Packers v Bears Week 2 NFL

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in action against the 49ers. Photo: Jim Prisching/AP
Green Bay  has already equalled its loss tally from last season after they were surprised by the 49ers in Week 1. It’s not exactly panic stations yet in Wisconsin, but a second straight defeat would leave them two games behind this week’s opponent – Chicago  - arguably their biggest rivals in the race to win the NFC North.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers produced his usual 300+ yard passing game last week, but his defence, which ranked last in the NFL last season, allowed the Niners’ rushing brigade to rumble their way up the field on an regular basis.

The Bears got their season off on the right foot with a 41-21 mauling of Indianapolis, and QB Jay Cutler had the offence humming from the get-go. He connected with ex-Denver teammate, Brandon Marshall, on nine occasions for 119 yards.  Coincidentally, Marshall had the best two seasons of his career playing with Cutler at the Broncos.

Since Cutler moved to Soldier Field in 2009, he hasn’t experienced much joy against the Pack, winning just one of six encounters. His Bears haven’t won in front of the Cheeseheads at Lambeau Field since 2007, when Brett Favre was still in Packers colours.

Expect a high-scoring encounter , with Green Bay racking up 35 points per game last season, while the Bears showed last week they’ll be able to keep the scoreboard ticking over this season, even if their effort was against the Colts’ woeful 'D'.

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