2-3 4-7

Last Meeting

Green Bay Chicago
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/4/13 CHI 27 GB 20 312 199 113 442 171 271

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
GB S. Wallace 57.9 114 0 1
CHI J. McCown 53.7 272 2 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
GB E. Lacy 22 150 6.8 1
CHI M. Forte 24 125 5.2 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
GB J. Nelson 4 67 16.8 0
CHI B. Marshall 7 107 15.3 1
TDs Player TD
GB E. Lacy 1
CHI M. Forte 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
GB A. Rodgers 66.9 2218 15 4
CHI J. Cutler 63.1 2395 17 11
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
GB E. Lacy 263 1112 4.2 10
CHI M. Forte 267 1229 4.6 7
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
GB J. Nelson 75 1153 15.4 8
CHI A. Jeffery 86 1341 15.6 7
TDs Player TD
GB E. Lacy 10
CHI B. Marshall 11

Quickchart Matchup

Green Bay Off vs  Chicago Def
395.4 yards
389.3 yards
4.6 yards/rush
5.4 yards/rush
7.4 yards/attempt
7.3 yards/attempt
Chicago Off vs  Green Bay Def
384.8 yards
374.1 yards
4.5 yards/rush
4.6 yards/rush
7.3 yards/attempt
7.2 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Green Bay Overall Chicago
7-7 W/L 8-7
6-9-0 ATS 4-10-1
8-7-0 O/U 11-4-0
25.6 Pts For 27.8
26.7 Pts Against 29.7
Green Bay A/H Chicago
3-4 W/L 5-2
3-4-0 ATS 1-5-1
5-2-0 O/U 5-2-0
25.9 Pts For 26.7
31.3 Pts Against 23.9