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Both far from playoff contention, the Bears and Packers are gearing up for their most meaningful game remaining in the 2022-23 campaign. The Packers are three-point favorites and are 4-8 against the spread this year. Similarly, Chicago is 4-7-1 against the spread.

Check out these keys to the game:

Quarterbacks

All eyes will be on the quarterback play. Justin Fields missed last week’s matchup against the Jets due to a shoulder injury while part-time conspiracy theorist Aaron Rodgers left the Sunday night game with an “obliques” injury.

Assuming his holistic medicine does its trick, we should see number 12 suiting up on Sunday. Based on how he has played this year, it’s great news for the Bears. With a quarterback rating of 41.3, Rodgers ranks 27th at his position, smack dab between Matt Ryan and Mac Jones. Already, Packers fans are calling for Jordan Love to supplant Rodgers as the starter.

Last week, the Packers defense struggled to contain Jalen Hurts. Assuming Fields has recovered from his injury and fatigue, he is a must-start in fantasy and could break his personal best for rushing yards.

Wide Receivers

News broke Tuesday that Darnell Mooney would need surgery and miss the remainder of the season. Though a devastating loss to the offense, Fields has been utilizing tight end Cole Kmet with great success. Top acquisitions Byron Pringle and Chase Claypool shared most of the passing game’s production against the Jets, which could mean they are becoming more comfortable with the offensive scheme.

On the other sideline, Christian Watson is picking up steam. Without Eddie Jackson, it will be critically important to regain Jaquan Brisker, who missed last week’s game due to a concussion. Aside from the running game and an occasional shot the Watson, the Packers offense is much more limited than it has been in the past.

Plenty of Scoring

Both defenses have been banged up and depleted. They will also face strong rushing attacks on both sides. BetMGM set the line at 42.5, but I expect these offenses to easily surpass it by the end of the third quarter. Ultimately, the game should come down to the wire and could give Fields one more chance to deliver a heroic game-winning drive.

 

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