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The Week Ahead: Bears prep to visit Packers


Six days after their 31-24 win over the Cowboys at Soldier Field, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to continue preparing for Sunday's game against the Packers in Green Bay.

The Bears (7-6) have won three straight and four of five since a four-game losing streak. In last Thursday night's victory over Dallas, they scored three touchdowns and one field goal on four straight possessions to turn an early 7-0 deficit into a commanding 24-7 lead.

Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is coming off his two best games of the season. After passing for 338 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-20 Thanksgiving win over the Lions, he threw for 244 yards and three TDs while also rushing for a season-high 63 yards and one TD on 10 carries versus the Cowboys.

The Packers (10-3) have won two straight, beating the Giants 31-13 and Redskins 20-15, after losing two of three games following a 7-1 start.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has passed for 3,260 yards with 23 touchdowns, two interceptions and a 102.0 passer rating that ranks ninth in the NFL. Rodgers has won 15 of the last 17 games he has started and finished against the Bears and has thrown 25 touchdown passes and just two interceptions in his last 10 starts versus Chicago.

Storyline of the week
Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks returned to practice last week and is eligible to be activated off injured reserve and play Sunday in Green Bay. Hicks has missed eight games with an elbow injury he sustained Oct. 6 in a loss to the Raiders. His return against the Packers would provide a big boost to a Bears defense that has been thinned out by injuries.

Inside linebacker Danny Trevathan has been sidelined since hurting his elbow Nov. 10 in a win over the Lions, cornerback Prince Amukamara missed last Thursday night's victory over the Cowboys with a hamstring injury, and inside linebacker Roquan Smith was placed on injured reserve this week with a torn pectoral muscle he suffered versus Dallas.

Series history
The Bears trail the all-time series 98-95-2 and have lost 16 of the last 19 matchups. The Packers won the last meeting 10-3 in this year's season opener Sept. 5 at Soldier Field. The Bears defense allowed just one touchdown and sacked Rodgers five times. But an out-of-sync Chicago offense mustered just one field goal on 12 possessions.

Numbers game
The Bears enter Week 15 ranked 29th in the NFL on offense (29th rushing and 28th passing) and 10th on defense (7th against the run and 13th versus the pass). The Packers rank 23rd on offense (17th rushing and 16th passing) and 22nd on defense (25th against the run and 21st versus the pass).

Talk show
Bears coach Matt Nagy will address the media Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Trubisky will speak Wednesday, while offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano and special-teams coordinator Chris Tabor will conduct press conferences Thursday.

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