Greg Cote

Hoyer has been better than Rodgers this year, but hard to imagine Bears upsetting Packers

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers warms up before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sun., Oct. 16, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis.
Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers warms up before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sun., Oct. 16, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. AP

BEARS (1-5)

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.

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