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What Do You Need to Know About the Packers?

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Look, it's the Packers. The evil team out of Green Bay. The cheeseheads. The team the Bears have played more than any other team, and the other half of the longest-running rivalry in the NFL. We know them. But then again, the Bears have changed considerably since last season. Did the Packers? Here's what you need to know about them.

    Injuries already a factor: Greg Jennings was officially listed as doubtful for Thursday's game because of a groin injury. He has been one of the Packers' best receiving threats over the past few seasons and always gives the Bears fits.

    Rodgers being Rodgers: Though Aaron Rodgers is the kind of guy to welch on a bet with Boyz II Men, he is not the kind of guy who will suddenly stop being a dominant quarterback. Even in a loss on Sunday, he threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns.

    Discipline problem: Against the 49ers, the Packers had 10 penalties for a loss of 77 yards. Last season, they were the least penalized team in the league, so a game like they played on Sunday was out of character. It will be interesting to see if they can find that discipline after a shortened week and when playing their arch-rival in the home opener.

    Return of the Cedric Benson: Remember the fever dream of Cedric Benson playing for the Bears? The Jerry Angelo favorite with inconsistent output and bad attitude? He's in Green Bay now. He had just 18 yards in his first game wearing green and gold.

    Clay Matthews will be J'Marcus Webb's nightmare
    : Against the 49ers, Matthews had 2.5 sacks. In six games against the Bears, he has two sacks and has been largely neutralized, but he will be out to overpower Webb and get at Jay Cutler. The Bears cannot lose sight of where he is.