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Thursday night offers the best matchup of Week 2—Bears vs. Packers at Lambeau Field.
The NFC North foes are following up very different performances this week. The Bears had a complete showing last week at Solider Field against Indianapolis. Jay Culter was able to outshine Andrew Luck in his pro debut, as Cutler amassed 333 yards and put two touchdowns on the board for Chicago.
Brandon Marshall impressed in his Bears debut. The re-kindling of the Cutler-Marshall relationship that enjoyed remarkable success in Denver went just as planned. Marshall caught nine balls from Cutler for 119 yards and scored once against the Colts defense.
The Bears' two-headed rushing monster of Matt Forte and Michael Bush was just as dangerous as suspected. On Forte's 16 touches, he rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown, while Bush scored twice more. Forte also added 40 yards through the air.
The Packers' first game since their home playoff loss to the New York Giants last postseason didn't go as expected. Aaron Rodgers was contained, and the Green Bay defense was nothing special.
The 49ers were able to chip away at Green Bay, as David Akers contributed three field goals—including a record-tying 63-yarder—and Alex Smith threw only six incompletions. Michael Crabtree hauled in seven catches while a 35-year-old, un-retired Randy Moss failed to surprise no one when he made an immediate impact for San Fran, hauling in four catches for 47 yards and scoring a touchdown.
This Thursday night's face-off between the northern rivals will be a bitter one. The Bears are looking to prove that they belong at the division's top, while Green Bay looks to avenge their first 0-1 start since 2006.
The Rodgers-Cutler matchup will be featured this week. Both teams' offenses have been battle-tested in the past, and both teams will live and die by their O in this one.
The Packers rushing game, led by Cedric Benson, was remarkably weak against San Francisco. Trusting the Green Bay backs to put numbers on the board is a tough task. Chicago gets the nod in this category.
Green Bay is the six-point favorite Thursday, but don't be surprised if the final score is much closer than that. Rain is in the forecast, so both team's passing attack's may be affected. Then it all comes down to who wants it the most.
Prediction: Packers 24, Bears 23