at PACKERS (3-2)
Line: GB by 7 1/2.
Cote’s pick: GB 31-17.
TV: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, CBS/NFLN (airing in South Florida).
NFL’s Week 7 kickoff offers league’s most venerable matchup with these teams’ 191st meeting, the most between any two franchises. Now here’s a sentence I never imagined writing: “Brian Hoyer has been better than Aaron Rodgers this season.” It’s true. And, compounding that, Packers’ injury-racked, cobbled-together secondary makes a fifth consecutive 300-yard game by Hoyer a strong possibility. Also, Rodgers’ top running backs (Eddie Lacy, James Starks) are both out; hence this week’s trade with KC for Knile Davis. All of this makes it seem I might like Chitown in an NFC North upset, right? Nope. Bears have a ton of trouble scoring despite Hoyer’s big stats, and I cannot see Cheesers losing a second in a row at Lambeau. Also, this is perfect timing for Rodgers to find his missing mojo. He has 14 TDs, one pick and a 127 rating his past four starts vs. the Windy boys.