PACKERS HOST THE BEARS IN THANKSGIVING MATCHUP
– The Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field in the first home Thanksgiving game since 1923.
– Brett Favre’s name and retired No. 4 will be unveiled on Lambeau Field’s north facade during halftime. He is one of six Packers legends to have their number retired: Don Hutson, 14; Tony Canadeo, 3; Bart Starr, 15; Ray Nitschke, 66; and Reggie White, 92.
– Green Bay has won three of the past four games it has played on Thanksgiving.
– It will be the first time since 1994 (at Dallas) that the Packers have played a team other than the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.
– Green Bay is 3-0 at home on Thanksgiving, including two non-league games, and have outscored its opponents 43-0. This will be the first time Green Bay is hosting a Thanksgiving game since beating the Hammond Pros, 19-0, on Nov. 29, 1923.
– The Packers have won six of the last seven meetings against the Bears at Lambeau Field.
– Tonight will mark game No. 192 in the NFL’s oldest rivalry. The Bears hold a 93-92-6 edge in the series, which includes two playoff games (1-1).
– It is the 10th consecutive year that the Packers and Bears will play in prime time. It is the third year in a row that Chicago will play at Green Bay in November.
– Dating back to 1970, the Packers’ 19 prime-time games against the Bears are the most they have played against any team.
– Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 14-6 against the Bears during the regular and postseason, including wins in 10 of the last 11 games.
– In all but one of the 14 wins under McCarthy, Green Bay has scored at least 20 points, including scoring 30-plus points in each of the last four contests (31, 55, 38, 33).
– In the 13 seasons of the NFC North (2002-14), the Packers (eight) and Bears (three) have accounted for 11 division titles.
– With Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 5-1 in games played on Thursdays. In the six games, he has thrown 13 touchdowns and two interceptions with a quarterback rating of 113.4.
– Green Bay is in the midst of a four-game stretch against division opponents, with all four games taking place in the span of 19 days.
– It is the first time Green Bay has played four straight games against division opponents in a single season since 2000 (Weeks 14-17).
– Green Bay returns to the road in Week 13 to play the Detroit Lions. It will be the first time the Packers have played on consecutive Thursdays since 2007 (Weeks 12-13, Detroit and Dallas).
AGAINST THE BEARS
– With Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 13-3 during the regular and postseason against the Bears, with one loss coming in 2013 after Rodgers left the game with an injury after the first series.
– In the 16 games against Chicago, Rodgers has an overall passer rating of 108.1 and has thrown for a passer rating over 100.0 in six of the last nine matchups.
– In the last three games against the Bears, Rodgers has completed 58 of 78 passes for 806 yards, 13 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 146.7. He has registered passer ratings of 140.0-plus in each of those three contests (140.5, 145.8, 151.2).
– RB Eddie Lacy has recorded a touchdown in all five games against Chicago (four rushing and one receiving).
– In the past four games against the Bears, WR Randall Cobb has six touchdown catches.
– WR James Jones recorded two touchdown catches in Week 1 at Chicago and has seven touchdown catches in the last six meetings with the Bears.
– Over the past six games versus Chicago, LB Clay Matthews has 6.5 sacks, three interceptions and a forced fumble.
– LB Julius Peppers has registered 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the last two games against the Bears.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
– Green Bay has won seven of its last eight NFC North games.
– The Packers are looking to improve to 6-2 against NFC teams this season.
– Green Bay is 14-5 against NFC teams since the start of last season. The Packers’ .737 winning percentage is No. 1 among NFC teams over that span, and the 14 regular-season wins are second only to the Seattle Seahawks (15-6).
– Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 78-36-1 against NFC opponents during the regular season. Green Bay’s 78 wins are eight more than any other team over that span (New Orleans, 70-46).
– The Packers have scored 39 points in the fourth quarter over the last three games, No. 1 in the NFL over that span.
– Green Bay has forced one or more turnovers in every game this season. If they force one on Thursday, it would be the fourth time since 2009 that the Packers forced at least one turnover in each of the first 11 games of the season (2009, 2011, 2014).
– Last week, Green Bay posted its seventh zero-turnover game of the season. That is tied for No. 2 in franchise history (since 1933), matching the mark posted in 2014 and trailing only 2009 (eight).
– Green Bay leads the league with three games with six-plus sacks this season. Dating back to 1963, the Packers’ three six-plus sack games ties a single-season franchise record (1966, 1978, 1991).
– Green Bay has allowed a total of nine first-half points over the last two games.
– In Week 11 at Minnesota, the Packers scored on six of their first eight possessions (two touchdowns, four field goals), including four of five in the first half.
– If Rodgers throws one touchdown pass tonight, he would reach 250 touchdown passes in his 121st game, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (128 games) for the fewest games to reach the milestone.
– Rodgers is tied with New England QB Tom Brady with six games this season with two-plus touchdown passes and zero INTs.
– Rodgers has thrown for 914 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception over the last three games.
– For his career, Rodgers has thrown 91 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and has a passer rating of 111.8 against NFC North teams during the regular season. His passer rating ranks No. 1 in NFL history against division foes (min. 536 pass att.).
– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 21 of the last 26 regular-season games, including 10 of the last 12. The Packers are 18-3 in those games. Since the start of the 2014 season, Rodgers has thrown 61 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
– WR Davante Adams has 20 receptions for 208 yards over the last three games.
– Cobb needs one catch to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 51, which would pass Don Hutson (1941-45) and Paul Coffman (1979-82) and tie him with Greg Jennings (2009-12) for fifth-longest streak in franchise history.
– Jones has set a career high with 11 receptions of 25-plus yards this season. His previous career best was eight in 2013.
– In Week 11, Lacy recorded 100 rushing yards on 22 carries (4.5 avg.). If he records 100-plus rushing yards this week, it will be the first time in his career he has back-to-back 100-yard rushing games in the regular season.
– RB James Starks is four receptions away from surpassing his career high of 29 from 2011 (13 games). He has already set new career bests with 251 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions this season.
– Over the last two games, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has 20 tackles (19 solo), an interception and a sack.
– DE Datone Jones matched his career high with two sacks against Minnesota in Week 11.
– Matthews has 13 career games with two or more sacks. He is one shy of tying Tim Harris (14, 1986-90) for No. 3 in team history (Reggie White, 16; Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, 15).
– Peppers leads the team with 6.0 sacks this season. Dating back to last season (including playoffs), Peppers has 10.5 sacks in the last 14 games.
– Peppers needs one sack to tie New York Giants LB Lawrence Taylor and San Diego/St. Louis/Kansas City DE Leslie O’Neal (132.5) for 12th most in NFL history (since 1982).
– K Mason Crosby tied the single-game team record with five field goals this past Sunday. He became the first player in NFL history to make five field goals of 40-plus yards in a game without a miss.
– In Week 11, WR Jeff Janis returned his first career kickoff 70 yards. The last Packer to return his first career NFL kickoff 70-plus yards was Dave Hampton on Sept. 28, 1969 (87 yards).
WEARING THE STRIPES
– Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Ed Hochuli (85), umpire Clay Martin (19), head linesman Patrick Turner (13), line judge Rusty Baynes (59), field judge Adrian Hill (29), side judge Greg Meyer (78) and back judge Scott Helverson (93).
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