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Packers will take on the Bears Thursday night


The NFL's oldest rivalry will meet for the 185th time Thursday night at Lambeau Field. The 0-1 Green Bay Packers will take on the 1-0 Chicago Bears at 7:20 p.m.

According to the Dope Sheet, the Packers have won six of the last seven meetings between the teams, including playoffs.

The Packers had a short turn around this week after taking on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

In Week 1, Aaron Rodgers was the Packers' leading rusher in that loss to the 49ers.

Cedric Benson had nine carries for 18 yards, averaging 2 yards per carry. Rodgers ran five times for 27 yards. Nobody else, including promising second-year back Alex Green, got a touch in the running game as the Packers found themselves playing from behind.

Meanwhile, Charles Woodson says he isn't worried, even if the Green Bay Packers' defense didn't look much better Sunday than it did last season.

Woodson says it will take some time for the Packers' new players to make an impact. And the veteran defensive back insists he saw signs of progress Sunday.

The revamped defense gave up 377 net yards of offense to the 49ers, who looked more explosive than they did during last season's run to the NFC championship game. Alex Smith was 20 of 26 for 211 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and Frank Gore ran for 112 yards and a touchdown.

Woodson says, "We're going to get where we need to be. I promise you that."

In Chicago, Brandon Marshall insists it's a new day. The way he connected with Jay Cutler, it sure seemed like old times, though.

The Pro Bowl receiver got off to a good start with his new team and his old quarterback, coming through with an explosive performance for the Chicago Bears in their 41-21 season-opening victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Marshall caught nine passes for 119 yards with a touchdown. Cutler threw for 333 yards with two TDs, and the Bears spoiled No. 1 draft pick Andrew Luck's debut with the Colts.

Marshall says they're "trying to build a new thing" in Chicago.

To many they picked up where they left off. They put up huge numbers during their three seasons together in Denver, and were at it again.

The NFL deems the Green Bay and Milwaukee markets as the home market so viewers there will be able to watch the game on free TV. However the NFL Network has the rights to air the game and it will not be on free TV in the Wausau - Rhinelander market.

More from the Dope Sheet

  • Thursday night's contest vs. Chicago is the first of five scheduled prime-time appearances (subject to flex scheduling) for the Packers this season, which would be a franchise record.
  • What makes the evening contest against the Bears more notable is the fact that it marks the seventh consecutive season (2006-12) that the NFC North rivals have met in a prime-time game.
  • The teams have met four times in Sunday night contests and twice on Monday Night Football since 2006, with each club winning three games.
  • The Packers and Bears have met on a Thursday night only once before, an Oct. 17, 1991, contest at Lambeau Field. That was Green Bay's first-ever appearance on a Thursday night and this week's contest will be the Packers' seventh Thursday evening game in team history.
  • This will be the 17th time that the division rivals have met in a prime-time contest. Green Bay holds a 9-7 edge in those games (5-5 on Monday Night Football, 4-1 on Sunday night, 0-1 on Thursday night).
  • Since 2009, the Packers are 8-3 overall (.727) in prime-time games.

*The Associated Press contributed to this report

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