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Thursday, December 22, 2011
BBAO: Bears big underdogs vs. Packers

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

There aren't many expectations for the next installment of the oldest rivalry in the NFL.

The Green Bay Packers are favored over the Chicago Bears by anywhere from 12.5 to 13 points, according ESPN.com's daily composite of betting lines. The Bears haven't been such underdogs to the Packers since 1998, according to R.J. Bell of Pregame.com.

On paper, at least, it's difficult to disagree. The Bears will send out a quarterback in Josh McCown who hasn't started a game in four years and wasn't on an NFL roster until a few weeks ago. And the Packers have won five of the past six meetings between the teams.

Continuing around the NFC North: