CHICAGO (5-11) at GREEN BAY (7-9)
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OPENING LINE - Packers by 7 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Chicago 8-6-2, Green Bay 7-9
SERIES RECORD - Packers lead 96-94-6
LAST MEETING - Packers beat Bears 23-16, Nov. 12, 2017
AP PRO32 RANKING - Bears No. 28, Packers No. 9
BEARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (16), PASS (32).
BEARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (10) Youth Ben Roethlisberger Jersey , RUSH (11), PASS (7).
PACKERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (17), PASS (25).
PACKERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (17), PASS (23).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - 197th meeting in NFL's oldest rivalry, dating to 1923. ... Bears have lost four straight and eight of last nine vs. Green Bay. ... Eighth straight night game at Lambeau Field for Bears. ... Head coaching debut of Bears' Matt Nagy. ... QB Mitchell Trubisky set team rookie records last year with 193 completions and 2 C.J. Uzomah Jersey ,193 yards. ... Jordan Howard first Bears RB to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of first two seasons. ... WR Allen Robinson makes Bears debut after signing as free agent, his first game since tearing ACL in Week 1 in 2017 with Jaguars. ... Bears hopeful Khalil Mack will play after Chicago acquired pass-rushing LB in blockbuster deal with Raiders. Mack sat out all of preseason and training camp. ... Mack ranks second in NFL since 2015 with 36 1/2 sacks. ... LB Leonard Floyd has 3 1/2 sacks, forced fumble and fumble recovery in four career games vs. Packers. ... S Eddie Jackson last year became only rookie in NFL history with two 75-yard defensive TDs in season. ... Packers open franchise's 100th season. ... Joe Philbin returns for second stint as offensive coordinator. ... QB Aaron Rodgers healthy again after being limited to seven games in 2017 because of collarbone injury. Rodgers' career 104.7 passer rating against Bears is tops for QB with least 175 attempts. ... RB Jamaal Williams had 818 scrimmage yards and six TDs as rookie in 2017. ... WR Davante Adams' 22 TD catches since 2016 most in NFL. Adams suffered concussion in teams' meeting last year at Lambeau following hit by Bears' ILB Danny Trevathan. ... TE Jimmy Graham makes Packers debut. Graham led NFL TEs with 10 receiving TDs last year while with Seattle. ... Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine makes Green Bay debut. ... Defensive line fortified with addition of free agent end Muhammad Wilkerson. ... LB Clay Matthews led team with 7 1/2 sacks in 2017. ... LB Blake Martinez had NFC-leading 142 tackles last year. ... Veteran CB Tramon Williams returns for second stint with Packers. ... Team took CBs with first two picks in draft, Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson. ... K Mason Crosby has played in 176 straight games, third most in Packers history behind QB Brett Favre (255) and T Forrest Gregg (187). ... Fantasy Tip: Graham and Rodgers have already shown chemistry in camp, connection that should especially carry over into red zone in new season.
As Bengals receiver John Ross tries to turn the page on a disappointing rookie season, he’s already ahead in one key respect.
As noted by Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer Mike McGlinchey Color Rush Jersey , Ross participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time this season on May 22. Last year, it didn’t happen until August 14.
鈥淚t鈥檚 been a while,鈥?coach Marvin Lewis said, via Owczarski. 鈥淗e鈥檚 had so few snaps around 11 guys on the other side of the ball, so this was great work for him and great experience for him that he was not able to get a year ago. He鈥檚 had so few of these days. . . . This is a good chance for him over the next nine days to get another opportunity to play 11-on-11 football that he hasn鈥檛 had a whole lot of opportunity to do.”
Injuries contributed to ineffectiveness for Ross as a rookie, making the ninth overall pick in last year’s draft a borderline bust. This year, he’s looking to make some significant steps forward.
鈥淭he steps forward have to come out here,鈥?Lewis said. 鈥淭here鈥檚 nothing he did otherwise that鈥檚 going to show anything different but just coming out here and getting comfortable playing football again. And doing it and making the adjustments and doing all the things he has to do as a receiver.鈥?/p>
The blazing fast receiver Bryan Little Jersey , if healthy, could become a major factor for the Bengals. Given all the attention that defenses devote to containing A.J. Green, Ross could get plenty of favorable matchups, if/when he’s healthy and able to contribute.
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