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NFL Capsule: Packers at Bears

NFL Capsule: Packers at Bears

GREEN BAY (9-4) At CHICAGO (8-5)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Packers by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Green Bay 7-6; Chicago 6-7

SERIES RECORD - Bears lead 92-87-6

AP PRO32 RANKING - Packers No. 6 (tie); Bears No. 12

LAST MEETING - Packers beat Bears 23-10, Sept. 13

LAST WEEK - Packers beat Detroit 27-20; Bears lost to Vikings 21-14

PACKERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (18), PASS (12)

PACKERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (15), PASS (17)

BEARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (10), PASS (27)

BEARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (12), PASS (6)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Packers have won seven of eight and can clinch second straight NFC North title with win. ... Green Bay has also won five straight and seven of eight against Chicago, including NFC title game two years ago. Packers eyeing third season sweep in four years against Bears. ... Win would give Green Bay fourth straight season with double-digit victories, tying team record. ... Packers have won franchise-record 11 straight division games. ... Packers sixth in NFL with 35 sacks. ... Packers sacked Chicago's Jay Cutler seven times and intercepted him four times in first meeting this season. ... CB Charles Woodson (broken collarbone) out for seventh straight game. ... LB Clay Matthews practiced Wednesday for first time since pulling hamstring last month and was eager to play this week. Had career-high 3 1/2 sacks against Cutler last time and leads Packers with nine despite missing past four games. ... Bears have dropped four of five after 7-1 start. ... Chicago placed K Robbie Gould (left calf), CB Sherrick McManis (knee) and S Craig Steltz (chest) on injured reserve and signed veteran K Olindo Mare to one-year contract. ... Bears lead NFL with 35 takeaways. ... Defense has seven touchdowns, all on interception returns. ... Cutler expects to play after leaving last week's game with sore neck. Including NFC title game two years ago, Cutler 1-7 against Packers with twice as many interceptions (16) as touchdowns (eight). Cutler's 11,754 yards passing rank second in team history behind Sid Luckman's 14,686. ... WR Brandon Marshall had two catches for 24 yards last time against Green Bay. Leads NFL with franchise-record 101 receptions, ranks second in league in yards receiving with career-high 1,342 and tied for third with nine TD catches, one behind league leaders A.J. Green of Cincinnati and New England's Rob Gronkowski. ... CB Charles Tillman has career-high nine forced fumbles.

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Bruins G Tuukka Rask opts out of NHL playoffs over COVID-19

Bruins G Tuukka Rask opts out of NHL playoffs over COVID-19

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has opted out of the team's playoff run.

The Vezina Trophy finalist -- and winner of the top goaltender award in 2014 -- said in a statement Saturday morning before Game 3 of Boston's playoff series against Carolina that "at this moment there are things more important than hockey in my life, and that is being with my family."

Rask led the NHL with a 2.12 goals-against average and was second in save percentage and shutouts. 

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Boston and Carolina are tied 1-1 in the best-of-seven series. After a 3-2 loss on Thursday night, Rask said he complained that the NHL's fan-free playoffs lacked the usual intensity.

"It doesn't feel like playoff hockey out there. There's no fans, so it's kind of like an exhibition game," he said. "It just feels dull at times."

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Bryce Harper glad Phillies able to respond after 'embarrassing' Orioles series

Bryce Harper glad Phillies able to respond after 'embarrassing' Orioles series

When the Baltimore Orioles swept the Phillies in a midweek series, several Philadelphians were not pleased. 

One Phillies analyst called the performance "lifeless" and now Bryce Harper is referring to the whole team's effort as "embarrassing."

Much to Harper's and the Phillies' pleasure, the team was able to respond in the series opener against the Mets with a walk-off to get back in the win column. 

"That's a big win for us right there," Harper told reporters postgame. "We have to start out the series after the embarrassment we put up against the Baltimore Orioles, that was pretty terrible. To be able to start this series off on the right foot, that's huge for us."

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In the three-game set, Baltimore scored 26 runs against Philadelphia. The first two games saw the Phillies starters post four earned runs each and the finale was a miraculous extra-inning comeback for Baltimore, where they scored 10 runs in the final five innings. It was more than an indictment of the team's pitching than anything else.

Many teams across the league believed the Orioles would be walkover team in a 60-game sprint to get the 2020 season complete. After one of the worst records in the sport's history over the past two seasons and no sign of things turning around, that was expected to carry over. An 11-8 record a third of the way through shows that is not the case. Baltimore has the fouth-best record in the American League. Even in a normal season, they would be in line for a Wild Card spot. 

Harper and the Phillies learned that the hard way. 

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