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The Three Bears Necessities: Pass-rush must step up vs. Rodgers

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The Three Bears Necessities: Pass-rush must step up vs. Rodgers

Keep that rocket in the pocket

So, how many times have you seen Aaron Rodgers keep plays alive with his feet while his receivers run down the street, turn left at the hydrant, twist around the parked car on the opposite curb, then come back for the ball? A pass rush that produced just 15 sacks the first nine games got "home" five times last week. But Rodgers is not Brock Osweiler, who found a way to beat them nonetheless. The Bears' front seven must have its best game of the season pressuring the quarterback. This quarterback doesn't get rattled very easily.

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Burn, baby, burn

As in the clock. Ease the defensive stress versus Rodgers by winning the clock. With Matt Forte expected back, keep the running backs fresh, but the offensive line must win its battles, whether it's getting out in front for Forte or Jeremy Langford. The offense's best ground game this season came in the opener. Their per-game average is at 111. The Packers allow 114. But when the time came last Sunday in Minnesota, they shut down Adrian Peterson (13 carries, 45 yards).

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Slippery when wet

The dreaded "wintry mix." That's the forecast for Thanksgiving night in Green Bay. We're well aware of Jay Cutler's 1-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his Bears career versus the Packers. Rodgers simply doesn't turn it over, and the Packers own a plus-eight turnover ratio this season. Cutler's protection plan slipped a bit last week, but it didn't cost his team any points. If you can't win the turnover battle, don't dare lose it.

Get all you need ahead of Sunday's 7:30 p.m. kickoff on Comcast SportsNet with "Bears Pregame Live" at 6:30 p.m.  Jim Miller, Lance Briggs and Dan Jiggetts break down the matchup with Chris, along with Kip Lewis and John Mullin from Lambeau Field. When the second quarter ends, log on here at CSNChicago.com as Jim and Chris break down the first 30 minutes and go over adjustments on "Bears Halftime Live." And as soon as the game goes final, flip back to CSN for the only place you'll get live press conferences, locker room interviews, reaction and analysis for 90 minutes on "Bears Postgame Live."

Under Center Podcast: What should we expect from Mitch Trubisky vs. New Orleans?

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Under Center Podcast: What should we expect from Mitch Trubisky vs. New Orleans?

JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and John "Moon" Mullin look at the likelihood Mitch Trubisky returns on Sunday against the Saints, and what the Bears should expect from him when he comes back (02:00). Plus, JJ is concerned about how the Bears can attack standout Saints CB Marshon Lattimore (09:00) while Moon and Cam dive into what positions need to be better to help Mitch out (11:00).

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