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Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers Preview and Predictions 12-15-2019

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The 200th meeting between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field will feature plenty of playoff implications. The Bears have won three straight and four of five to remain in the mix for a wild card spot, while the Packers are on the verge of clinching a playoff spot but have plenty of work left to lock down the NFC North and, perhaps, a first-round bye.

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That was evident in a sluggish 20-15 home victory over a three-win Washington team that gave Green Bay all it could handle. "I just know we're not where we need to be as a football team," coach Matt LaFleur told reporters this week. "I still think ... I'm optimistic we can get there." The Bears have some optimism as well after moving over .500 with a 31-24 win over Dallas last Thursday, but they likely need to sweep a challenging closing stretch against the Packers, Kansas City and Minnesota to have any chance of making the playoffs. "We're in a position where we've gotta have help," Chicago coach Matt Nagy told reporters. "But none of that matters if we don't win. Let's just control what we can control. Let's do everything we can to win this week, see what happens, let it play out."

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ABOUT THE BEARS (7-6): Chicago's turnaround can be tied directly to the improved play of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who has completed 70 percent of his passes with seven passing touchdowns and two rushing scores during the three-game winning streak. "He has continued to gain confidence and trust with himself and then with his teammates," quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone told the Chicago Tribune. "Hopefully that continues the rest of the season. But you've seen the progress. Things have been clearer. Sharper." Veteran wideout Allen Robinson has been the beneficiary of Trubisky's solid play, recording 19 catches for 265 yards and four TDs during the 3-0 run.

ABOUT THE PACKERS (10-3): Green Bay had 167 passing yards and 174 rushing yards in last week's win after posting 243 and 79, respectively, in a victory at the New York Giants the previous Sunday, and there is a sense that the offense needs to find its identity for the stretch run. "The only difference between where we're at now at 10-3 and being a dangerous force that can make a run deep into the playoffs and to the Super Bowl is that consistency," quarterback Aaron Rodgers told reporters. "If anything, that will be the deciding factor on our fate here these next seven or eight weeks. Can we find that consistency in both the run and pass game?" Aaron Jones led the ground attack against the Redskins with 134 yards while also pacing the team with 58 receiving yards.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The teams combined for just 467 total yards and committed 10 penalties apiece in Green Bay's 10-3 win at Chicago to begin the season.

2. Rodgers is 18-5 as the starter against the Bears.

3. Including the playoffs, the Packers have won 16 of the last 19 meetings.

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Last Injuries

Green Bay Packers

  • Randy Ramsey

    Groin
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Ramsey has been unavailable for the past three games due to a groin injury, and it is unclear if he will make his season debut Monday versus the Falcons.

  • Christian Kirksey

    Shoulder
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Kirksey left the previous game due to a right shoulder injury, and it is undetermined if he will be a participant in Monday's contest versus the Falcons.

  • Rashan Gary

    Ankle
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Gary injured his ankle in the last game, and it is uncertain if he will play Monday against the Falcons.

  • Josiah Deguara

    Shin
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Deguara has sat out the previous two games with injuries to his shin and ankle. It is uncertain if he will return Monday against the Falcons.

  • Kenny Clark

    Groin
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Clark has missed the last two games with a groin injury, and it is unknown if he will line up against the Falcons on Monday.

  • Davante Adams

    Hamstring
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Adams was held out of the previous game with a hamstring injury, and his status for Monday's matchup versus the Falcons is hazy.

  • Elgton Jenkins

    Back
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jenkins is managing injuries to his back and ribs, and his status for Sunday's game against the Saints remains unclear.

  • Montravius Adams

    Toe
    Prob Sun | probable

    Adams has a toe injury, but he is projected to play against the Saints on Sunday.

Chicago Bears

  • Sherrick McManis

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    McMais exited the previous game due to hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will face the Colts on Sunday.

  • Tarik Cohen

    Knee
    I-R | I-R

    Cohen has been moved to the injured reserve list with a torn ACL in his right knee.

  • John Jenkins

    Thumb
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jenkins has hit the injured reserve list due to a torn ligament in his thumb, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Robert Quinn

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Quinn is expected to face the Falcons on Sunday despite an ankle injury.

  • Khalil Mack

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Mack is dealing with a knee injury, but it is projected that he will suit up against the Falcons on Sunday.

  • Josh Woods

    Personal
    Prob Sun | probable

    Woods sat out the last game due to a personal matter. He is likely to rejoin the team Sunday against the Falcons.

  • David Montgomery

    Neck
    day-to-day | questionable

    Montgomery departed Sunday's game due to a neck injury, and it is unknown if he will return.

  • Robert Quinn

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Quinn missed the last game with an ankle injury, but it is expected that he will suit up against the Giants on Sunday.