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ABOUT THE PACKERS (9-4): Beware of the vaunted Green Bay ... running game? The trio of Alex Green (career-high 69 yards), practice squad call-up DuJuan Harris (31 yards, touchdown) and veteran Ryan Grant made their presence felt last week. Aaron Rodgers also got in on the fun with a 27-yard touchdown run, but isn't too bad of a passer, either. In addition, Rodgers may see the return of wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who has been hobbled by a hamstring injury.
ABOUT THE BEARS (8-5): Cutler has connected with trusted target Brandon Marshall - who emphasized his dislike for the Bears on Wednesday - 101 times for 1,342 yards this season, but the pair only hooked up twice for 24 yards in the previous encounter versus the Packers. Getting Matt Forte untracked could go along way for both the running and passing games. Forte, who mustered just 31 yards vs. Green Bay in the previous encounter, hasn't scored a rushing TD since Nov. 4.
* Packers are 5-1 ATS in their last six vs. NFC opponents.
* Under is 4-0 in Packers’ last four games overall.
* Under is 5-0 in Bears’ last five vs. NFC North foes.
* Packers are 4-0 ATS in their last four meetings.
1. After recording 28 turnovers en route to posting a 7-1 mark, Chicago has forced just seven takeaways in its past five contests.
2. Green Bay OLB Clay Matthews (hamstring) is in line to return after a four-week absence, but veteran S Charles Woodson (broken collarbone) will spend another game on the sideline.
3. The Bears will turn to veteran K Olindo Mare after Robbie Gould suffered a season-ending calf injury prior to last week's game versus Minnesota.
For an 11-2 team, the Atlanta Falcons don't get much love. Sure, they have the NFL's No. 8 scoring offense and the No. 4 pass offense, but the defense has allowed teams to rack up 361.9 yards per game.
NFL analyst Michael Lombardi said Sunday on "First on the Field" the Falcons are similar to the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers from last year -- completely dependent on offense. He explained they need to throw the ball and make plays downfield with Roddy White and Julio Jones to be successful. The Falcons have been beatable with Ryan struggling the last five games. They've gone 3-2 with Ryan throwing seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.
"They've got to have a lead ... and then there's no margin for error," Lombardi said. "Matt Ryan can't have a bad game and that's going to put all the pressure on the offense."
Line moves: Lions opened at minus-6, currently at minus-6.5/7
Books says: "Let's say the Cards scored more than zero and the Lions got beat a little more. Even with Arizona having a bad QB, with the Lions traveling against a dead team the number figured to be four. But we know we will add a point or point and a half at least, plus the early money was going to show, so it went up. What's the breaking point? If the game goes to 7.5, as bad as the cards are, would you take it? Yeah we will get bites."