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Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Bears can knock the Packers off their stride

Green Bay may not have it all their own way

Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers can be put under pressure
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Detroit and Minnesota have already demonstrated they are capable of giving Green Bay a run for their money in the NFC North and the Packers cannot afford to slip up against Chicago on Thursday.

While quarterback Aaron Rodgers remains the star of the show, he needed to be at his best to steer his team to an unconvincing win over Cincinnati on Sunday.

The Bengals had been woeful offensively in their first two games but Green Bay still needed a Mason Crosby overtime field goal to earn their second win of the campaign, having been 21-7 down at half-time.

Chicago have been handed a seven-point start for a clash against their arch-rivals but it is difficult to put a great deal of faith in them.

They almost snatched victory over Atlanta and claimed a notable scalp when beating Pittsburgh in overtime last week, but they were miserable when being brushed aside in Tampa Bay in week two.

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John Fox's side have shown they can raise their game against fancied opposition and the best bet could be to go under the points line with just three of the last 14 meetings having featured more than 47 points.

There is a decent chance that Green Bay will still be without their two starting offensive tackles Bryon Bulaga and David Bakhtiari, which is likely to increase the pressure on Rodgers.

And the Bears should be confident in at least making life hard for the Packers, having held Atlanta to 23 points and the Steelers to just 17. 

Under 45.5 points
2pts 10-11 general

Team news
Safety Quintin Demps is set to miss out with an arm injury while guard Josh Sitton has been struggling with a rib problem.

Green Bay
Offensive tackles David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and Bryan Bulaga (ankle) are struggling, while cornerback Davon House is out with a thigh injury.

Key stat
Green Bay have won 12 of their last 14 matches against Chicago.

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