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Packers vs. Bears: Five key matchups's Wes Hodkiewicz identifies five key matchups in Sunday’s Packers-Bears game


  1. Aaron Rodgers vs. Chicago's secondary

The Bears are in a similar boat as the Packers in regards to their secondary. Kyle Fuller and Brandon Boykin already are on injured reserve, while Bryce Callahan (hamstring), Tracy Porter (knee) and Deiondre' Hall (ankle) all sat out of practice on Tuesday. Jacoby Glenn (6-0, 185) and Cre'Von LeBlanc (5-11, 190), two former undrafted free agents, are healthy and should see significant snaps. Rodgers acknowledged being slightly off on some of his throws in recent weeks but believes he and the offense aren't far away from finding their rhythm. Rodgers has a passer rating of 104.3 in 17 games against the Bears and has had a passer rating of more than 100.0 in six of the last 10 matchups.

  1. Clay Matthews vs. Brian Hoyer

One week after playing one quarterback without an interception, the Packers find themselves facing another who remains unblemished this season in Brian Hoyer, the 31-year-old journeyman who's played with six teams. The 6-2, 215-pound QB has been lights out since stepping into the starting lineup Week 3 against Dallas. He owns a 100.8 passer rating this season with 189 passes thrown without an interception. The Bears' offensive line, which could be without former Packers guard Josh Sitton, has kept the pocket clean for Hoyer, who's only been sacked once in the past two weeks. Matthews has nine sacks and three interceptions in 13 games against Chicago.

  1. Ty Montgomery vs. Danny Trevathan

The injuries to Eddie Lacy and James Starks could steer the Packers toward using newly acquired Knile Davis in traditional run situations, but Montgomery likely will factor largely into the Packers' game plan. The second-year receiver enjoyed a career day against the Cowboys splitting his reps between receiver and the backfield. At 6-0, 216 pounds, he's big enough to run between the tackles and yet explosive when he gets into the open field. Trevathan was signed this offseason to be the third-down linebacker in Vic Fangio's 3-4 defense. He's been inhibited lately with a club on his hand. Trevathan has 25 tackles and a sack in four games this season.

  1. David Bakhtiari vs. Willie Young

Along with the injuries in the secondary, Fangio also has been without his top pass-rusher (Pernell McPhee, physically unable to perform), nose tackle Eddie Goldman (ankle), and linebackers Leonard Floyd (calf) and Lamarr Houston (injured reserve). Yet, the Bears remain tied for a respectable 12th in sacks thanks to 31-year-old outside linebacker Willie Young, whose six sacks are tied for fourth-most in the NFL. Five of his six sacks have come over the past two games. Meanwhile, Bakhtiari and the Packers' offensive line have kept the pocket clean for Rodgers, who's been sacked only once in the past two games.

  1. Mike Daniels vs. Jordan Howard

Daniels and the run defense will be hungry to put the Dallas game behind them after conceding 157 yards to Ezekiel Elliott in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys. Still, Green Bay ranks second in the NFL in allowing only 72.4 yards per game this season. Howard, a fifth-round pick out of Indiana, started the season as the Bears' third-string running back before injuries to Jeremy Langford (ankle) and Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring). Howard has looked the part, though. While he's coming off a down performance against Jacksonville, the 6-0, 222-pound running back has 66 carries for 330 yards (5.0 avg.) and a touchdown.'s Wes Hodkiewicz identifies five key matchups in Thursday's Packers-Bears game.

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