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NFL’s oldest rivals crank up for Thursday Night Football

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers hopes he isn’t the Packers’ best run option when Green Bay hosts the Chicago Bears at 7:25 p.m. Thursday on KTVT/11 and NFL Network. Starting running back Eddie Lacy and backup James Starks are not expected to play because of injuries.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers hopes he isn’t the Packers’ best run option when Green Bay hosts the Chicago Bears at 7:25 p.m. Thursday on KTVT/11 and NFL Network. Starting running back Eddie Lacy and backup James Starks are not expected to play because of injuries. AP

Bears (1-5) at Packers (3-2)

7:25 p.m. Thursday, KTVT/11, NFL Network

Line: Packers by 7  1/2

The NFL’s two oldest rivals, who first played in 1921, will meet for the 193rd time in the regular season. Chicago leads the series 94-92-6. The Packers have scrambled to address their offensive woes, trading for Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis on Tuesday, after an ankle injury to Eddie Lacy left quarterback Aaron Rodgers as the team’s top rushing option. Two-time MVP Rodgers has endured his own struggles, ranking 21st in passer rating (88.4) and 26th in passing yards (1,170). The Bears haven’t been able to translate their seventh-ranked offense (375.2 yards per game) into points, ranking 31st at 16.8 per game. Chicago has won two of its past three trips to Lambeau Field, including 17-13 last Thanksgiving.

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