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Saturday, September 24, 2011
Nuts & Bolts: Bears-Packers

By Michael C. Wright



Packers at Bears

When: 3:15 p.m. Sunday | TV: FOX 32 WFLD-TV | Radio: 780 AM, WBBM & 105.9 FM

Bears (1-1)

Coach: Lovie Smith. | Record including playoffs: 66-53

Career head-to-head record (including playoffs) vs. Mike McCarthy: 5-6

Career record (including playoffs) vs. Packers: 8-7 | Last week: Lost to Saints 30-13

Key stat: Since 2004, the Bears are 20-6 when they have a 100-yard rusher, and 10-0 under those circumstances over the past five years. The Bears are also 7-1 against the Packers when they hold them to 17 points or fewer.

Offensive rank: 24th (311.5 ypg) | Defensive rank: 22nd (384 ypg)

Offensive leader: RB Matt Forte has been responsible for 52 percent of Chicago's offense through the first two games. Dating back to Week 16 of the 2010 regular season (including playoffs), Forte has gained 938 yards from scrimmage, which ranks as the most by a Bears player over six consecutive games since Walter Payton gained 948 from Weeks 7-12 of the 1985 season.

Julius Peppers
Julius Peppers' 91 career sacks ranks as the third most in the NFL since 2002.
Defensive leader: DE Julius Peppers notched two sacks in the season opener against the Falcons, and contributed four quarterback pressures last week in the team's loss to the Saints. Peppers now has 91 career sacks, which ranks as the third most since 2002. Peppers has also forced 33 fumbles, which also ranks third in the league since 2002.

STREAKS

  • The Bears face their third consecutive participant of the 2010 playoffs Sunday when they meet the Packers. The 34 combined victories by the Falcons (13), Saints (11) and Packers (10) in 2010 ranks as the most victories in the previous year by the team's first three regular-season opponents.

  • Forte has led the Bears in yards from scrimmage in two consecutive games.

  • Long snapper Patrick Mannelly will play his 140th consecutive game with the Bears, which ranks as the most in franchise history.


    Packers (2-0)

    Coach: Mike McCarthy | Record: 55-34 | Career head-to-head record vs. Smith: 6-5

    Career record against Bears: 6-5 | Last week: Defeated Panthers 30-23.

    Key stat: The Packers have finished in the top 10 in third-down conversions for four consecutive seasons, and through Week 2, the club ranks No. 4 on third downs with a 54.2 percent conversion rate (13-of-24).

    Offensive rank: 9th (409 ypg) | Defensive rank: 30th (476 ypg)

    Aaron Rodgers
    Aaron Rodgers has passed for more than 300 yards in both Packers games this season.

    Offensive leader: QB Aaron Rodgers ranks No. 2 in the NFL with a passer rating of 126.4 -- and is coming off his 16th career 300-yard game (308), 28th without an interception, and 27th with a passer rating of better than 100. Rodgers is also the first Packers quarterback to throw for 300 yards or more in each of the first two games of the season. Counting the playoffs, Rodgers has thrown for 300 yards or more, three touchdowns and no INTs nine times since becoming the starter, which is more than any other quarterback over that span.

    Defensive leader: CB Charles Woodson posted his sixth career two-INT outing against the Panthers, and five of those performances have come while Woodson was a Packer. Woodson is just the sixth player in Packers history to notch five or more multiple-INT games. Interestingly, the former 1997 Heisman Trophy winner is the only player to intercept another Heisman winner in the NFL, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He's accomplished that feat four times.

    STREAKS

  • Although the Bears hold a 92-84-6 advantage in the overall series, the Packers have won the past two meetings, and have won 14 of the past 19 games at Soldier Field.

  • OT Chad Clifton is one of only 15 Packers and four offensive linemen to play 160 games for the franchise, and has started 124 of the past 130 games.

  • Over their past 10 regular-season games, the Packers have converted 50 percent on third down in five of those outings, winning four of those five.