Everything you need to know ahead of Bears’ Week 2 vs. Packers game

The Chicago Bears (1-0) will face the Green Bay Packers (0-1) in prime time, where Chicago will look to finally get on the right side of the rivalry.

The Bears are coming off an upset win over the San Francisco 49ers (0-1) while the Packers suffered a brutal loss to the Minnesota Vikings (1-0) in Week 1.

Here’s a look at what we know ahead of Sunday’s game against the Packers:

How to watch

Game Info:

Who: Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers

When: Sunday, September 18, 7:20 p.m. CT

Where: Lambeau Field – Green Bay, WI


Live market broadcast: fuboTV (try it for free).



Radio: WBBM 780 (Chicago)

Betting odds

The Bears are considered 9.5-point underdogs on the road against the Packers, according to Tipico Sportsbook. The plus/minus is 41.5.

Match day line-up

Here’s a look at the Bears’ gameday roster:

Game choice

Alyssa Barbier: 24-20 packers
Brendan Sugrue: 17-14 Bears
Ryan Fedrau: 27-20 packers
Shank Bailey: 27-14 packers

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Bold predictions

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Darnell Mooney goes for 100+ yards Equanimeous St. Brown gets revenge on his former team Braxton Jones doesn’t allow a sack Kyler Gordon forces a turnover Bears win over Green Bay

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Who has the advantage?

In our weekly preview series, Bears Wire’s Alyssa Barbieri and Packers Wire’s Zach Kruse dig deep into who has the edge on the five key factors for winning NFL football games.

Quarterback game: Packers
Line of scrimmage: push
Turnover: Bear
Situational: Bear
Wounds: Bear
Verdict: Bears Advantage

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Last meeting: 45-30 Packers (Dec. 12, 2021)

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Division rivals the Bears and Packers meet for the first time this year. Last season, Chicago took a 27-20 halftime lead before being outscored 24-3 in the second half.

Rankings by team

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Points per game 19.0 (22nd) 7.0 (30th)
Points allowed per game 10.0 (5th) 23.0 (19th)
Revenue differential +1 (T-6e) -2 (T-28e)
Passing yards per game 105.0 (32nd) 227.0 (16th)
Ruling yards per game 99.0 (18th) 111.0 (14th)
Passing yards allowed per game 155.0 (3rd) 269.0 (24th)
Ruling yards allowed per game 176.0 (26th) 126.0 (21st)
Bags allowed 2 (T-11e) 4 (T-25e)
Bags against 2 (T-13e) 1 (T-23e)

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Packers players to watch

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QB Aaron Rodgers: The reigning league MVP doesn’t seem like a quick starter in his late 30s. Rodgers has now struggled in the first straight weeks, completing 22 of 34 passes for 195 yards and one interception. It’s better than his production, he had to open the 2021 season, but Rodgers was nowhere near his MVP levels. He probably has an ax to grind and can take out his frustration on the Bears, a team he knows all too well. But with injury questions surrounding multiple groups of offensive positions, is he closer to another misfire of a performance than we think? — Brendan Sugrue

RB Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon: If the Packers’ offense is going to get back on track, it will be thanks to their pair of running backs AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones. Running backs are integral to their offensive success, both in the ground game and in the air. Dillon earned the lion’s share of runs last weekend against the Minnesota Vikings, rushing 10 times for 25 yards and the game’s only touchdown. Jones carried the ball five times for 49 yards. Dillon was also the leader in receptions and yards for the day. Rodgers will most likely try to get back up and running and stopping them will be key to a Bears win. — Brendan Sugrue

WR Allen Lazard: It remains to be seen whether or not receiver Allen Lazard will make his season debut this weekend after missing the opener against the Vikings with an ankle injury. Considering he’s been training two days in a row, his chances are improving, so let’s assume he suits up for the second week. Lazard is Green Bay’s new WR1 following the departure of Davante Adams. He had a career year in 2021 with 553 receiving yards and eight touchdowns with his big, long frame. If he’s healthy, Lazard should be the priority on the Bears’ pass defense. — Brendan Sugrue

DL Rashan Gary: Defensive lineman Rashan Gary could be a problem for the Bears’ interior offensive line. Gary has continued to improve each season he has been in the league. He had a career-high 47 total tackles and 9.5 sacks in 2021 and is already off to a strong start this season. Gary had seven total tackles, one for a loss and a sack on d Kenny Clark will draw attention on the defensive line, but Gary may be the most dangerous player on Sunday night. — Brendan Sugrue

CB Jaire Alexandre: The Packers secondary is led by cornerback Jaire Alexander, considered one of the best in the NFL. However, Alexander and the Packers defense were set on fire by Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson last weekend. The star pass catches had nine catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns and played with the secondary all day. Alexander wasn’t following Jefferson, but maybe he should have. The All-Pro corner was solid in his coverage when targeted, but it wasn’t often. Alexander may be shadowing Darnell Mooney for much of the night, but wherever he plays, he’s someone the Bears need to watch. — Brendan Sugrue

Injuries to be aware of

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Bear: Chicago stayed pretty clean on the injury front, which is impressive considering the conditions they played in in Game 1. Rookie wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. looked set to make his NFL debut as he recovers from a hamstring injury. But he appears to have suffered a setback and is officially a doubt for Sunday night’s game. Other than that, the biggest ‘injury’ concern involves Lucas Patrick and whether he will be able to return to centre. In Week 1, he wore a club and rotated to right guard with Teven Jenkins. It certainly feels like we could have another rotation this week. — Alyssa Barbieri, Bears Wire

Packers: The Packers have listed four offensive starters as questionable for Sunday night: left tackle David Bakhtiari, right tackle Elgton Jenkins, receiver Allen Lazard and left guard Jon Runyan Jr. The offensive line could be in shambles if the three are all inactive. The passing game and running game could really use Lazard, who is Aaron Rodgers’ most reliable target and a top blocker. The guess here is that Lazard has the best chance to play. Runyan is still trying to get through concussion protocol. — Zach Kruse, Packers Wire

Scenario to watch: Can the Bears end their six-game losing streak against the Packers?

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The Bears could pull off a win on the road as Green Bay struggles to find rhythm on offense, relying on rookie wide receivers and a patchy offensive line.

The Bears are on a six-game losing streak against Green Bay. The last victory came at home in 2018 in a 24-17 win with Mitch Trubisky giving tight end Trey Burton the go-ahead with 4 minutes left.

Since then, it’s been just heartache. Over the past six games, the Packers have beaten the Bears 29-17 and extended their all-time lead to 103-95-6 against Chicago. But it could be the game that changes things.

What better way to “take back the North” than by beating the three-time division champion? —Nate Atkins

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