National Football League
Chicago at Green Bay
When: 8:25 PM ET, Thursday, October 20, 2016
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

While there are many questions surrounding Aaron Rodgers' performance this season, the Green Bay Packers have a bigger issue on their hands heading into Thursday's home game against the Chicago Bears: health. Running back Eddie Lacy is nursing an ankle injury in a backfield that could be reduced to undrafted rookie practice squad member Don Jackson and newcomer Knile Davis, who was acquired from Kansas City for a conditional draft pick on Tuesday.

"It's part of the NFL landscape, and it's obviously a big challenge when you're on a short week," Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said of Davis' task to hit the ground running. "But he's definitely a talented young player." McCarthy used wideout Ty Montgomery out of the backfield in Sunday's 30-16 loss to Dallas, with Rodgers overthrowing an open Randall Cobb in the end zone to underscore his issues with accuracy. Former two-time NFL MVP Rodgers hasn't struggled in his last four encounters with Chicago, throwing 14 touchdowns against one interception for a 127.0 passer rating. While Rodgers feels the Packers are "close" to righting the ship, the Bears are sinking despite rookie running back Jordan Howard rolling up 335 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in his first three career starts.

TV: 8:25 p.m. ET, CBS, NFL Network. LINE: Packers -8.5 O/U: 46

ABOUT THE BEARS (1-5): Brian Hoyer is the first quarterback in team history to record four consecutive 300-yard passing games and looks to exploit a Green Bay secondary that could be without three of its top cornerbacks -- Sam Shields (concussion, injured reserve), Damarious Randall (groin) and Quinten Rollins (groin). Cameron Meredith reeled in 11 receptions for 113 yards in a 17-16 loss to Jacksonville on Sunday and fellow wideout Alshon Jeffery added 93 yards receiving for the Bears, who are seventh in total offense and fourth in passing offense. Veteran Eddie Royal (toe) missed Tuesday's practice while tight end Zach Miller (team-leading 31 receptions) is nursing bruised ribs.

ABOUT THE PACKERS (3-2): Wideout Jordy Nelson failed to reach the end zone for the first time this season on Sunday and has just 106 yards receiving over his last two games, but is averaging 140.3 yards in his last three meetings with Chicago. Fellow wideout Cobb reeled in a touchdown reception last week and has six scores in his past five games versus the Bears. Montgomery collected a career-high 10 receptions last week and could see plenty of action given the Packers' backfield woes and the expected absence of wide receiver Davante Adams (concussion).


1. Green Bay has won 10 of the past 12 meetings between the teams, including the 2010 NFC Championship Game.

2. Chicago G Josh Sitton sustained an ankle injury versus Jacksonville and missed practice on Tuesday, leaving his availability in question to face his former team.

3. Packers T Bryan Bulaga (back) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice.

PREDICTION: Packers 28, Bears 13
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Chicago 1-5 L2 16.8 23.8 1-2 0-3 1-3 0-0 - - 1-2
Green Bay 3-2 L1 22.8 22.6 2-1 1-1 3-1 0-0 - - 2-2
Last Meeting
Chicago Green Bay
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/26/15 CHI 17 GB 13 290 101 189 365 177 188
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Chicago J. Cutler 61.3 200 1 0
Green Bay A. Rodgers 51.2 202 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Chicago J. Langford 12 48 4.0 1
Green Bay E. Lacy 17 105 6.2 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Chicago A. Jeffery 7 90 12.9 0
Green Bay R. Cobb 6 74 12.3 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Chicago J. Langford 1
Green Bay E. Lacy 1
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Chicago B. Hoyer 68.8 1396 6 0
Green Bay A. Rodgers 60.2 1170 10 4
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Chicago J. Howard 66 330 5.0 1
Green Bay E. Lacy 71 360 5.1 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Chicago A. Jeffery 29 487 16.8 0
Green Bay J. Nelson 26 312 12.0 5
Touchdowns Player TD
Chicago Z. Miller 3
Green Bay J. Nelson 5