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Fantasy News and Notes: Bears at Packers Thursday Night Football

Fantasy Fantasy News and Notes: Bears at Packers Thursday Night Football

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A Few Notes and Sleepers for Thursday Night Football

Bears at Packers

This is the 183rd regular season meeting between the Bears and Packers dating back to November 27, 1921…the Bears, then known as the Chicago Staleys, were sponsored by Staley Starchworks and led by player/coach George Halas….The Green Bay Packers, who in 1921 were also a company owned team,  owned by the Acme Meat Packing Company, and led by player coach Curley Lambeau….Staleys won 20-0 on their way  to winning  their first championship for the team
that would become the Chicago Bears…

The Packers were trampled  by the 49ers last week on the ground, they allowed 5.9 yards a carry and 186 yards rushing  for the game…The Bears will continue to use the running tandem of Matt Forte and Michael Bush… Bush will get the goal line carries, although Forte complained about that after Week 1… after getting two rushing touchdowns last Sunday Bush remains a good play…TE sleeper of the week is Kellen Davis, he had four receptions, 53 yards and scored against the Packers week three and week 16 last year… Jay Cutler should have him open in play action at the goal line….Bears rookie WR Alshon Jeffrey, who had 5 targets and touchdown against the Colts, makes for a good flex start against Packer cornerbacks that will be tested all night and that will be paying more attention to WR Brandon Marshall…WR Greg Jennings probably will not play, even if he gets on field he will be slowed, making  WR’s James Jones and Randall Cobb solid starts against a Bear pass defense that was 28th in the league in 2011…the good news for RB Cedric Benson is that he was the only Packer running back to carry the ball last week…the bad news is that quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the Packers last week in rushing…the Bears are solid against the run, the Packers are content to pass on 65% of their snaps anyway…if you can sit Benson and dust him off for next Monday.

 

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Kurt Backert

About Kurt Backert

Kurt's passion for the game began in the 60's watching the Colts on TV and at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. He began following the statistics of not only his beloved Colts but also those of the Colts opponents, with a keen eye on Vince Lombardi's Packers. His thirst for and attention to statistical detail would eventually lead Kurt on a journey to the world of fantasy football in the late 1980's where he's captured more titles than John Wooden's UCLA Bruins   Kurt carries a distinction that no other fan of the NFL can boast about.  He is the reigning NFL National Trivia Champion and he credits his Dad for passing on such passion for the game, something Kurt also hopes to pass along to his 9-year-old son. More from Kurt Backert
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