As The Green Bay Packers (3-2) prepare to host the Chicago Bears (1-5) on Thursday Night Football, here are our ‘Fast 5 Pack Facts.’
#1 Injuries Abound: The Packers are without RB’s Eddie Lacy (placed on IR today) and James Starks. The team traded for Knile Davis this week, but will likely give the majority of the RB snaps to practice squad call-up Don Jackson. The CB position is in horrendous shape as well with Sam Shields placed on IR this week and Damarious Randall + Quinten Rollins both out this week. Ladarius Gunter and Demetri Goodson both struggled against the Cowboys and are the Packers’ best options again. On the Bears side, there are copious health concerns as well, most notably the absence of QB Jay Cutler, who has been replaced but a surprisingly-successful Brian Hoyer.
#2 Rodgers struggles continue: There have been exactly 100 300-yard performances by NFL quarterbacks since Aaron Rodgers last 300-yard outing (Week 10, 2015).
#3 Slow after fast starts: The Packers have scored 3 Td’s and 1 FG on their 5 opening drives this year (4.8 pts/poss). But on their 50 other possessions? Green Bay has averaged only 1.8 pts/poss.
#4 Home field disadvantage?: Aaron Rodgers quarterbacked the Packers to only 4 home losses over 4 years from 2011-2014 (counting the playoffs!). But the Packers have now lost 4 of their last 7 home games. Similarly, Rodgers had led the Packers to <20 pts at home only twice in his career before last season, but has now failed to top 20 pts in 4 of his last 7 home games.
#5 Bears wide receivers: Alshon Jeffery has remarkably failed to find the end zone this season. That could change against the Packers depleted secondary tonight. Also of note, Cameron Meredith has 20 receptions for the Bears in the last 2 weeks! Chicago has the #4 passing offense in the NFL this year, but has scored the FEWEST points in the league. This is because the Bears still stink in the red zone, converting TD’s only 47% of the time.
Prediction: Packers, 19, Bears 18
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