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Bears continue prepping to host Packers

Posted Nov 8, 2017

Fresh off their bye week, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to continue preparing for Sunday’s home game against the rival Green Bay Packers.

Fresh off their bye week, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to continue preparing for Sunday’s home game against the rival Green Bay Packers.

The Bears (3-5) have won two of their last three games following a 1-4 start, beating the Ravens 27-24 in overtime and the Panthers 17-3 before losing to the Saints 20-12.

The Packers (4-4) opened the season 4-1 but have lost all three games since star quarterback Aaron Rodgers sustained a broken right collarbone Oct. 15 against the Vikings.

Rodgers has been replaced by Brett Hundley, a 2015 fifth-round draft pick from UCLA. In one relief appearance and two starts, Hundley has completed 57 of 97 passes for 489 yards with one touchdown, four interceptions and a 58.3 passer rating.

The Packers averaged 27 points per game with Rodgers at quarterback this season, but they’ve mustered 10, 17 and 17 points in the three contests he’s missed.

The Packers are coming off a short week, having lost at home to the Lions 30-17 on Monday night.

Green Bay’s 35-14 win over the Bears Sept. 28 at Lambeau Field gave the Packers the lead in the all-time series between the longtime rivals for the first time since 1933. The Bears led 81-56 after the first matchup in 1992, but the Packers have won 39 of 52 meetings since that point to take a 95-94-4 edge.

Entering Week 10 the Bears rank 29th in offense (6th rushing and 32nd passing) and 8th in defense (13th against the run and 11th versus the pass). The Packers rank 23rd in offense (tied for 21st in rushing and 21st passing) and 25th in defense (23rd against the run and 20th versus the pass).

ChicagoBears.com will provide all the latest news throughout the week from Halas Hall. Coach John Fox will address the media Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains will be available Wednesday, while defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and special-teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will speak Thursday.